Why a MS in Analytics Degree?

The explosion of modern computing power and data acquisition techniques has created a job market which seeks people with a strong background in fundamental statistical analysis, operations research, management of information systems, and computer science. Today, corporations have come to realize that the collection and storage of large amounts of business operations data has become increasingly easy and inexpensive. However, having the ability to analyze, make sense of the data, and use it as a predictive tool is what gives a corporation a competitive edge. Data/Business analysts are professionals who have the analytical and technical expertise to make sense of the data. The MS in Analytics at BGSU is designed to position students for a successful career in analytics. View the MS in Analytics Fact Sheet to find out more.

Why a MSA at Bowling Green State University?

BGSU already thrives on its strong and nationally recognized faculty, undergraduate and graduate programs in statistics, operations research, management of information systems and computer science. BGSU has embraced a long standing tradition of collaborations among faculty from these fields. These strengths and traditions at BGSU put the university in a unique position to offer a high quality MS in Analytics degree

Why Now?

By 2018, according to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute, the US is expected to have a short fall of 140,000-190,000 people with critical analytical skills.

Graduates with a MSA degree are already in high demands and as more companies begin to tap into big internal and external data sets, the demand for these jobs with excellent pay, benefits and career advancement opportunity will continue to increase.

Program Strength and Uniqueness

  • Full-time, cohort, 12-month program
  • Focus on hands-on experience and applications
  • Analytical skills in descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics
  • Technical skills in database management, business intelligence and big data analytics
  • Soft skills in management and leadership
  • An integrated experience in analytics projects
  • Taught by full-time faculty
  • Collaborations with the Center for Business Analytics


Summer Pre-Requisites (enrollment determined by the Program Director)

  • MSA 5000 Essentials in Mathematics and Statistics
  • MSA 5001 Essentials in Computer Programming


  • MSA 5020 Regression Analysis
  • MSA 5400 Database Management
  • MSA 5470 Exploratory Data Analysis
  • MSA 6010 Decision Optimization
  • MSA 6701 Analytics Project I


  • MSA 5160 Time-Series Analysis and Forecasting
  • MSA 5600 Business Intelligence
  • MSA 6440 Data Mining
  • MSA 6500 Big Data Analytics
  • MSA 6702 Analytics Project II


  • MSA 6450 Advanced Data Analytics
  • MSA 6600 Project Management
  • MSA 6703 Analytics Project III

Admission Requirements

Entering students should have a background in calculus, statistics and computer programming

The pre-requisites may be satisfied by one of the following: undergraduate courses completion; taking MSA 5000 or/and MSA 5001; or substantial practical professional experience.

Applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International applicants are also required to submit scores from  the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The program strongly recommends that applicants have a minimum of 3.0/4.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA).

What is the Cost of Tuition?

Currently, the total cost is approximately $16,000 for Ohio residents and $25,000 for non-residents and international students. The course load is 13 semester hours for each of the fall and spring semesters, and 7 credits for the summer term. Please refer to the Office of the Bursar for the most recent information on tuition and fees.

Who Do I Contact for More Information?

Please send email to msanalytics@bgsu.edu to express your interest and for more information or questions.