Online MBA With Business Analytics Specialization

With MBA@Syracuse, the online MBA program offered by Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, students can prepare for leadership roles in a wide variety of fields through a top-ranked online MBA program offering both online and in-person learning experiences.1

Why Specialize Your Master’s Degree in Business Analytics?

  • Develop marketing and pricing strategies
  • Detect accounting fraud
  • Optimize supply chain operations
  • Minimize risk while optimizing profit

Online Business Analytics Curriculum

All MBA students will take 36 credits of core coursework. The Business Analytics specialization provides flexibility for students with different career goals, offering a wide variety of electives from the Whitman School of Management, School of Information Studies, and College of Engineering and Computer Science.

To fulfill the specialization, students will take three elective courses, starting with Business Analytics. They will then choose two other courses from the following, which cover technical topics as well as applications of analytics to other business areas:

Technical Electives

  • Data Administration Concepts and Database Management
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Warehouse
  • Introduction to Data Science

Business Electives

  • Accounting Analytics
  • Financial Analytics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Principles of Management Science

The online MBA program can be completed in as few as 24 months.

In addition to the MBA with a Business Analytics specialization, the Whitman School also offers a full online master’s degree program in business analytics for students who want to focus in depth on analytical tools and do not need a general business background.

Business Analytics Specialization Learning Outcomes

After completing the business analytics specialization courses, students will gain:

  • Skills in data collection, data visualization, statistical and pattern analysis, and data mining
  • Working knowledge of common analytic tools used to analyze complex data
  • Subject matter expertise in analytic best practices with a business foundation

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Ready to help your organization make smarter business decisions? Request information today to see how MBA@Syracuse can help you reach your career goals.


The Whitman School seeks motivated professionals who want to use analysis and decision-making skills to benefit their organizations. Candidates who have at least five years of professional work experience may qualify for a GMAT waiver when applying to the online MBA program. See upcoming application deadlines.

Recognition for Whitman’s Top-Ranked Online MBA

Through MBA@Syracuse, the Whitman School offers students around the world the chance to advance their career while continuing to work and balance commitments. Whitman and the online MBA program are top-ranked by leading publications.


Private School for Veterans Ranked by The Military Times in 20202

Top 20

Best Online MBAs Ranked by The Princeton Review in 20201

Featured Whitman Faculty

The Whitman leadership team and faculty share their professional and academic experience to prepare business leaders across a range of fields. Whitman faculty members are leaders who foster collaborative relationships with their students.

Meet one of our faculty members who teaches in the Business Analytics specialization.

Prior to teaching, Professor Harter spent more than 15 years in the industry with BDM International, serving most recently as senior vice president and general manager of systems integration.

Don Harter

Associate Professor of MIS

Take the Next Step

Ready to improve your analytical skills and make a difference for your organization? Request information about the online MBA with a Business Analytics specialization today.

Online and In-Person Learning

In Syracuse’s online MBA program, students gain the critical business skills they need through live online classes, interactive assignments, and in-person learning. Students complete multimedia coursework at their own pace each week to prepare for classroom discussions on theories and analytics applications.

MBA students also attend three in-person residencies, which are immersive events structured like business conferences. At these multiday residencies, students network with classmates and faculty in major cities around the world.

At a recent residency with Professor Harter, students received Excel expert certification.

Career Services

Syracuse’s Career Services team provides career coaching, interview preparation, and resume review to prepare students for success. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping students develop the skills and credentials to reach their professional goals.

In a survey of May 2017 graduates of Whitman online graduate business programs, 67 percent reported that they received a raise or promotion during the program or after graduating.

This data is self-reported by May 2017 alumni of the online graduate business programs from Whitman School of Management. The data was pulled and calculated in March 2018.

Careers in Analytics and Related Fields

Employers in nearly every industry need professionals who can analyze big data to make informed decisions. The demand for management analysts and similar occupations is expected to grow 14 percent between 2016 and 2026.3

Business analytics students develop a basic understanding of the data, derive insights, and use those insights to make decisions that drive positive business outcomes in a variety of fields.

Below are some examples of positions that business analytics graduates may hold:

  • Management analysts propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency by reducing costs and increasing revenues.
  • Executives (such as directors, C-suite executives, or VPs) devise strategies based on data and analysis to ensure that an organization meets its goals.
  • Cost estimators analyze data to estimate the time and cost required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service.
  • Economists collect and analyze data, research trends, and evaluate economic issues related to the production of goods and services.
  • Operations research analysts use advanced analytical methods to help organizations investigate, identify, and solve issues.
  • Survey researchers design and conduct surveys and analyze data to help organizations understand people’s opinions, preferences, or beliefs.
1 The Princeton Review, Top 25 Online MBAs 2020 (Retrieved December 4, 2019) Return to footnote reference
2 The Military Times, Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 4-year Schools (Retrieved December 4, 2019) Return to footnote reference
3 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Management Analysts Job Outlook (Retrieved February 7, 2019)Return to footnote reference