Best Mississippi Business Analytics Degrees

From deciding how to price their products to weighing personnel decisions to calculating appropriate advertising budgets, almost every organization in the world is using business analytics to power decision-making.

It’s no wonder why, as this emerging field combines business acumen with hard data to create actionable insights. Business analytics marries education in management, economics and related fields with advanced training in statistics and data science, and most upper-level jobs in the field require education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

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Fortunately for students in Mississippi, there are multiple options for securing a master’s degree in business analytics. We wanted to make sense of which programs represent the most shrewd investments, so we did some data science of our own, comparing applicable degrees from all business schools in the state across metrics like cost, accreditation (AACSB is the best, but not the only option), flexibility and more.

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. Jackson State University
  2. Millsaps College
  3. University of Southern Mississippi

#1. Jackson State University

1400 Lynch St., Jackson, MS 39217

Business Analytics Degree:

  • Master of Business Administration

Other Applicable Degrees:

  • Master of Professional Accountancy

Program Description:

Jackson State University’s online MBA takes the No. 1 position on this list by virtue of its 100% online-optional delivery system and tuition that puts JSU among the most affordable in the country when it comes to MBA education. Not only is the degree offered entirely online, but it’s also accelerated, with students completing requirements in just one year.

Degree Details:

Accreditation

  • AACSB

Admissions

  • Bachelor’s degree; GMAT preferred, GRE accepted; English proficiency scores required for international applicants

Tuition

  • $19,500 (30 credits)

Online?

  • Yes (optional)

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#2. Millsaps College

1701 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39210

Business Analytics Degree:

  • Master of Business Administration

Other Applicable Degrees:

  • Master of Accountancy

Program Description:

The Else School of Management at Millsaps College is home to a hybrid MBA that gives students the option to attend on weeknights, finishing in as little as a year or as many as three years, or on alternating weekends, which will take about 16 months. A few focus areas are available, including quantitative analysis, marketing and management.

Degree Details:

Accreditation

  • AACSB

Admissions

  • Bachelor’s degree; GMAT or GRE not required, GMAT accepted; English proficiency scores required for international applicants

Tuition

  • $29,460 (30 credits)

Online?

  • Hybrid

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#3. University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Business Analytics Degree:

  • Master of Business Administration

Other Applicable Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Computer Science

Program Description:

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online MBA is the final program on our list. While it’s the most affordable, it lacks accreditation from AACSB, gaining only regional accreditation. Still, it’s an excellent option for students whose career ambitions don’t require AACSB accreditation. Motivated students can complete their training in a year, and a sports security management specialization is available.

Degree Details:

Accreditation

  • SACSCOC

Admissions

  • Bachelor’s degree; GMAT or GRE required; English proficiency scores required for international applicants

Tuition

  • $16,302 (33 credits)

Online?

  • Yes (optional)

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