Immersive Experience Leveraging Data to Drive Business Decisions

Designed for business analysts, data scientists, or others looking to transition into roles as data-driven business analysts or consultants, the Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) can help you harness the concepts, techniques, and tools needed to transform available data into a valuable catalyst for business growth.

According to a recent report by McKinsey, data needs to be treated as one of the products produced within the organization rather than as a raw material that supports decisions. As data-driven business models change the face of industry, developing the ability to capitalize upon this valuable resource is compulsory.

Program at a Glance

  • Top 10 Online Program
  • Online and On Campus
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • STEM Designated
  • 40 Credits
  • 12–20 Months to Completion
  • 12 Core Faculty
  • Tuition & Fees Range—Part-Time Study*: $34,200–$37,600

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.

Advance Your Career in Applied Business Analytics

In a recent analysis, PwC determined that 67 percent of job openings requiring data science and analytics competencies are for “analytics-enabled” roles, such as chief executive officer, chief data officer, director of IT, human resources manager, financial manager, and marketing manager. While the jobs are there, there is a shortage of analytics-enabled personnel who combine expertise in their industry with the ability to understand and leverage big data to engage in predictive analytics or make data-informed business decisions. To help close this skills gap, BU MET offers the master’s in Applied Business Analytics degree program on campus and online. Graduates of the program have gone on to work at organizations such as Google, Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Viacom, State Street, and Fidelity. Logo

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“From my perspective, the most important factor that distinguishes BU MET’s programs in Applied Business Analytics is the element of working through problems as they would be explored in reality. Although solving textbook problems can be a good tool to use, MET has an inclination to use powerful tools and projects that allow a problem and process of problem solving to be brought into the classroom.


There are no classes that will leave a student to wonder where they will apply the concepts they are learning. Since all instructors are experts in their craft, and working professionals, students get to work with tangible perspectives and problems. This is a great way to develop confident leaders.


Students are challenged from the perspective of a decision-maker in many courses. The need to apply critical thinking, and to work through problems with uncertainty, becomes a muscle that is exercised until students become comfortable in leadership situations. These situations are ones in which information needs to be processed and creatively applied to projects that represent the way it would be done in an actual situation. Practice is primary and theory plays a supporting role with many of the courses, which is highly valuable from my experience.”Roman Rabinovich (MET’15), Vice President of Business Development, Eventige Media Group; Lecturer, Administrative Sciences

What Is My Career Outlook as a Graduate of This Program?


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Projected ten-year growth in jobs
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Median annual salary

Common job titles include:

  1. Data Scientists
  2. Data Analysts
  3. Business Analysts
  4. Data Science Managers
  5. Business Intelligence Analysts

Employers seek expertise in:

  1. Data Analysis
  2. Python
  3. SQL
  4. Data Science
  5. R

Source: Lightcast, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Why BU’s Applied Business Analytics is Ranked in the Top 10

  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Applied Business Analytics program focuses on practical, hands-on education, ensuring you develop expertise in integrating the “5 Vs of big data”—volume, velocity, variety, veracity, and value of information—into sound analytics-based business decisions.
  • Career Counseling: MET’s Career Development office and BU’s Center for Career Development offer a variety of job-hunting resources, including one-on-one career counseling by appointment for both online and on-campus students.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Applied Business Analytics master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.
  • Extensive Network: Study analytics alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts within the business analytics field, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • Complimentary Analytics Labs: Two levels of preparatory analytics laboratories offer access to advanced tools and provide opportunities to hone analytics skills using cases that are populated with realistic data.
  • STEM Designated: Eligible graduates on student visas have access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) of 12 months and an extension for up to 24 additional months.
  • 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
  • Advisory Board: The ABA advisory board actively engages with students, alumni, and industry veterans. It provides access to the latest industry trends in data science and business analytics and facilitates learning about career pathways through seminars and talks.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus or fully online. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—since 2014, BU MET’s part-time master’s programs in business and management have been ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Merit Scholarships: US citizens and permanent residents are automatically considered during the application process and nominated based on eligibility. Learn more.

Master the Analytics Tools to Excel in Business

Offered through BU MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, the Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics (MSABA) provides a unique combination of dynamic academic curriculum, the latest educational technologies, flexible delivery modes, advanced pedagogy, and professional contacts within the business analytics industry.

