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Why study Business Analytics and Data Science online through OSU?

Business Analytics and Data Science (MS-BAnDS) provides working professionals with hands-on data analysis experience using state-of-the-art enterprise level analytics software as well as open-source software providing great advantages in the competitive job market.
Spears Business has strong relationships with major analytics providers like SAS, Teradata, IBM and others, and is known as one of the nation’s top business analytics programs, developing the first analytics certificate program in the nation in 2004.


The Spears School of Business offers online programs as an alternative way to earn a degree. We believe that students should have access to high-quality, affordable education, regardless of their schedule or location. Online courses are available 24/7, and are designed with multimedia content and virtual activities to promote student collaboration.



Earning a master’s degree in the STEM-designate Master of Science in Business Analytics and Data Science program requires 33 credit hours. MS-BAnDS graduates often pursue careers as:

  • Data scientists
  • Data/business analysts
  • Statistical analysts


  • GMAT or GRE are required with minimum recommended scores above 51st percentile in each of the test areas.
  • Work experience is considered during the application review process and is strongly encouraged. Those with five-plus years of relevant work experience may be allowed probationary admission.
  • Spring application deadline, Nov. 1.
  • Fall application deadline, June 1.



Students enrolled in the Business Analytics and Data Science master's program will complete 33 credit hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2020-2021 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.

2020-2021 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour 471.00 600.55
Total cost per 3-credit hour course 1,413.00 1,801.65
Total program cost based on 33 hours 15,543.00 19,818.15

* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2020-2021 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer



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