Combines leading-edge analytics and critical business skills

Take your career to new heights in our data-driven world with an affordable master’s program that combines leading-edge analytics and critical business skills. Together, with our internationally known faculty and hallmark fusion of theory and practice, you will discover how to obtain and manage data, apply analytical tools, and generate results-focused insights.

We will build on your core expertise and equip you to develop statistically-informed strategies and leverage big data to drive performance and gain a competitive advantage throughout your career.

There are two pathways available for completing this program.

  • Online program: Designed for working professionals, this 100 percent online program will give you the skills to advance your career and the flexibility to take courses from anywhere. Students in this program may only take online courses and tuition is $782 + fees per credit hour.
  • Residential, in-person: The full-time, on-campus option is designed to meet the needs of recent undergraduates and experienced professionals, both domestic and international students. Students in this program will be assessed tuition based on their residency (i.e., in-state, out-of-state, and international).

Degree requirements
Sample program
Course offerings

Choosing Sessions

MBAN program features

  • Customizable online content — focus your study on courses related to your field.
  • Internationally known faculty.
  • A capstone project based on your interests
  • Networking and volunteer opportunities at the largest business analytics symposium in the Midwest.
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) designation for international students in the on-campus program.
Staci Nevinski

When I think about big data, I think of large companies. I’m really interested in how these big concepts can benefit small businesses. I’ve always gravitated toward playing with data. It’s insightful to work with the algorithms we learned in the master of business analytics program.

Staci Nevinski (’22 master of business analytics)

MBAN program details

Admission and fees

Apply to the MBAN program

Online application

Master of business analytics students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer term. Students are admitted year-round.

International students who currently reside outside the U.S. are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the start of the semester if seeking the on-campus option.

Application requirements

  • Resume.
  • College transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Score for non-native English-speaking applicants.
  • Declare on-campus or distance program on application.

Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed. You may be contacted to schedule an interview as part of the admissions process.

Please note: Graduate students in the on-campus pathway, whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from Iowa State University, must take the English Placement Test at the beginning for their first semester of enrollment. The test is administered by the Department of English. It must be taken in addition to the Test of English as a Foreign Language), which is taken as a part of the admissions process. A student who does not pass this examination is required to take specific courses in the English 99/101 series. This coursework must be completed no later than the semester BEFORE you graduate.

Regarding the online program: This program is not approved in SEVIS to issue Forms I-20 or DS-2019 for F-1 or J-1 status. However, an international student who has an F-1/J-1 status for another full-time, residential program can add this online program as a second major.

Application deadline
Admission materials submitted by:

  • Residential/in-person
    Fall semester: June 15.
    Spring semester: November 15.
    Summer semester: March 15  (Domestic students only).
  • Online:
    Fall semester: June 15.
    Spring semester: November 15.
    Summer semester: March 15.

Not required

Format and length
Online or in-person; 30 credits, 15 months

Online or Ames, Iowa

Program tuition and fees*

Iowa residents and students enrolled in the online pathway: $818/credit hour + fees
Non-residents: $1,825/credit hour + fees
International students: $1,931/credit hour + fees

*Tuition and fee rates are subject to change
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The master of business analytics program, offered online and in-person, is tailored to the needs of working professionals and undergraduates looking to get ahead.

Our curriculum focuses on critical tools like analytics leadership, data wrangling and analytics, data visualization and communication, and problem solving — taught through hands-on exercises and case studies.

Customize your degree by taking courses from across campus. This interdisciplinary program draws from several of Iowa State University’s leading education fields in science and technology, including:

  • Computer science.
  • Electrical engineering.
  • Computer engineering.
  • Statistics.
  • Industrial engineering.
  • Manufacturing system engineering.

Our curriculum provides online courses delivered asynchronously — meaning you can do the work when it’s most convenient for you.  

Of the 10 courses, only four are required, leaving you six elective items to choose from. 

Overall, the program provides a foundation in: 

  • Data analytics. 
  • Project management.
  • Statistical and predictive modeling.
  • Consumer sentiment analysis. 
  • Knowledge discovery.
  • Analytical reporting. 
  • Segmentation analysis. 
  • Data visualization.

Customize your capstone project to fit your interests. The capstone allows for focused training in areas such as fraud detection, risk management, text mining, and process improvement. The capstone takes place during your last semester. 

Classes are available year-round, so you can finish in as few as 15 months.  

For more information, contact an advisor at 


Graduate certificates

The Ivy College of Business currently has six graduate certificate programsEach certificate requires 12-15 credits — some of which may apply to your MBAN degree. See your advisor for more information, or email

Concurrent degree options

Concurrent students are those that are earning their undergraduate and graduate degrees at the same time. At the Ivy College of Business you can earn your master’s of business analytics (MBAN) at the same time you earn your bachelor’s degree in business analytics (BUSAN) or management information systems (MIS).

Double degree options

The MBA-MBAN double degree program combines the comprehensive management education of the top-ranked Ivy MBA with an in-depth study of business analytics through the MBAN degree. 

Contact an advisor for more information at

International students

Important information for international students

Three-year degrees may be accepted if a WES or ECE transcript evaluation deems your degree equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree.

Otherwise, Iowa State University’s Graduate College does not accept three-year degrees from India, Bangladesh, Canada (excluding Quebec), Nepal, and Pakistan. Degrees from these countries are internally reviewed individually if submitted directly to Iowa State.

Additionally, Iowa State University’s Graduate College does not accept HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) without a top-up degree. It is acceptable if your WES or ECE course-by-course evaluation determines your three-year degree equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree.

For questions regarding internal reviews and top-up degrees, please contact

Helpful information


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Customized career advice

Whether you’re angling for a promotion or you want to polish your resume, the Graduate Career Services team offers each student personalized, custom advice and services for your climb up the corporate ladder.   

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Graduate Student Services

Ivy College of Business
1420 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011


Send us an email or call 515-294-8118.