In this business analytics master’s degree program, you will gain hands-on experience with a variety of analytical models and decision-support tools that you can apply to interlinked data-inputs and large data sets in the areas of marketing, operations, product and technology innovations, financial services, and others. Boston University’s applied business analytics curriculum covers advanced software tools and functions, such as descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive modeling; text and data mining; visual analytics; and business simulations. Graduates of the program will be able to analyze data-driven business processes, select appropriate analytical methods to monitor and identify performance trends, prescribe possible outcomes, and propose optimal data-driven solutions.

Graduate Ready to Transform Business Using Data

Metropolitan College’s Applied Business Analytics master’s degree will equip you with:

  • The knowledge and skills necessary to better utilize available information in operational, tactical, and strategic decision-making in organizations.
  • Experience with various powerful emerging technologies and techniques for increasing the value of both in-house and third-party data sets.
  • An understanding of how organizations are using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools to better understand their operations, customers, and markets.
  • Expertise in web analytics and metrics, and the ability to procure and process unstructured text, and delve into hidden patterns within data sets.
  • The ability to facilitate knowledge discovery using data mining and visualization techniques over vast amounts of data.

Access to Analytics Laboratories

As a student in BU MET’s MS in Applied Business Analytics program, you have free access to hands-on analytics preparatory laboratories offered through the Department of Administrative Sciences. Our self-paced laboratories (SPLs) are organized in two levels:

  • Level 1 consists of the following two required prerequisite labs for our ABA programs: Open to all MET students, Level 1 labs include Pre-Analytics Laboratory (AD 100) and Introduction to R for Business (ADR 100).
  • Level 2 comprises intermediate knowledge-based labs where students learn how to work with professional tools or approaches, or to introduce professional software applications not covered in the graduate program but used in the industry. These labs include: Business Analytics Tools and Applications (AD 200) and Business Analytics with R (ADR 200).

In these specially designed SPLs, you will be exposed to cloud-based educational tools, software applications, and databases, along with pre-recorded internal and/or external tutorials, lectures, and video conferencing. You will have the flexibility to build your own path through the learning units and to proceed by completing assignments in a “learn and test yourself” mode—at your own pace. Upon successful completion of an SPL, you earn a standardized, digitally verifiable badge in recognition of your performance and visibility to current and future employers.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics shares specific courses with the master’s in Applied Business Analytics program, giving you the option to take the certificate on your path to a master’s degree. Students currently enrolled in a graduate certificate who are interested in transitioning into a master’s degree should contact their academic advisor to declare their interest in this pathway. A new master’s degree application is not required. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at to learn more about this option.

A total of 40 credits is required.

Students must complete the degree core courses, specialization courses, and electives as indicated*. Students who already hold the Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics may waive the core course (Business Analytics Foundations) and three of the specialization courses.

Prior to or during the course MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations, students are required to complete AD 100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory and ADR 100 Introduction to R for Business. These are resources that will introduce students to the software environments we use throughout the program. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Degree Core Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

Specialization Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

Elective Courses

(Two courses/8 credits)
Choose two additional Administrative Sciences graduate-level courses, with the advice of an Administrative Sciences department advisor.

The following courses offered by other Metropolitan College departments are some of the elective courses allowed with advisor approval:

*Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.

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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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Comprehensive Financial Assistance

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BU MET programs offer the flexibility of part-time or full-time study, either on campus or online. Tuition, fees, and total program cost are determined by enrollment status. If you enroll in 1–2 courses (4–8 credits) in a semester, you are charged the part-time per-credit rate. If you enroll in 3–4 courses (12–16 credits) in a semester, you are charged the full-time semester rate.

MS in Applied Business Analytics (Online and On Campus)

Enrollment Status Part Time Full Time
Courses per Semester 2 courses
(8 credits)
4 courses
(16 credits)
3 courses
(12 credits)
Time to Degree 5 semesters
(20 months)
3 semesters
(12-16 months)***
4 semesters
(16-20 months)***
Tuition* $550-$975
per credit**
per semester
per semester
Fees per Semester* $60 $478 $478
Total Degree Cost* $34,200–
$75,486 $105,399

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition & fee rates.
**Cost per credit is determined by course number (100–599 = $550/credit, 600–999 = $975/credit).
***Summer semester enrollment is not required for international students to maintain F-1 visa status. Enrollment in summer semester coursework will expedite completion of program and reduce total program cost.

International students seeking an F-1 visa for on-campus study must enroll full time and demonstrate availability of funds to cover the Estimated Cost of Graduate Study; those who wish to study online may enroll part-time but are not eligible for a visa. Learn more about International Student Tuition & Fees.

Questions? Please contact us to hear from an Admissions Advisor who can help you determine the best enrollment pathway. For information regarding financial aid, visit BU MET’s Financial Aid page.

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