Business Administration MBA, Business Analytics Emphasis

Admission Requirements

The admissions decision is based on a combination of factors. Consideration is given to a candidate’s academic record, scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), work and leadership experience, a personal narrative on the application form and recommendation letters.

Applicants are generally required to submit Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores. A waiver of GMAT requirement may be requested if applicants meet certain criteria. Please see petition to waive the GMAT: http://mba.umsl.edu/files/pdfs/GMAT-waiver.pdf.

Degree Requirements

Depending on the student’s previous background, programs will require a minimum of 30 hours. Coursework must be completed within a maximum six-year period. At least 2/3 of coursework must be taken while enrolled as an MBA candidate at UMSL.

All students must satisfy the following requirements in professional written and oral communication, business law and ethics/ and social responsibility, economics, and business statistics. The Graduate Business Office in collaboration with department chairs will determine whether a student satisfies these requirements. In general:

The Professional and Written Communications skills requirement can be satisfied by any one of the following:

The Business Law and Ethics/Social Responsibility requirements can be satisfied by any one of the following:

The Economics requirement can be satisfied by any one of the following:

  • Evidence of prior coursework
  • Completion of BUS AD 5000
  • Completion of Economics boot camp

The Statistics requirement can be satisfied by any one of the following:

  • Evidence of prior coursework
  • Completion of SCMA 5300
  • Completion of Statistics boot camp

Assurance of Learning

All MBA students are required to participate in the BUS AD 6991 Graduate Business Assessment Testing class during their last semester. This learning assessment course is not for credit.

Business Core (18 credit hours)

The following courses or their equivalents are required of all degree candidates1.

ACCTNG 5400Financial and Managerial Accounting3
FINANCE 6500Financial Management3
INFSYS 5800Management Information Systems3
MGMT 5600Managing People in Organizations3
MKTG 5700Contemporary Marketing Concepts3
SCMA 5310Supply Chain Strategies3

Strategic Management Required (3 credit hours)

Take one of the following2:

BUS AD 6990Strategy Formulation and Implementation3
INTL BUS 5289International Business Strategies3
MGMT 4614Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management3

Electives (9 credit hours)

Students may choose to pursue an Emphasis Area to satisfy the 9 credit hour Electives requirement or pursue an MBA with no emphasis area. No course may be used for more than one emphasis area. If no emphasis area is chosen, students have the flexibility to customize their MBA by choosing from a large collection of elective graduate courses within the College of Business Administration, in consultation with their Graduate Business academic advisor.

Emphasis Area Requirements

Master of Business Administration (MBA) students seeking an emphasis in Business Analytics must complete SCMA 6345SCMA 6350, and three additional hours from approved Business Analytics electives beyond SCMA 5310 (SCMA 5310 does not count toward the emphasis in Business Analytics). A maximum of 15 hours in any functional area will count toward the degree requirements. A student cannot receive an emphasis in both Operations Management and Logistics and  Supply Chain Management for the same set of courses. An overlap of up  to 3 credit hours from approved courses, other than SCMA 5300 and SCMA 5310is allowed. Only courses that are substantially different from courses taken for credit in a student’s undergraduate program will be acceptable.

List of approved Business Analytics electives for the emphasis:

SCMA 5334Internship in Logistics and Supply Chain Management1
SCMA 5354Simulation for Managerial Decision Making3
SCMA 5389Supply Chain Management Practicum3
SCMA 5399Individual Research in Logistics and Operations Management1-3
SCMA 6330Business Logistics Systems3
SCMA 6331Supply Chain Modeling3
SCMA 6395Seminar in Logistics and Operations Management3
BUS AD 5198Seminar in Business Administration 13
FINANCE 6503Computer Applications in Finance3
FINANCE 6523Fixed Income Analysis3
FINANCE 6524Portfolio Analysis and Management3
INFSYS 6830Data Programming for Business Intelligence3
INFSYS 6833Decision Support Systems for Business Intelligence3
INFSYS 6860Advanced Data Integration3
INFSYS 6862Artificial Intelligence Applications for Business and Cybersecurity3
MKTG 5740Marketing and Business Analytics3

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of core business content in accounting, finance, information systems, supply chain analytics, management, and marketing.
  • Apply core business content and principles for effective business decision making.
  • Demonstrate analytical skills to solve business problems and evaluate the conditions of corporations and markets.
  • Effectively communicate business insights using oral and written formats.
  • Identify legal/ethical issues and implications, and make informed decisions.
  • Expand leadership skills to effectively engage with stakeholders in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate a global mindset needed to effectively navigate the interconnected nature of today’s business environment.
  • Understand the central role of supply chain management in business, and its connections with other business functions internally (marketing, finance, information systems), and supply chain players externally.
  • Build models and apply analytical methodologies: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive, for data-driven decision-making in supply chains including  supply chain network design, demand planning, production and inventory control, resource allocation, scheduling and transportation. 
  • Communicate effectively about supply chain related issues and data-driven solutions with business acumen.