Master of Science in Business Analytics

Business Analytics opportunities are numerous as major organizations adopt data-driven, technology-focused strategies across nearly every industry. In the Wake Forest Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree program, you will learn advanced methodologies to apply analytics to business challenges across a range of functions, including finance, marketing, operations and human resources. You will also learn the language of business and how to work successfully in teams while effectively communicating the results of your analysis. Bottom line – we develop problem solvers that can take data from insight to impact, and can add value to any organization from day one.

Program Highlights include:

Real-World ExperienceFocus on experiential learning projects with our corporate partners and in-class use of actual retail data from our unique Center for Analytics Impact corporate partnerships.
Sharpen Your SkillsDifferentiate yourself by building stronger communication, team work and leadership skills, and an understanding of the responsible and ethical use of data for making better decisions.
Innovative CoursesEmphasis on training across the full spectrum of analytics methodologies with strong business knowledge from innovative courses such as Business Metrics and Analytics in the Boardroom.

The Wake Forest School of Business has designed the MSBA program with the input of our corporate partners to meet their industry needs. Their feedback is clear — we need performance-ready analysts who demonstrate business knowledge and exceptional communication skills.

Wake Forest School of Business held their orientations programs for incoming MA and MSBA students in Ferrell Hall 7/7/16.

Graduates of the Wake Forest MSBA program will be equipped with marketable skills valued by top employers:

  • Ability to identify and define business problems that can be resolved through the use of data and analytics
  • Knowledge to determine the proper analytical methodology to address current business challenges
  • Expertise to properly conduct valuable analyses with a thorough understanding of the methodology and assumptions
  • Confidence and ability to effectively communicate the results of those analyses to all stakeholders


To be eligible for the MSBA program, you must hold or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Successful completion of coursework in calculus and statistics is required.  Our program is designed for recent college graduates with limited or no full-time, post-graduate work experience.

STEM Certified – OPT Extension Eligible

The Wake Forest MSA program is STEM certified, providing enhanced employment opportunities for international students. The STEM and OPT extension can allow students to work for three years in the U.S. while working with companies to obtain a work visa. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 Visa status who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months are permitted to work for one year in the U.S. on a student visa with the goal of gaining practical training to complement their education. OPT extension eligibility allows a 24-month extension of the post-completion OPT, and is available to graduates of the Wake Forest MSA program.

International students always have the option to use their training to pursue career opportunities within their home countries, or find U.S. companies seeking to fill positions overseas with MSA graduates. The Wake Forest Center for Market Readiness and Employment is available to all MSA students to help define career objectives, improve interviewing skills and explore opportunities to launch the career you want.