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Center for Business Analytics

Get your Master's Degree in 1 year!

The Center for Business Analytics specializes in transforming students into high-impact business analytics leaders. Through our capstone project, you will make key connections to entrepreneurs and the companies they lead, work with industry-leading executives, and kickstart your career. We consider applications year-round, so apply today!

2022 Day for Data Logo

Join us for our first annual Day for Data — a brand-new conference at Virginia Tech that will connect students and industry professionals in a practical exploration of the modern applications of big data and data analytics in the corporate setting! Featuring keynote speakers, networking opportunities, panel discussions, and the opportunity to connect with recruiters from industry-leading companies. Friday, September 9, 2022 at the Graduate Life Center.

Latest Updates from the Center for Business Analytics

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    Cohort 6 Public Presentation Day
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    Our MSBA-BA Cohort 6 graduate students have completed their capstone projects, delivered final presentations to their customers, and delivered a final 10-minute public version of their final presentation. Watch their public presentations here!

    Date: Jun 16, 2022
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    Get Ready for Giving Day 2022!
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    Every dollar raised during Virginia Tech’s Giving Day has the potential to be transformational for the colleges, departments, and programs involved.

    Date: Feb 18, 2022
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    Dr. Linda Christie joins the CBA
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    As Virginia Tech welcomes its students back to campus following a year of online classes, Linda Christie joins Hokie Nation as director of the Center for Business Analytics (CBA) in the Pamplin School of Business.

    Date: Aug 23, 2021
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    Pamplin Celebrates CBA Graduate
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    For the second year in a row, the Pamplin College of Business Outstanding Graduate Student Award has gone to a student in the Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics (MSBA-BA) program.

    Date: May 17, 2021
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What is a MSBA-BA degree?

The Master of Science in Business Administration with a Business Analytics concentration is a one-year graduate program where you will tackle a real problem faced by a real company. This capstone experience, combined with excellent and focused coursework, will give you the practical skills you need to excel in your career.

Where other analytics programs start with the data, we start with the problem and use the data to find a solution. You will meet with executives in charge of industry-leading companies, talk about their company's problem, and work with a small team of fellow MSBA-BA students to deliver a solution. At the end of the program, you will travel to present your final solution and consulting report to the company. These are real solutions: our students have designed tools that leading companies use every day and delivered solutions that saved companies millions of dollars.

By the end of the MSBA-BA program, you will be able to confidently navigate any challenge you encounter in your career, from programming to presentation. Learn more about the MSBA-BA program here →

MSBA-BA Graduate Testimonials


Grant Bommer

"The MSBA-BA program offers a world-class education and experience, all while remaining affordable. It allowed me to explore areas of research that interested me, while honing my data analytics skills and applying them to real-life business cases."

Isabella Girardi

"The MSBA-BA program has been such a great experience. I’ve not only had the opportunity to enhance my skill set and gain real-world experience through the capstone project, but also make meaningful and lasting connections!"

Curtis Cooper

"I can confidently say that the MSBA-BA program will mold any individual into an excellent business professional. On top of an amazing academic experience, the town of Blacksburg and the university of Virginia Tech is an electric environment to be a part of. Go Hokies!"

Asher Glynn

"The MSBA-BA program has enabled me to accomplish my plans, ideas and goals. I am now more confident in my ability of making all of my career dreams come true."

Upcoming Events

Our Vision

Data visualization class held in the Athenaeum classroom in Newman Library.

Why Business Analytics?

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Why Business Analytics?

A 2018 report from McKinsey & Co. forecast demand for an additional two to four million business analytics workers by 2026 in the United States alone.

Toy safety researchers with children, PhD student Rich Gruss with son Danny, 7. Researchers also include Business Information Technology student Matt Winkler and BIT associate professor Alan Abrahams. Photographed at Imaginations toy shop in Blacksburg.

Analytics Impacts Business

Academics

Analytics Impacts Business

Analytics is the scientific process of harnessing analytic techniques and technologies to transform raw data into useful information for better business decisions.

Toy safety researchers with children, PhD student Rich Gruss with son Danny, 7. Researchers also include Business Information Technology student Matt Winkler and BIT associate professor Alan Abrahams. Photographed at Imaginations toy shop in Blacksburg.

Study Business Analytics

Career Opportunities

Study Business Analytics

Build synergistic partnerships with the business community, interact with corporate sponsors who serve as advisors for the CBA program. Gain a working knowledge and hone your skills in business analytics by enrolling in the MSBA-BA program.