Master of Science in Analytics

Applying data science and business strategy to optimize effectiveness and guide decisions.

Data is powerful. If used effectively, the information captured and generated by companies has the power to drive profitability. The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) at LSU prepares students to use data-driven methods to contribute to organizational effectiveness and guide decisions. This STEM-designated program emphasizes business analytics, business intelligence, and information technology to solve problems, reduce costs, increase revenues, streamline processes, and improve decision-making. 


On-campus Master of Science in Analytics program applications are closed. We are still accepting applications for the Online MSA.

For questions regarding the program, contact Joni Shreve


What You'll Learn

Master your skills with our innovative curriculum through a mixture of classroom instruction, hands-on experiences, and team-based projects. 

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) is a 36-hour program. Students learn specialized skills and knowledge drawn from computer science, statistics, operations research, and quality management to achieve results. The program culminates with a practicum project where teams of students work with organizations to solve real-world analytics problems. 

The MSA curriculum emphasizes using advanced data management tools, applied statistics, and operations research techniques. Students use SAS, SQL, R, SPSS, Tableau, and other tools to analyze extensive real-world data sets to increase return on investment, improve customer retention, reduce fraud, and improve decision-making. 


Your Career Path

Data analytics is instrumental to the success of all mainstream business functions. As a result, analytics professionals are in high demand.

LSU MSA graduates are well-prepared for employment and enjoy careers in various industry sectors, including consulting, healthcare, insurance, oil and gas, and telecommunications. Employers who hire our graduates include:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Bank of America
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CenturyLink
  • Chevron
  • Disney
  • DeepWater Horizons
  • Dow
  • Exxon
  • FedEx
  • General Motors
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • SAS

Obtaining the Master of Science in Analytics degree substantially transformed my career trajectory. The project-based practicum assignments were pivotal and prepared me to tackle real-world challenges confidently. Since graduation, I've progressed to a senior data analyst role at a major entertainment company where I leverage my data science skills to drive decisions in a fast-paced corporate environment. LSU’s Analytics program was the foundation for my career advancement.

John Edward Schwartzenburg ('19)
Senior Decision Science Product Consultant, The Walt Disney Company



Best Master's of Business Analytics Programs

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Contact Us

SDEIS Main Office

2200 Business Education Complex


MSA Program Contact 

Joni Nunnery Shreve
Associate Director, Enrollment and Academic Services