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Best of both worlds

Business Analytics and Data Science + Accounting
The Spears School of Business offers a dual degree program consisting of the Masters of Science in Business Analytics and Data Science and the Masters of Science in Accounting.  Accounting students often desire greater exposure to the principles of data analytics and many business analytics and data science students desire to pursue a career in the highly regulated field of accounting.
 

 

What to expect

Interested students must apply and be accepted by the OSU Graduate College to the MS BAnDS and the Master of Science in Accounting. They must meet all academic and non-academic requirements of the OSU Graduate College, as well as requirements of both graduate programs to maintain enrollment and ultimately graduate with a dual degree. The pathway consists of a 55-56 credit hour shared curriculum. With the completion of this coursework comprising core courses in each discipline, plus electives approved by program directors for each discipline, students will be awarded both degrees.

Timeline

The dual degree program requires students to start in the summer with a blend of accounting and analytics courses occurring throughout the first and second year. During the third and final summer, classes consist of Business Analytics and Data Science topics only. Students can anticipate graduation from both degrees by the end of the final summer.   

 

Program structure (55-56 credit hours)

Total credits:

  • 33-34 MS ACCT credit hours plus 37 MS BAnDS credit hours = 70 total credit hours.

    • 15 credit hours will satisify both MS Accounting and MS BAnDS requirements to meet the needed 55-56 credit hours.

  • Minimum MS ACCT class credits: 24-25 hours (core + options)

  • Minimum MS BAnDS class credits: 31 hours (core + electives)

Minimum total credits: 55 hours

 

  • First Year (summer): 6 hours

    Course

    Description 

    Credit hours

    ACCT 5093

    As available and appropriate

    3

    MSIS 5393

    As available and appropriate

    3

  • First Year (fall): Minimum 13 hours

    Course

    Description 

    Credit hours

    ACCT xxxx (core)

    As available and appropriate

    3

    ACCT xxxx (core)

    As available and appropriate

    3

    ACCT xxxx (core)

    As available and appropriate

    3

    BAN 5733 (core)

    Descriptive Business Analytics

    3

    BAN 5560 (core)

    Research and Communication

    1

  • First Year (spring): Minimum 13 hours

    Course

    Description 

    Credit hours

    ACCT xxxx (core)

    As available and appropriate

    3

    ACCT xxxx (core)

    As available and appropriate

    3

    BAN 5743 (core)

    Predictive Business Analytics

    3

    BAN 5560 (core)

    Research and Comm

    1

    MSIS 5633 (core)

    Predictive Analytics Technology

    3

  • Second Year (summer): 3-4 hours

    Course

    Description 

    Credit hours

    ACCT XXXX (core/elective)

    As available and appropriate

    3-4

  • Second Year (fall): Minimum 12 hours

    Course

    Description 

    Credit hours

    BAN 5753 (core)

    Advanced Business Analytics

    3

    MSIS 5193 (core)

    Programming for Data Science

    3

    BAN 5563 (elective)

    As available and appropriate

    3

    MSIS 5503 (core)

    Statistics for Data Science

    3

  • Second Year (spring): Minimum 9 hours

    Course

    Description 

    Credit hours

    BAN elective (BAN5763)

    As available and appropriate 

    3

    ACCT xxxx (core/elective)

    As available and appropriate 

    3

    ACCT xxxx (core/elective)

    As available and appropriate 

    3

 

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