Postgraduate Programs 2018/19
Master of Science Program in Business Analytics
Award Title

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Program Fee


Program Advisor

Academic Director:

Prof Mike K P SO, Professor of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management


The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Business Analytics aims to meet the increasing demand for business analytics professionals. It provides students with strong knowledge of business analytics by bringing together a wide range of knowledge in applied statistics, information management, optimization, and modeling.


The program focuses on teaching students how to make good use of information and business analytics knowledge for building data-driven strategies, enhancing performance and facilitating evidence-based discussion for problem solving. It develops students’ business analytics competency and hands-on experience in solving real business problems in various areas such as finance, marketing and healthcare. With theoretical and practical foundations in business analytics, supplemented with its techniques, students will be capable in integrating business communication, business analytics, and business decision making process in various business scenarios and domains.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply theoretical and practical knowledge in business analytics to formulate business problems;
  2. Describe massive data using graphical tools, exploratory data analysis and analytical methods;
  3. Integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge with analytics to manage complex data structure in business environment;
  4. Analyze real business problems using various business analytics tools; and
  5. Play leading roles in successful business strategy execution using analytics.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

30 credits


  1. Required Courses

18 credits

ISOM 5230
ISOM 5270
ISOM 5510
ISOM 5610
ISOM 5620
ISOM 5630
ISOM 5640
ISOM 5810
ISOM 5830


  1. Elective Courses

    12 credits

    A list of electives offered in a particular year will be announced at the beginning of each intake. The elective courses are a selection of courses chosen from the portfolio of the School of Business and Management.


    Last update: 31 July 2018

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test (effective from 2018/19 admission): 60
    (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program Specific Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in Information Systems, Operations Management, Statistics or related area, and

  • Work experience:

    • Full-time program: Not required

    • Part-time program: Two years of full-time relevant post-qualification work experience

4. Additional Information
  • Applicants are highly recommended to have a satisfactory GMAT or GRE score.

  • For the full-time program, relevant work or business experience will add weight to the application under consideration.