260 Graduate Programs
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN
The Master of Science in Business Analytics will equip graduates with "Big Data" analytical skills that will allow them to help their respective companies
sift through and analyze large data sets and uncover patterns and insights that will give their firms a valuable competitive advantage. Students with an
undergraduate accounting degree should also be able to take sufficient accounting courses to become licensed as a CPA in the state of South Carolina.
The program goals are to:
1. Provide students with the knowledge of the three areas of data analytics: descriptive (data mining and data visualization), prescriptive (optimization and
simulation), and predictive (forecasting and regression analysis).
2. Provide students with a practical experience with the popular analytics software tools and languages such as SAS and R.
3. Provide students with the necessary skills to design creative data analytics solutions to complex business problems.
The student learning objectives are that upon completing the MSBA program, graduates will be able to:
1. Access, clean, and mine data.
2. Analyze, interpret, and visually display data.
3. Model, analyze, and determine an optimal solution to business problems.
4. Provide estimates about the likelihood of future values of a business metric.
5. Use popular analytics software tools and languages (e.g.: SAS and R).
6. Conduct analyses and communicate the results in a clear business language to inform business decisions.
A Baccalaureate in business or a related field with foundation courses in mathematics, statistics and business taken prior to enrollment. Students from USC
Upstate should have a GPA of 3.0 or above, or a GPA of 2.5 and an acceptable GMAT or GRE score. For students from other institutions a GPA of 2.5 and an
acceptable GMAT or GRE is required. A GMAT/GRE waiver is available for students graduating from AACSB-accredited institutions with a GPA of 3.5 or higher,
applicants who have completed a Master's or Doctoral degree program, and applicants who have two or more years of work experience in a related field.
1. Application, application fee, residency form with all requested information and supporting documents.
2. Transcripts: Individuals seeking admission must provide official transcripts showing all post-secondary coursework attempted and an award of a
baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to USC Upstate
or delivered in a sealed envelope bearing a registrars stamp. Students who are currently enrolled at USC Upstate who are applying for admission following
graduation may submit an unofficial transcript.
3. Letter of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be from professionals knowledgeable about the student's academic
or professional potential.
4. Current CV or resume.
5. Personal statement: Applicants are required to submit a one page personal statement that describes their career goals and how this degree will be utilized
to help attain those goals.