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Top 10 Universities for Master's in Business Analytics Degrees

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First launched in 2017, the QS World University Rankings: Business Masters Rankings includes the QS Masters in Business Analytics Rankings 2020, an index of 84 of the world’s best institutions for master’s in business analytics degrees, based on a methodology which assesses each institution’s employability, value for money, class & faculty diversity and more, with data collected from a global survey of employers and other sources. 

Read on to discover the 10 highest ranked institutions for business analytics from 10th to first, or click here to view the full table.

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The Top 10 Universities for Masters in Business Analytics Degrees in 2020

Global Rank

Location

University  

Course

1

United States

MIT Sloan School of Management

Master of Business Analytics

2

US

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Master of Science in Business Analytics

3

France & Singapore

ESSEC/CentraleSupélec

MSc in Data Sciences & Business Analytics

4

US

Austin McCombs School of Business

Master of Science in Business Analytics

5

UK

Imperial College Business School

MSc Business Analytics

6

US

USC Marshall School of Business

Master of Science in Business Analytics

7

Spain

ESADE Business School

MSc in Business Analytics

8

UK

Alliance Manchester Business School

MSc Business Analytics

9

UK

Warwick Business School

MSc Business Analytics

10

UK

University of Edinburgh Business School

MSc in Business Analytics

10. University of Edinburgh Business School – MSc in Business Analytics

Edinburgh Business School

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Heading to the UK, the University of Edinburgh Business School claims 10th place for its MSc in Business Analytics degree this year. It achieves its best score in the diversity indicator, with a whopping 95 percent of students coming from outside the UK, representing 72 different nationalities. The MSc in Business Analytics course takes one academic year to complete and commences with compulsory courses in the first semester, building a solid foundation on the principles of data analytics and other topics before students specialize in five option courses in the second semester. Students also benefit from many opportunities to work with industry and business professionals, for example through group consultancy projects, dissertations, guest lecturers and industry exploration treks.

9. Warwick Business School - MSc Business Analytics

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Location: Coventry, UK

The University of Warwick’s largest department, Warwick Business School (WBS) is ranked ninth in the master’s in business analytics ranking this year, achieving very strong scores for the thought leadership and diversity indicators. As well as its semi-rural campus in Coventry in the West Midlands, WBS has a London campus in The Shard, which offers part-time courses, giving it a presence in one of the world’s major financial centers. The school’s MSc Business Analytics degree includes a collaboration with leading analytics software developer SAS to provide a Text Analytics module, dedicated to data mining. Students will also take part in a consultancy project and a research project to explore an important topic related to decision making in business. 

8. Alliance Manchester Business School - MSc Business Analytics

Alliance Manchester Business School

Location: Manchester, UK

Ranked eighth for its MSc Business Analytics degree, the University of Manchester’s Alliance Manchester Business School operates on the phrase ‘Original Thinking Applied’ and was one of the UK’s first business schools, established in 1956. Its MSc Business Analytics degree aims to give students the practical skills and knowledge needed to overcome the major challenges facing industry, business and the public sector today, and offers a broad range of optional modules to allow students to tailor the degree to their interests and career goals. Alliance Manchester receives high scores for thought leadership and alumni outcomes, with students graduating with the analytical skills and knowledge ideal for a large variety of careers.

7. ESADE - MSc in Business Analytics

ESADE

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Another high-rated institution for its master’s in business analytics degree, ESADE Ramon Llull University is ranked seventh in the world for its MSc in Business Analytics course and earns a nearly perfect score for the alumni outcomes indicator. The course in taught in English, with electives available in Spanish, and is set apart from other courses by ESADE’s connections with leading companies. Students will have the opportunity to connect directly with leading data scientist employers around the world such as Amazon, Microsoft, Santander and Telefónica. They can also gain expertise in programming languages and take part in an optional three to six-month internship, further enhancing their employability.

6. USC Marshall School of Business - Master of Science in Business Analytics

USC Marshall

Location: Los Angeles, US

Heading to California, and next in our look at the top universities for master’s in business analytics degrees is the University of Southern California (USC)’s Marshall School of Business, ranked sixth. Its Master of Science (MSc) in Business Analytics is an 18-month, comprehensive program in which students gain a broad, in-depth knowledge of all areas of business analytics and big data analysis, learning programming tools and how to translate and present complex data to help make business decisions. USC Marshall achieves a very high score for alumni outcomes, with graduates earning an average starting salary of $72,841.

5. Imperial College Business School – MSc Business Analytics

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Location: London, UK

Heading back to the UK, Imperial College Business School is down slightly to rank fifth in the world in this year’s master’s in business analytics ranking, achieving its best scores for employability and thought leadership. It also offers a diverse study environment, with 94 percent of the school’s MSc Business Analytics students coming from outside the UK, representing 32 nationalities. For those who prefer to study part-time and remotely to fit the course around other commitments, Imperial has now launched an online version of the program, which follows the full-time curriculum almost identically. In terms of employability, an impressive 97 percent of students are in employment three months after graduating.

4. University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business - Master of Science in Business Analytics

McCombs School of Business

Location: Austin, Texas, US

The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business is ranked fourth for its Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree, achieving the highest score in the top 10 for the value for money indicator, which shows that graduates are seeing a good return on their investment from this master’s degree. McCombs offers students support and recruitment from industry leaders such as Walmart and Deloitte Consulting, a STEM certification, networking opportunities and industry connections, and lots of support in finding employment upon graduating. Of the admitted class of 53 students in 2017, 41 percent were international, and 53 percent were women.

3. ESSEC/CentraleSupélec - MSc in Data Sciences & Business Analytics

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Location: Paris and Singapore

Two of the most prestigious universities in France, ESSEC Business School and CentraleSupélec, are ranked third in the world for their jointly-offered MSc in Data Sciences & Business Analytics program, achieving a very high score for alumni outcomes. The course takes one year to complete and is offered in entirely in English. Students firstly gain a solid foundation of knowledge in period one before majoring in one of three major options in period two: Data Sciences and Business Analytics, both in Paris, or Digital Strategy, offered at ESSEC’s Asia-Pacific campus in Singapore. The program is built on the premise of ‘learning by doing’, and students therefore take part in a four to six-month internship, write a final thesis and go on an international field trip.

2. UCLA Anderson School of Management – Master of Science in Business Analytics

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Location: Los Angeles, California, US

New to the master’s in business analytics ranking this year in second place, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management is a 15-month program which is taught via the business school paradigm of merging theory and principle with the latest business practice. The program includes an 8-10-week summer internship as well as a corporate-sponsored Capstone: Applied Analytics Project (AAP), giving students the opportunity to tackle real-world business analytics problems. UCLA Anderson receives a perfect score for alumni outcomes (and a very high score for employability), with the class of 2018 enjoying a 100 percent placement rate and a median salary of US$100,000.

1. MIT Sloan School of Management - Masters of Business Analytics

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, US

Continuing to rank first in the world for its Masters of Business Analytics degree, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Sloan School of Management achieves perfect scores for three indicators: employability, alumni outcomes and thought leadership, with the final indicator taking into account a survey of academics as well as research impact and the number of staff with a PhD. Sloan’s Masters of Business Analytics degree aims to prepare students to interpret and use data science to solve business challenges, giving them the skillset needed for careers in a broad range of industries such as management consulting, financial services, technology and healthcare. During the course, students take part in an Analytics Capstone Project, in which they’ll work on real-life data science problems with industry specialists.

This article was originally published in November 2017. It was updated in September 2019 to reflect the launch of the latest QS Business Masters Rankings.

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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