2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 12, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Analytics, MSBA

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Graduate Program

Clark University’s School of Management Master’s in Business Analytics program will equip you with the skills needed for the growing field of data analysis. You’ll learn techniques to formulate insights and the capability to communicate your knowledge effectively to data scientists, managers and executives. Essentially, you’ll learn how to synthesize data into powerful information that you and other managers can use to inform decision making.


All courses are worth one unit, unless otherwise specified.


Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be in good academic standing in SOM at the end of each semester (a B in each of their classes).  The lowest grade a student can get in a course is a C.


Students can begin this program at the start of the fall or spring semester.


Completion of a graduate internship is also required for all full-time students in the on campus program except those who have 3+ years of professional business work experience or those with full-time employment during the length of the program. It may be possible to waive this requirement. Visit a member of the Stevenish Career Management Center for more information

Graduate Program Requirements

Students must satisfy the Master of Science in Business Analytics prerequisite courses prior to beginning their first semester at Clark University. Students must satisfy 1 Math or Statistics course and 1 Python or SQL Server Programming course. Please read below for prerequisite guidelines:


Math and Statistics (Probability and its Applications)

The prerequisite is automatically satisfied if the student took one (1) Statistics or Math course through an accredited college or university. The course must have been for credit and the student must have earned a letter grade. Students missing a prerequisite statistics class can complete STAT 4009  through Clark University prior to starting their program.

Courses taken through an open online courses platform (MOOC) will not satisfy the statistics prerequisites.


Python or SQL Server Programming

The common topics that the programming courses must cover is the syntax, algorithm, and programming skills of a popular programming language, such as Python, Java, C++, C, SQL, Visual Basic, Perl, PHP, or MATLAB.

The prerequisite is automatically satisfied if the student took one (1) course at an accredited college or university. Students can also satisfy this programming prerequisite if they successfully complete the following Online Certificate programs from either LinkedIn Learning or Udemy:


LinkedIn Learning




Minimum Grade Requirements

Students must receive a B or higher from the courses taken at an accredited college or university in order to satisfy the pre-requisites. Students who take the Online Certificatefor programming through LinkedIn Learning or Udemy must demonstrate the course completion and certificate received from the platform and submit it to their admissions representative.


EAS and Pathway

EAS and Pathway students who did not already satisfy the pre-requisites may complete them while taking their English language courses at Clark University. However, Statistics and Programming will not be part of the EAS curriculum. Students will need to complete the Statistics requirement online at Clark University STAT 4009  or online through another accredited university, and they must also complete the programming prerequisite through LinkedIn Learning or Udemy.


Students can begin this program at the start of the fall or spring semester.


For any questions, contact the Program Director, Jing Zhang.

Required Courses

11 core courses are required for the MSBA program. Students must also complete an internship while completing their program.

Accounting Analytics Concentration

Students may choose to add an Accounting Analytics concentration to their MSBA program of study if they would like to specialize in this area. If a student chooses this concentration, they must complete 12 units for their degree. Students must also complete an internship while completing their program.


If you are interested in taking the MSBA Accounting Analytics Concentration please contact your academic advisor before the semester begins and complete the MSBA Accounting Analytics Declaration form found here.


Students that choose this concentration must complete ACCT 4101    Foundations of Financial Accounting in the first semester of their MSBA program. They then choose two out of three courses from the following elective options. These courses are taken in place of MKT5401 and MKT5495.

ACCT 5100 ​  Accounting Analytics

ACCT 5104  Accounting Information Systems 

ACCT 5107   Analysis of Financial Statements


Program Director

Jing Zhang, Ph.D. 


Program Faculty

Hamidreza Ahady Dolatsara, Ph.D

Christopher Benestad, M.A.

Atefeh Yazdanparast, Ph.D.

Kyunghee Yoon, Ph.D.

Jin Fang, Ph.D.


Adjunct Faculty

Theyab Alhwiti, Ph.D.

Dean Cascione, M.A.

Becky Frieden, M.B.A.

Yue Gue, Ph.D.

Minji Jung, Ph.D

Christian Bach, Ph.D

Emeriti Faculty

Margarete Arndt, D.B.A.

Robert Bradbury, Ph.D.

Gary Chaison, Ph.D.

Harold T. Moody, Ph.D.

Edward J. Ottensmeyer, Ph.D.

Maurry Tamarkin, Ph.D.


For a full list of GSOM faculty, including visiting and adjunct faculty, please see the faculty page on SOM’s website.

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