MBA: Business Analytics


About Business Analytics

Learn to leverage information into successful - and profitable - business decisions.

Enormous amounts of data flow into companies every day, accelerating the need for business analytics to turn this data into information that can be used to create effective business strategies. Get on a fast career track as a business analyst with an online MBA business analytics degree from PennWest California.

 Develop specialized skills and knowledge to manage data.

The MBA degree in business analytics is designed to help students:

  • Develop in-demand skills in business intelligence, data analytics and predictive modeling.
  • Learn how to aggregate data into meaningful strategies to make better business decisions.
  • Gain ethical, evidence-based decision-making skills that can be used to lead organizations and drive strategic planning.

Top sources from the U.S. government to leading business publications predict strong career growth in business analytics. Prepare for this career path by completing an affordable MBA degree at PennWest California in as little as 15 months full time.

Students wishing to study on-campus or through a combination of on-campus and online coursework (multi-modal) must begin their MBA program in the Fall semester.

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On target
Data analysts are in demand to help today's business decision makers turn data into decisions and profit. Your MBA courses in business analytics will focus on such areas as data mining and simulation modeling; business analytics for big data; decision support systems; and more.

Certificate option
In addition to the MBA degree concentration in business analytics, PennWest California students can choose to earn an online business analytics certificate, which can be completed on its own, as an integrated part of the MBA, or added to the MBA program for an additional credential to boost your resume and career.


14 %
growth in employment for business analysts is predicted through 2024 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
$350 million 
is being invested annually by the Department of Defense in order to equip military departments to manage big data.
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Degree Benefits

Study business analytics in PennWest California's MBA degree program either on campus or online: Participate in courses anywhere, anytime and complete this program in 15 months full time. In-depth courses in business analytics will equip you to:

  • Use data to make better business decisions.

  • Examine innovative methodologies to read and interpret business data.

  • Manage big data for supply chains and other major companies.

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Graduate Outcomes

PennWest California students in business analytics will be prepared for a range of strong and growing career opportunities in the coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Employment of operations research analysts is projected to grow 30% through 2024.

  • Job growth for business analysts will be particularly strong in smaller consulting companies in information technology or human resources.

Curriculum, Admissions Requirements and Related Programs


Course Credits
Core Courses  
MBA 700  Business Foundations 3
MBA 710  Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 3
MBA 720  Leading the Enterprise 3
MBA 730  Managerial Decision Making 3
MBA 740  Business, Government and Society 3
MBA 750  MBA Capstone 3
Course Options (Specialized Courses)  
BUS 710  Applied Data Analysis for Business 3
MIS 720  Business Analytics for Big Data 3
MIS 730  Decision Support Systems 3
BUS 740  Forecasting and Predictive Modeling 3
Business Electives (500-level or higher ACC, BUS, ECO, ENP, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT) 6
Total 36

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Admission Requirements


Regular Admission Requirements

  • Regionally Accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of a 2.99-2.60 will be conditionally admitted with the stipulation of earning a 3.0 GPA in the first term
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.59 and below will be reviewed for a decision once the following documentation has been received:
      • Those that have graduated 20+ years ago and are working in a related field, may submit their resume for review.  Those that have not, must complete the GMAT with a 550 or better for consideration.


  • Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores,transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

    This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.



  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit the nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • Submit officialtranscripts by mail or email to:

    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      PennWest California
      Box 91
      250 University Ave. 
      California, PA 15419
      Phone: 724-938-4187
Related Programs

Other MBA Concentrations:

  • Accounting: Prepare to manage accounting information within a business enterprise.
  • Applied economics: Learn to apply economic theory and analysis skills to address issues in business, public policy and behavioral analysis.
  • Healthcare management: Develop tools and skills pertinent to business careers within a variety of healthcare settings.
  • ManagementEnhance personal leadership competencies and build skills that can be used to solve problems and generate results.


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Big Data, More Jobs

488,500 new jobs will be added in the computer and information technology field by 2024 due to a greater business focus on cloud computing, and the collection and storage of big data. That's a jump from 3.9 million to about 4.4 million jobs.

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Expert Faculty

The MBA faculty represent a wide range of specialized expertise in business, ranging from new firm startups and entrepreneurship to U.S. and Chinese millennial e-shopping habits, HR management, cybersecurity, and more. All MBA faculty members have earned their doctorates, and many have career experience in their fields.

Additional Resources

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MBA - Business Analytics Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor; MBA Program Coordinator

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Dr. Ahmet Akgun
Associate Professor

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Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Associate Professor

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Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

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Dr. Paul Hettler

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Dr. Elizabeth Jones
Associate Professor

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Associate Professor

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