Best Colorado Business Analytics Degrees

With an increasingly diverse economy, some of the highest quality-of-life marks in the country and an expanding populace, Colorado is becoming a popular state for young professionals and those looking to level-up their careers.

It’s no wonder why so many business analytics students are considering earning master’s degrees in their field from Colorado business schools, but which ones are best at balancing cost and flexibility?

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We researched and studied the Colorado colleges and universities that offer graduate-level degrees in business analytics, including Master of Science, Master of Business Administration and graduate certificates, and narrowed the list to the three best options. Our list includes details about the programs, accreditation, tuition and whether the programs are offered online.

Our analysis wasn’t limited only to those accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, but the Colorado schools that made our best-of-the best list all are accredited by the AACSB.

Our Selection Criteria

  • Reputation: How the university and program is thought of by its peers.
  • Credibility: How well the program ranks in major degree rating publications.
  • Flexibility: How flexible the program is in terms of online class times, time to complete degree, etc.
  • Value: Comparison of the quality of education to cost.

Programs in This Section

  1. University of Colorado Denver
  2. University of Colorado Boulder
  3. University of Denver

#1. University of Colorado Denver

1475 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80202

Business Analytics Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (STEM-designated)

Other Applicable Degrees:

  • Master of Business Administration (full time, accelerated)
  • Dual Master of Business Administration-Master of Science in Business Analytics

Program Description:

The top school on our list, the University of Colorado-Denver, earns the highest position by virtue of its relatively low cost paired with online degree options. UCD’s master’s in business analytics can be earned entirely online, and it’s a STEM-designated program, ideal for international students who want to earn degrees from a well-respected American institution. Students who do choose to attend in person will get the benefit of evening classes if they need it, and all students will take part in a unique two-year curriculum that includes emerging technologies and programming languages as well as projects that involve tackling actual business problems and not just theoretical ones. Relevant coursework includes Prescriptive Analytics With Optimization, Time-Series Forecasting and Decision Analysis, and learners have a couple of other degree options, including earning an MBA with a business analytics focus.

Degree Details:

Accreditation

  • AACSB

Admissions

  • Bachelor’s degree (required GPA unpublished); GMAT or GRE (required score unpublished); TOEFL score for international students

Tuition

  • $24,240 (in-state, 30 credits)

Online?

  • Yes, optional

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 #2. University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business

995 Regent Drive, Koelbel Building 419 UCB, Boulder CO 80309

Business Analytics Degree:

  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (STEM-designated)

Other Applicable Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Business Administration (full time and evening)
  • Graduate Certificates in Business Analytics Methods, Marketing Analytics and Supply Chain Analytics

Program Description:

The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder has our second-rated program in the state of Colorado, largely due to its tuition cost, which is considerably higher than the No. 1 school on our list. But for some students, UCB might provide more of a bang for the buck, as it boasts several more analytics-related degrees than the other schools on the list. Like the other two, the main analytics degree offering is a STEM-designated Master of Science in Business Analytics, and the school also offers a master’s in supply chain management, along with graduate certificates and a flexible MBA program. The on-campus degree can be completed in as little as 10 months, while the online option allows learners to go at their own pace while offering the same curriculum. Notable coursework includes Quantitative Modeling, Structured State Modeling & Analysis and Fundamentals of Data Communication.

Degree Details:

Accreditation

  • AACSB

Admissions

  • Bachelor’s degree (required GPA unpublished); GMAT or GRE (required score unpublished); TOEFL score for international students

Tuition

  • $34,569 (in-state, 33 credits)

Online?

  • Yes, optional

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#3. University of Denver Daniels College of Business

2101 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208

Business Analytics Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (STEM eligible)

Other Applicable Degrees:

  • Master of Business Administration (online and on-campus)
  • Master of Business Administration (business analytics concentration)

Program Description:

Both the most expensive program and the only one of the three not offering an online option for Master of Science in Business Analytics students, the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business may be last in this ranking, but that does not mean it is a poor option. The program is STEM eligible like the other two on our list, and for students who need an online option, DU offers an online MBA. The in-person master’s in business analytics is a fast-paced program, allowing most students to get back to working full time in just one year. Noteworthy business analytics courses include Python Programming, Business Databases, and Data Mining and Visualization.

Degree Details:

Accreditation

  • AACSB

Admissions

  • Bachelor’s degree (required GPA unpublished); GMAT (required score unpublished)

Tuition

  • $60,436

Online?

  • No

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