Paul Cronan
Program Director
215 Business Building
pcronan@walton.uark.edu

Master of Applied Business Analytics Website

Degrees Conferred:
Master of Applied Business Analytics (APBA)

The Master of Applied Business Analytics degree focuses on applied analytics for business. This degree is designed to provide professional preparation for positions in business, government, and public service. It provides sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and foster lifelong learning and innovation. Students may choose from a variety of elective analytics courses in Business, Economic Analytics, Statistics, and Educational Statistics and Research Methods.

Requirements for Master of Applied Business Analytics

Admission Requirements: The Master of Applied Business Analytics program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. “Evidence of ability” means superior grade-point average, an acceptable test score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and recommendations with respect to ability for successful pursuit of graduate-level work. International applicants and resident aliens must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score, or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis.

Requirements for the Master of Applied Business Analytics Degree: Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and analytics will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge for the Applied Business Analytics degree includes fundamental business and economics concepts as well as fundamental knowledge of statistics.

The Master of Applied Business Analytics program considers work experience an integral part of the curriculum and recommends that students work/intern for up to one year in a position (or positions) which allow for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in courses. The Master of Applied Business Analytics Degree is a non-thesis degree program. The comprehensive exam will be a component of the Practicum course, ISYS 599V.

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the Program Director and the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits. 

Pre-Master of Applied Business Analytics Bridging Course3
ERP Fundamentals
Master of Applied Business Analtyics Core Courses15
Data Analytics Fundamentals
Decision Support and Analytics
Data Management Systems
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management
Practicum Seminar
Applied Analytics Electives9
Students must choose three courses (9 hours) from either the Business and Economics Analytics Elective Courses or Statistics and Educational Statistics and Research Elective Courses:
Business and Economics Analtyics Elective Courses
Financial Statement Analysis for Executives
Introduction to Econometrics
Forecasting
Economic Analytics
Energy Finance and Risk Management
Financial Markets & Valuation
Investment Theory and Management
Blockchain Fundamentals
Internship Experience
Seminar in IS Topics
Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs 1
Strategic Management
New Venture Development 1
New Venture Development II 1
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Marketing
Consumer and Market Research
Marketing Analytics
Retail Strategy
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Retail and CPG Supply Chain Management
Predictive Supply Chain Analytics
Statistics and Educational Statistics and Research Elective Courses
Experimental Design
Experimental Design in Education
Advanced Multivariate Analysis
Applied Multivariate Statistics
General Elective (advisor approval)3
Total Hours30

Master of Applied Business Analytics (part-time):

The Information Systems Department also provides an opportunity for professionals in the workplace to complete the program by taking 6 hours per semester 5 semester program.

Students in the part-time program begin with the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate program (1st and 2nd semesters).  Completion and success in the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate program can be used to provide “evidence of ability” and can be used to waive the requirement for an acceptable test score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  

For the part-time program, approval of the Program Director is required to enroll in more than six hours per semester.

Contact the department for additional information or visit http://gsb.uark.edu/.