Master of Business Analytics

Postgraduate coursework

Increase your qualifications and gain additional accreditation by undertaking a Master of Business Analytics, a postgraduate course at Deakin.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent

Duration

The time and cost can be reduced based on your previous qualifications and professional experience. This means you can fast track the masters degree from 2 years down to 1.5 years, or even 1 year duration. See entry requirements below for more information.

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Become a business analytics professional capable of driving business growth through analytics-based solutions.

Deakin’s business analytics program has been developed in partnership with industry needs. These are drawn from course partners including IBM, Microsoft, Altis Consulting, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PBT Group and PwC.

This course introduces you to a range of internationally-recognised business intelligence and analytics tools and has a very strong practical focus. You’ll learn how decision-making problems in business can be solved using modern modelling and solution techniques.

Big data concepts and issues are integrated across the curriculum and you’ll have access to state-of-the-art business analytics software tools, such as IBM Cognos, and Power BI, RapidMiner, Microsoft Excel and Tableau.

You’ll also have direct access to analytics certification programs offered by IBM and Microsoft.

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Course structure

The Master of Business Analytics is typically 8, 12 or 16 credit points. The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money.

For students undertaking 16 credit points, you study 12 credit points of core units, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module, and 4 credit points of elective units which may be selected from a faculty wide specialisation, a selected list of units or any postgraduate units offered by the University, subject to eligibility. 

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete a capstone unit that requires requiring them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce an applied piece of research with reference to prevailing literature.

12

Core units

4

Elective units

16

Total units

Core units

  • Foundation Skills in Data Analysis ^
  • Business Intelligence and Database
  • Value of Information
  • Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Decision Modelling for Business Analytics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Real World Analytics
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence for Business
  • Modern Data Science
  • Decision Analytics in Practice
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

    • MPM701 Business Process Management
    • Any MIS7 coded unit
    • Any MIT7 coded unit
    • Any SIT7 coded unit
    • Any MWL7 coded unit

    ^MIS770A is a Start Anytime unit.

    Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Elective units

    The remaining 4 credit points may be selected from:

    • Recommended electives^
    • A faculty wide specialisation
    • Any Level 7 MWL coded unit
    • Postgraduate units offered by the University, subject to availability.

    ^ Recommended electives list:

    • MIS793 Business Analytics Project  ~
    • Any MIS7 coded unit
    • Any MIT7 coded unit
    • Any SIT7 coded unit
    • Any MWL7 coded unit

    ~Please note: enrolment in MIS793 cannot be taken with a 4cp specialisation. This unit has a special enrolment process.

    Specialisations

    Faculty-wide specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

     

     

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Business Analytics
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    M761
    CRICOS code?
    088856B
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information


    Course duration - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning uni units.

    More information: WIL Programs

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    Depending on your previous qualifications professional experience, your course will be 1, 1.5 or 2 years duration.

    1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor Honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline, or
    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience, or
    • Graduate Certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline, or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, or
    • Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience, or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    2 year full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline, or
    • Successful completion of a masters qualifying program (MQP), or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Recognition of Prior Learning into the Master of Business Analytics may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    As a Graduate of the Master of Business Analytics you will have developed a broad set of business analytic skills highly sought after in every industry sector, particularly within professional services firms and government.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School is in the top 1% of business schools globally by holding both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide

    The Master of Business Analytics is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
    Completion of this course grants eligibility for entry as a Professional member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate a specialised and integrated understanding of contemporary body of knowledge of business analytics to research, design and implement projects with creativity and initiative.
    Communication Interpret specialised knowledge and effectively communicate complex business analytics findings to both specialists and non-specialists.
    Digital literacy Expertise in using business analytics technologies to independently source information, analyse complex business data and disseminate findings
    Critical thinking Evaluate complex business information using specialised and advanced critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
    Problem solving Use research skills and analytics techniques to interpret data, analyse business environments, and develop advanced solutions for authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
    Self-management Demonstrate autonomy, adaptability and responsibility, self- reflect and critique own performance and identify and plan future development as a business analytics professional.
    Teamwork Collaborate constructively in teams to produce and share specialised and integrated analytic solutions to complex business problems.
    Global citizenship Engage ethically and productively in a business analytics professional context with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.