Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Master of Science in Business Data Analytics (MSBDA)


The MS in Business Data Analytics is offered at the new Schreiber Center on Loyola's Water Tower Campus, just steps away from Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

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Position yourself as a data-driven business leader—and your company’s data scientist—with an MS in Business Data Analytics.

The one-year, full-time graduate degree program will prepare you to make informed business decisions based on a targeted analysis of the big data available to business today.

Our MS in Business Data Analytics will provide you with specialized, hands-on knowledge of software tools and techniques for analyzing big data, statistical models, and their practical business application through real-world consulting projects.

STEM Designation

With a national shortage of professionals trained in STEM related fields, employers are actively pursuing STEM degree holders. Distinguish yourself in business with a STEM-designated degree.

The MS in Business Data Analytics has been granted a STEM designation because the curriculum includes courses in statistics, econometrics, computer programming and information systems, quantitative methods, and management science. 

Under this STEM classification, international students can extend their training in the U.S. by working in their field of study. Students can qualify for a 24-month OPT (Optional Practical Training) Extension, bringing the total OPT time granted to 36 months.

Career Outcomes

Business leaders able to crunch big data are in high demand. A massive shortage of talent—between 140,000 and 190,000 people—with deep analytical skills is predicted by a McKinsey Global Institute study. The same study also projects a workforce gap of 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to decipher and translate data patterns for decision-making.

Graduates of our MS in Business Data Analytics have access to the resources of our Business Career Services office. More →

MSBDA Program Structure

You will complete the degree in 12 months of full-time study, beginning in the fall quarter, by taking three classes each quarter. For the foundational courses, you’ll study as part of a cohort – taking classes with the same group of students. This encourages dynamic interactions between you, your peers, and your professors, allowing you to form lifelong personal and professional connections.

The electives are in specific business discipline areas, such as finance, information systems, marketing, and supply chain management. The program concludes with a hands-on, integrative capstone course featuring a real-world consulting project, where you’ll apply all that you’ve learned. View the curriculum →

Classes are held weekday evenings and Saturdays on Loyola's Water Tower Campus, which is conveniently located off the Red Line in downtown Chicago. Some courses may also be offered online. The program is on a 10-week quarter system.

Benefits of our MSBDA program

  • Prepare for a range of high-salaried employment options, including data scientist, consultant, or manager.
  • Gain the analytical skills needed to prepare predictive analytics and crunch big data.
  • Engage in hands-on learning through real-world projects with leading organizations.
  • Join an impressive network of successful Quinlan alumni, many of whom live and work in the Chicago area, as well as around the USA.
  • Tap into Chicago’s many job opportunities and world-class companies in media, technology, finance, retail, and manufacturing.

Explore the MSBDA program

You may also want to consider our MS in Information Systems and Analytics program. Not sure whether to select the MSBDA or MSISA? See our guide or email us to learn more.

Not ready to commit to a degree program? Consider our Business Data Analytics Certificate or Information Systems Certificate, each of which can be completed in five courses. Learn more →

For more information about the Master in Business Data Analytics degree program, contact:

Steven Todd, PhD
Director of M.S. in Business Data Analytics
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Finance