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Business Analytics Overview

The Master of Science in Business Analytics prepares its graduates for employment in a high growth area of the economy. The program is offered to candidates who wish to enter or advance their careers in that field. 

Business Analytics graduates are in high demand, as the business world is undergoing a data revolution. Most companies are now gathering data with the objective of driving business decisions, and there is an identified and pressing lack of skilled graduates at the intersection of business and data science. 

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Career Opportunities

  • Financial analyst
  • Management analyst
  • Marketing analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Operations manager
  • Analytics consultant                                                          


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Naushad Kollikkathara Assistant Professor

Program Director, Data Analytics
Danielle Quilligan
Danielle Quilligan Registrar

Adjunct Instructor
Data Analytics
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Chad Sellier Adjunct Instructor, Data Analytics

4 Core Competencies

  • Business acumen
  • Applied mathematical modeling
  • Computer programming skills (for business)
  • Impactful communication of analyses and results

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Candidates will submit an application package containing:
    • Resumé
    • Personal Statement ( motivations, career plans, etc.)
    • Academic transcript of bachelor's degree
  • Interview

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the Business Analytics Degree

The degree can be completed in one year.

Where are classes offered?

Classes are offered in Manhattan. Some courses are also offered online.

Are there scholarships available?

There are a limited number of scholarships available for graduate business students. 

Visit our Scholarships page for additional information.

Do most students work while enrolled?

Yes. Many find the workload challenging but manageable.

Are GMATs required?

No, GMATs are not required for admittance to Mercy’s Business Analytics Program. They may be used optionally.

How do I apply to Mercy College?

Students interested in Graduate Business programs should apply using Mercy's application

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Students will be able to give accurate descriptions and critical thoughts on how data flows within an organization and how it adds value to the organization

  • Students will be able to utilize applicable statistical methods and tools to achieve specific outcomes using data

  • Students will be able to develop data-driven stories with the intent to:  inform, educate or persuade through analysis and visual representation of data

  • Students will be able to critically think about the role of tools in analytics, current limitations and opportunities (and needs) for growth in data and analytics

  • Students will be able to identify ethical pitfalls faced in the utilization, manipulation, and management of data in an organization

  • Students will be able to form thoughtful arguments on the role of data, automation, technology and the human processes that achieve optimal balance in decision-making in business

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Business Analytics Courses: 30 Credits
Total: 30 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.

Program Learning Goals

  1. Students are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of how data flows within an organization and how data and associated tools add value to the organization
  2. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply quantitative methods to manipulate data in order to formulate strategic insights with it
  3. Students are expected to demonstrate effective professional written, oral, and presentation skills of complex quantitative data
  4. Student are expected develop a broader perspective of the future of analytics and emerging tools and methodologies
  5. Students are expected to evaluate ethical issues in analyzing, utilizing, and managing data
  6. Students are expected to develop awareness of the benefits and limitations of data and technology in order to most effectively utilize it in decision-making

Academic Program Sequence Map

Download a copy of the sequence map for:

M.S. Business Analytics