Master of Science in Business Analytics for Working Professionals

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Haslam Master of Science in Business Analytics: Using the Power of Data to Drive Business Outcomes

Build analytical skills and advance your career with Haslam’s Master of Business Analytics (MSBA) for Working Professionals. The program offers a unique mix of online and in-person learning, providing flexibility for all students. Expand your network, learn from expert faculty and develop the technical skills necessary for an advanced business analytics career.

Develop the technical acumen to derive insight from large data sets and the business fundamentals and analytics communication skills needed to drive organizational change.

Enjoy highly rated curriculum that combines technical experience with practical experience. As a Haslam MBSA graduate, be prepared to drive success and change with cutting-edge analytics from day one with your organization

Ready to become a dynamic analytics professional?


Duration: 16- or 28-month programs available

Credit Hours: 30 hours

Online Component: live online course sessions, 1 evening per week

In-person Component: 2 one-week immersion sessions in Knoxville (mid-August); four weekends in a flexible location. For the cohort entering in 2024, the weekend location will be Nashville.

Start Date: A new cohort begins each August

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Designed for Working Professionals

The MSBA for Working Professionals program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is designed for ambitious, fast-track professionals looking to grow their analytics knowledge and advance their careers. The ideal student is working full-time and has at least two years of work experience.

With a focus on both technical skills and professional development, the MSBA for Working Professionals degree is ideal for individuals with at least two years of professional work experience and who aspire to take on increasing levels of responsibility by using analytical tools to help all areas of their organization.

What You’ll Learn

As a Haslam MSBA for Working Professionals student, you will learn innovative data science applications and essential skills in analytical tools such as R, SQL and Python. You will also have the opportunity to learn from classmates through professional case studies and presentations while simultaneously practicing business communication techniques.

You will gain the technical acumen to derive insights from large data sets, as well as the communication skills necessary to explain those insights to a larger audience.

By developing technical skills and honing leadership, teamwork and presentation skills, you will graduate from the part-time MSBA program poised to drive organizational change.

Program Structure

Combining on-campus and distance learning, Haslam’s MSBA for Working Professionals 16- and 28-month programs offer a flexible modality that enables you to continue working full-time while earning your degree. The applied learning approach enables you to leverage real workplace challenges to master key business skills.


During the 16-month and 28-month programs, there will be weekly live, online classes, two in-person immersion weeks in Knoxville (mid-August) and four in-person weekend sessions (eight days total) in a flexible location. The 2024 cohort weekend sessions will be Nashville. These experiences enable you to connect with your classmates and engage with expert faculty members.


The program incorporates faculty-led virtual learning sessions to bring course content to students in an accessible and interactive format. Students complete distance learning sessions on most Tuesday evenings throughout the duration of the program.

Immersion 1 (Mid Aug)

BZAN 533 – Prob & Stats

BZAN 546 – Simulation

3 hours

Knoxville (Mon – Fri)

Fall 1

BZAN 533 – Prob & Stats

BZAN 537 – Scrty & Ethics

BZAN 545 – Data Engineering

6 hours

Nashville (Fri & Sat)


BZAN 535 – Stat Mthds

BZAN 542 – Data Mining

6 hours

Nashville (Fri & Sat)


BZAN 540 – Regression

BZAN 557 – Text Mining

6 hours

Nashville (Fri & Sat)

Immersion 2 (Mid Aug 2)

BZAN 548 – Time Series

BZAN 536 – BZAN Cases

3 hours

Knoxville (Mon – Fri)

Fall 2

BZAN 583 – Sp Topics I

BZAN 583 – Sp Topics II

BZAN 531 – Optimization

6 hours

Nashville (Fri & Sat)

*The 28-month program option delivers approximately one course per semester. Please contact us for more information.


Applications for the MSBA for Working Professionals program are submitted through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School; however, Haslam has application requirements specific to the MSBA.

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Applicants should have at least two years of work experience. All undergraduate degrees are accepted, but the most successful students have a strong technical aptitude and have taken quantitative courses such as math, statistics, engineering, computer science and calculus. Due to the lock-step nature of our program, transfer credits are not accepted.

A strong record of academic achievement, as evidenced by a high GPA, is expected of all applicants. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs below 3.0 are typically not considered.

All students are expected to demonstrate quantitative abilities either through undergraduate coursework or by completing a quantitative assessment test such as the Pearson MyMath or GRE/GMAT test, or an approved test waiver.

Official test scores can be sent to the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. GMAT ID: 8GR-KN-71, GRE ID: 2834

Applicants whose native language is not English must score at least 600 or 100 IBT for the TOEFL or 7.5 for the IELTS. Test scores are valid for two years. Please refer to the Graduate School’s website for more details.

At least two current references are required, one of which should be a professional reference. In the application, please enter the name and email address of your reference(s). Each reference will receive an email with a form when you submit your application. The admissions committee prefers to see one academic (faculty) and one professional (current/previous supervisor) reference.

Admission opens in August, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

International applicants must meet the UT Graduate School’s February 1 application submission deadline.

Key Dates:
Priority Review Date – February 1st
Second Priority Review Date – April 15th

After these dates, admissions will be made on a rolling basis until the class is filled.


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Contact us for more information!

Katie Wood
Assistant Director of Admissions, Graduate Business Programs
(865) 974-3959

Bogdan Bichescu
MSBA Director