Program Requirements for Management (Business Analytics MS)

Applicable only to students admitted during the 2017-2018 academic year.


John E. Anderson School of Management

Graduate Degrees

The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Management, the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree, the Master of Financial Engineering (M.F.E.) degree and the Master of Science in Business Analytics (M.S.B.A.) degree. In addition, there are a number of degree programs, offered in cooperation with other graduate and professional degree programs on campus, that lead to the M.B.A. and another degree. The school also offers the Executive M.B.A. Program (EMBA) and the M.B.A. for the Fully Employed (FEMBA).

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Master’s Degree

Admissions Requirements


The faculty director of the M.S. in Business Analytics program is in charge of student advising. The faculty director is responsible for the overall academic management of the program. Students may arrange to meet with the faculty director to discuss any academic or personal concerns that arise during their studies. In the case of academic performance concerns, students may be asked to meet with the faculty director to discuss remediation.

Areas of Study

Business Analytics

Foreign Language Requirement


Course Requirements

48 units of course work are required for the degree. All courses must be at the graduate level. In exceptional circumstances, a maximum of four units of 500-series graduate course work may be applied to fulfillment of the total course requirements. The curriculum consists of four components: (1) core courses; (2) a summer internship; (3) an applied business analytics project; and (4) industry applications (electives).

The Master of Science in Business Analytics requires all students to complete core courses in four broad areas: Programming and Data Management methods, Model Development and Construction, Business Analytics and Industry Applications. The first Fall quarter will consist of 8 units of required online courses. The subsequent Winter and Spring quarters will be completed on-campus at UCLA Anderson with 28 units required in all. The summer is dedicated to an internship, supervised by an Anderson faculty member. The 4-unit summer internship, MGMTMSA 411, is intended to provide students with practical experience applying their business analytics knowledge in a real-world setting and strengthening their competitive position in the marketplace upon graduation. In addition, it is expected that the internship will provide the basis for the student’s required project course (2 units) to be completed during the fall. During the second fall quarter, students will be required to take six units of industry applications courses as well as their 2-unit project course. The final two weeks of the second fall quarter will feature project presentations and the graduation ceremony for students.

Teaching Experience

Not Required.

Field Experience

Summer internship required.

M.S. in Business Analytics students are required to do an internship with a company in their proposed area of study (business analytics). Students should expect to devote at least 80 hours during the term to their internship, and should be prepared to provide regular activity reports to their faculty advisor. Students considering research positions may also discuss their plans with the M.S. in Business Analytics program faculty director in order to develop alternative fieldwork opportunities. Students who, due to exceptional circumstances, are unable to complete an internship as part of their M.S. in Business Analytics program may work with the faculty director to develop a special research project to meet this requirement. M.S. in Business Analytics students will have their experiences evaluated by their faculty advisor through enrollment in MGMTMSA 411. Evaluation may consist of any combination of written or oral presentations.

Capstone Plan

The capstone plan requirement is fulfilled by successful completion of the applied business analytics 2-unit project course; MGMTMSA 412 with a grade of “B” or better. Teams of students complete a project which is designed to provide an in-depth exposure to at least one major task they will be expected to fulfill in the workplace. The project will develop or utilize existing business analytics tools and techniques. Three UCLA faculty members supervise the project to ensure that the students’ work and contribution adhere to the rigorous academic requirements of the program. Evaluation will consist of a combination of a written and oral presentation based on individual and team efforts.

Thesis Plan



Approximately 13 months (4 quarters) from graduate admission to award of the degree, plus a summer internship.



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Termination of Graduate Study and Appeal of Termination

University Policy

A student who fails to meet the above requirements may be recommended for termination of graduate study. A graduate student may be disqualified from continuing in the graduate program for a variety of reasons. The most common is failure to maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average (3.00) required by the Academic Senate to remain in good standing (some programs require a higher grade point average). Other examples include failure of examinations, lack of timely progress toward the degree and poor performance in core courses. Probationary students (those with cumulative grade point averages below 3.00) are subject to immediate dismissal upon the recommendation of their department. University guidelines governing termination of graduate students, including the appeal procedure, are outlined in Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA.

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