Notre Dame MS in Business Analytics Update – March 2022

With the MSF program in Chicago ending, I wanted to do an update on the Notre Dame MS in Business Analytics which is still going strong and taught in downtown Chicago, ideally suited for working professionals. With such a great brand name and an analytics focused degree, the Business Analytics masters is definitely a program everyone should consider if they happen to be looking for a Chicago based specialized masters.


Since this is a program designed for working professionals, with classes held on alternating weekends (Friday-Saturday), candidates seeking an F-1 or J-1 student visa are not eligible for the program. Something to keep in mind.

In order to be eligible for this program, you should be actively employed, with a minimum of 2 years work experience. There should be employer support and you should have an evidence of quantitative capabilities to succeed in the program.

The application process is pretty standard – resume, transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation (one from a current employer) and a personal statement. Below are the admission deadlines:

  • Early Decision: May 3, 2022*
  • Round 1: August 2, 2022
  • Round 2: October 4, 2022
  • Round 3: November 15, 2022
* As we continue to experience negative financial ramifications from the Coronavirus pandemic, the University of Notre Dame is prepared to offer a fellowship in the amount of  $5,000 for prospective students who apply by the priority deadline AND who are admitted and successfully matriculate into the MSBA Chicago program.

Note – above is directly from the website and you should confirm before applying. This might change.

Tuition and program fees for the MSBA program starting in January 2023 are $55,900.


Since this is a program designed for working professionals, the career approach is slightly different than a full time program for less experienced undergrads. The program will work with the experienced professional to enhance and expand your career. Below is a list of firms where individuals have earned their MSBA degree:

Deloitte ConsultingJPMorgan ChaseStryker
E&YMcDonald’s CorporationWalgreens
GEMicrosoftWhole Foods


As expected, this degree is heavily focused on analytics and data mining. The curriculum is very relevant and material is taught across 4 modules with a capstone project at the end. Below is the outline of your experience in the program and what you should expect to learn.

Opening Module
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
Module 1
  • Data Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Statistics for Managerial Decision Making I
Module 2
  • Machine Learning
  • Decision & Risk Analysis
  • Advanced R
  • Statistics for Managerial Decision Making II
Module 3
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Data Storytelling
  • Ethics in Business Analytics
  • Unstructured Data Analytics
Module 4
  • Cloud Analytics
  • Marketing and Customer Analytics
  • Emerging Issues in Analytics
Capstone Module
  • Analytics Capstone Project
I am very happy that Notre Dame still has a specialized masters in the city of Chicago. This looks like a well put together degree and the Notre Dame brand is phenomenal. I will continue to monitor this program and update all of you on anything new I find.



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