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Why study Business Analytics and Data Science online through OSU?

The online MS in Business Analytics and Data Science (MS BAnDS) is a STEM-designated program that trains those who are currently in the workforce to transition as analytics and data science professionals and tackle real-world challenges. In 2022, our online program was ranked 10th by Fortune’s Best Master’s Programs in Business Analytics and as 11th by Fortune’s Best Master’s Programs in Data Science. We use state-of-the-art enterprise level analytics software The program is fully multi-platform and students get hands-on training with software and tools such as Alteryx, Azure, Data Bricks, GCP, Power BI, Python, R, SAS, SQL, Snowflake, Tableau and Tensor Flow which provide great advantages in the competitive job market.


The Spears School of Business offers online programs as an alternative way to earn a degree for working professionals. We believe all 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.



For working professionals, earning a master’s degree in the STEM-designated MS BAnDS program online requires 33 credit hours (check our Plan of Study page for core course details, electives and software used in each core course) and graduates typically find employment as data scientists, data/business analysts or consultants, or statistical analysts. Beyond core courses, all students have the choice of specializing in various pre-approved options or creating a completely customized set of electives to fit their career goals.



  • 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 without GRE or GMAT scores.
  • Fall application deadline, June 1.
  • Spring application deadline, November 1.
  • If you are unsure about committing to a full MS degree and want to first try out a few courses, we encourage you to start with Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics and Data Science. Once you complete the two core courses, you may transfer all of your credits to MS BAnDS degree.
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation


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 on 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU's tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website. 

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour $481.15 $611.35
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,443.45 $1,834.05
Professional Program Fee each fall and spring term enrolled $250 $250

This is only an estimate of cost based on currently approved 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 and veterans 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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