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Student Experience – MSBA

Master of Science in Business Analytics students will appreciate the support and access to resources that come from deliberately smaller class sizes and a cohort-based approach. You’ll be on the same journey as your classmates, working in teams and gaining exposure to real-world problems and hands-on learning opportunities. Foster is known for attracting high performers who are also skilled collaborators, which creates a strong community that extends to our alumni network.

Students have easy access to professors who are contributing valuable research to their disciplines while teaching at the highest level. Career Services’ professionals on campus help you plan your trajectory. Fellow students become partners in helping you succeed. Every facet of the program is designed to help you succeed.

Schedule for working professionals

To allow students to work full-time while enrolled in the MSBA program, classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings weekly (6 – 9:30 pm) and five to six Saturdays (8:30 am– 4:30 pm) throughout quarter.

Visit the UW Academic Calendar for specific date information.


We’ve all worked on teams, but how do you optimize teamwork for the best results? Effective collaboration is a matter of discipline and drive. Greg Bigley, associate professor of management, developed a tested-and-proven framework for initially building and then further developing teams. Foster students greatly benefit from this learning, which was designed for broad application, from business school teams to corporate board rooms.

Guest speakers

Hear from influential members of the business analytics community who come to Foster to provide guest lectures and share personal insight as part of the MSBA Leader Series . This speaker series connects students with innovative business analytics leaders though interactive seminars that impart valuable lessons as students see the application of classroom concepts to real-world scenarios.

Hands-on learning

An applied business intelligence project provides the capstone experience in the MSBA program. Student teams serve as consultants tasked with a company-sponsored business analytics project. Drawing upon the knowledge and skills acquired throughout program, teams conduct in-depth analyses and present actionable recommendations to solve real world challenges.