Intakes: 

2022: February, April, August, October and November
2023: February, May, July, October, November

Duration: 
2 years
Fees: 

2022: A$15,500*
2023: A$16,400*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Gain in-demand, practical skills for a rewarding career applying data to solve business problems, with a Master of Business Analytics from Victoria University.

Explore a new career path, upgrade your skills or change the way you run your business using data. Be the master of your data – the master of your business!

In an era where information and data are central to business, our Master of Business Analytics teaches skills you can apply every day to solve business problems, create new opportunities and run the market.

You'll discover the principles of data science, data visualisation, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Using open-source environments R and Python and cloud platforms at AWS and Github – and through our global partnership with SAP – you'll gain practical, useful skills. More importantly, you'll learn how to turn these principles and skills into business profit.

Building on our strong connections with local businesses and international partners, our course gives you hands-on experience and a true feel for using data to solve real-world problems. You will develop a portfolio of projects to present in job applications, based on our continuous review of recent job market demands. Plus, you will have plenty of opportunities to network with industry experts and learn from mentors, supported by our Postgraduate Data Analytics association.

The Master of Business Analytics course covers the following areas:

  • data wrangling and visualisation
  • predictive analytics and big data
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning for business
  • data security and governance
  • cloud technology
  • business data mining and warehousing
  • IT project management.

During the course, you will complete an applied business project, where you'll get apply your knowledge to a contemporary workplace situation, and deliver managerial recommendations in a business setting.

By approaching this authentic business problem with the up-to-date perspectives learnt during your study, you will be able to formulate innovative and ethical solutions and recommendations.

This situational learning will prepare you to confidently take the next step in your career

If you have an Australian bachelor degree in business (or similar discipline), you may be eligible for an exemption of 48 credit points of study.

If you receive 48 credit points for previous study, you may be able to qualify with a masters in 1.5 years, enabling you to launch your professional business analyst career sooner.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, we have rolled out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

This course is delivered in an eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

We support women and diversity groups in data science. We are proud to be part of the following groups:

  • Stanford University Women in Data Science Networking
  • R Ladies network
  • CPA Australia Business Analytics.

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Careers in Business Analytics

The Master of Business Analytics prepares you for positions that include:

  • business analyst
  • business intelligence analyst
  • machine learning and AI consultant
  • data scientist.

Our graduates are employed in a range of specialist fields. Companies where our graduates have been employed include:

  • Accenture
  • AGL
  • BHP
  • British Petroleum (UK)
  • Cadbury Schweppes
  • Carter Holt Harvey
  • China Air Express
  • Ernest & Young
  • Exxon Mobil Ltd
  • IBM
  • Linfox
  • Siemens
  • Unisys.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Business Analytics, students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points college core units
  • 96 credit points professional core units
  • 12 credit points BMO5501 Business Ethics and Sustainability; and,
  • 12 credit points BMO7006 Applied Business Project (Capstone); and,
  • 24 credit points elective units. Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.

College Core Units

Professional Core Units

Core Units

24 credit points elective units

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective use of Business Intelligence/Business Analytics to support operations and management practice;  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related bodies of knowledge to critically evaluate the resolution of business problems and make recommendations relevant to contemporary Business Intelligence/Business Analytics Systems;  
  3. Critically reflect on cross-disciplinary knowledge in decision making associated with the selection, implementation and use of Business Intelligence/Business Analytics System for emerging contexts;  
  4. Exhibit accountability in autonomous and collaborative judgements and innovative strategic thinking in response to contemporary and future business Intelligence/business analytics challenges;  
  5. Formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform decision-making drawing on Business Intelligence/Business Analytics Systems and associated Information Systems;  
  6. Articulate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities and business and other professional organisations in regards to Business Intelligence and Analytics;  
  7. Propose and execute a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone experience linked to a contemporary Business Intelligence/Business Analytics System to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at abstract and practical levels; and,  
  8. Exemplify initiative and inspirational leadership in a contemporary work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
PLUS
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Advanced standing: Applicants with an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent), or higher, in a similar discipline may be eligible for an exemption of 48 credit points of study.


Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting international applications, and we welcome you to apply for this course.

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