Jun 24, 2024  
Mercy College 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Analytics, M.S.

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Naushad Kollikkathara, Ph.D., Program Director

Please note: Changes to this page have been made. See the Catalog Addendum  for details. 


The fundamental purpose of the Master of Science in Business Analytics is to educate and prepare students for a career in Business Analytics, which is a high growth area of the economy. The program is offered to candidates who wish to enter or advance their careers in this field.

Business Analytics graduates are in high demand, as the business world is undergoing a data revolution. Most companies are now gathering data with the objective of driving business decisions, and there is an identified and pressing lack of skilled graduates at the intersection of business and data science.


The program combines fundamental concepts and practical applications and exposes students to the latest developments in the field. This is accomplished through the development of a rigorous curriculum by faculty with credentials in both academic and corporate worlds. Students will be trained in various state-of-the-art software programs and coding languages that are in high demand in the market. They will develop a multi-disciplinary business knowledge and be situated at the interface between business and data analytics, an area where the market demand is growing. Students will additionally develop skills in critical thinking, communication, teamwork and ethical decision making.

Expectations of the Graduate

  • Students should be able to give accurate descriptions and critical thoughts on how data flows within an organization and how it adds value to the organization.
  • Students should be able to utilize applicable statistical methods and tools to achieve specific outcomes using data.
  • Students should be able to develop data-driven stories with the intent to:  inform, educate or persuade through analysis and visual representation of data.

Admissions Requirements

General requirements: Please refer to the general requirements for admission and matriculation here .   

Program-specific requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Interview with the Program Director

Candidates will submit an application package with the following:

  • Resumé.
  • Personal Statement (motivations, career plans…)
  • Academic transcript of bachelor’s degree.

Advanced Excel competency is required. In order to prove advanced Excel competency MS Excel certification is preferred, or candidates may justify in their personal statement of significant professional experience with Excel or advanced coursework.

All international students must submit TOEFL scores and a formal evaluation of international coursework.

Transfer Credits

The Master of Science in Business Analytics Program will accept a maximum of 12 (twelve) transfer credits from Mercy College MBA program with concentration in Managerial Analytics.
The following courses can be transferred : ANLC 751 , ANLC 752 , ANLC 754 , MBAA 601 . These courses must have been completed within the last five years of the student’s first quarter of enrollment in the MBA program with a grade of B or better for each course. Note that ANLC 753  cannot be transferred to the MSBA program: instead, students transferring from the Mercy College MBA program with concentration in Managerial Analytics will need to choose an additional elective course to meet the 30 credit MSBA degree requirement.


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