The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSA) degree requires the completion of 39 credit hours of courses, with 18 hours of common core credits that build students' analytics knowledge. The core courses focus on skills and tools such as SQL, Python, Tableau, R programming, text mining, big data and cloud computing. 

Areas of Focus

Students can choose one of five tracks to focus on a specific business area of data analytics:

  • Customer analytics (MSCA) 
  • Financial technology (fintech) analytics (MSFTA)
  • Supply chain analytics (MSSCA)
  • Healthcare analytics (MSHA)
  • Accounting analytics (MSAA)

Master of Science in Customer Analytics (MSCA)

The MSCA program requires 39 total credit hours, including 18 common core credits, 16.5 customer analytics required credits, and 4.5 elective credits. Areas of focus include marketing research, marketing management, digital marketing, and data analysis for brand management. The MSCA curriculum and course descriptions (PDF) are available on the Olin website.

Master of Science in Financial Technology Analytics (MSFTA)

The MSFTA program requires 39 total credit hours, including 18 common core credits, 18 fintech required credits, and 3 elective credits. Areas of focus include financial management, advanced corporate finance, investment theory, methods and practice of financial technology, and a seminar in financial technology. The MSFTA curriculum and course descriptions (PDF) are available on the Olin website.

Master of Science in Supply Chain Analytics (MSSCA) 

The MSSCA program requires 39 total credit hours, including 18 common core credits, 18 supply chain required credits, and 3 elective credits. Areas of focus include operations management, stochastic models, revenue management, and supply chain finance. The MSSCA curriculum and course descriptions (PDF) are available on the Olin website.

Master of Science in Healthcare Analytics (MSHA) 

The MSHA program requires 39 total credit hours, including 18 common core credits, 15 healthcare required credits, and 6 elective credits. Areas of focus include research in healthcare management, health economics and policy, healthcare management, and the business and practice of medicine. The MSHA curriculum and course descriptions (PDF) are available on the Olin website.

Master of Science in Accounting Analytics (MSAA) 

The MSAA requires 39 total credit hours, including 18 common core credits, 13.5 accounting analytics required credits, and 7.5 elective credits. Areas of focus include strategic cost analysis, financial reporting and assurance in a blockchain world, accounting policy and research, and ethical decision making in accounting. The MSAA curriculum and course descriptions (PDF) are available on the Olin website.

Orientation Programs

All Specialized Master’s Programs students kick off their degrees with a multipronged orientation program designed to prepare them for academic, personal and professional success.

Students will participate in Passport, Career Stamp, and SMP Start, and they will complete foundational courses during their first summer at Olin.

Students new to the United States and non-native English speakers begin with Passport, during which they will acclimate to the Olin Business School culture and become more polished business communicators with strengthened American cultural competency. Participants and their newly arrived peers will then participate in Career Stamp, which serves as a catalyst for students to help them get started in their career search and preparation processes. Finally, the entire cohort of students join together for SMP Start, which orients everyone to the ins and outs of Washington University. These programs are packed with opportunities to bond with your program cohort and to connect with your peers in all of the Specialized Master’s Programs.

Throughout these programs, students will complete online foundational courses and in-person workshops to bolster their background and maximize their academic preparation before the start of their fall courses.