MS Business Analytics Specifics

The MSBA program at Cal Poly is positioned at the crossroads of statistical modeling, big data management, and actionable business insights.  We prepare our students to enter the job market with advanced technical skills without losing sight of the business purpose behind the analysis.  

Learn more about Cal Poly’s MS Business Analytics degree to see if it sounds like the right program for you. 



Students engage in interdisciplinary activities leading to three completed project, by analyzing real world problems and data provided by our industry partners.  Students synthesize ideas and techniques learned throughout the MSBA program.    

All projects are team based. Teams are assigned by advisors and faculty with each student’s undergraduate background and core skill set in mind. The students gain valuable experience working effectively in a team for a client in a consultant-like relationship. 

Faculty, drawn equally from the technical and management disciplines, provide guidance throughout the project. In addition, there are regular checkpoints and scheduled office hours with the industry partners themselves. 

The output is a professional written report, robust data models, and a presentation to industry partners, faculty, and advisors. 



CLICK HEREto read an article by a former MSBA student about his experience working with our partners on projects.

Matt Fagan

CLICK HEREto read an article about a current MSBA student and why she chose Cal Poly.

Iris Huang

Watch an industry partner discuss their experience participating in our analytic projects. 



To learn more about how industry informed the development of Cal Poly’s MSBA program, you may view this Question & Answer excerpt from our 2015 webinar, featuring Rich Clayton, Executive VP Business Analytics at Oracle, and Joshua Knox, Engineering Program Manager at Google. 

Listen to Dr. Sanjiv Jaggia, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, discuss the formation of Cal Poly’s MSBA program, when he appeared on NPR in 2015.




The MSBA program is supported by an extensive advisory board made up of key executives from top companies in a variety of industries.  Their participation aligns curriculum development with industry needs in this rapidly evolving field of data analytics. The advisory board members, along with other key partners, mentor our students, and provide real data for collaborative industry projects.  

Business Analytics Advisory Board Members: 

Business Analytics Advisory Board
Rex BriggsEvolution, Inc.Marketing ROI & Attribution Expert, CEO of Marketing
Rich ClaytonOracleVice President of Business Analytics
Scott DawsonOrfalea College of Business, Cal PolyDean
Michael DourouxWorkdayRegional Vice President
Brett EldridgePalo Alto NetworksExecutive Advisor
Christine GrammierLiveRamp, An Acxiom CompanyManaging Director
Jean-Francois CogetOrfalea College of Business, Cal PolyAssociate Dean for Academic Programs
Laura JoukovskiTechStyle Fashion Group
Senior Vice President, Global Media & Acquisition
Joshua KnoxGoogleEngineering Program Manager
Greg LeonardVisaDirector of Analytics
Avash LohaniKPMGDirector, Audit Data and Analytics
Kyle Hofer MoraOrfalea Graduate Programs, Cal PolyDirector, Analytic & Quantitative Graduate Programs
Susan Scheer-AokiVMwareVice President, Global Services Digital Platform
Ryan ShandBernstein Global Wealth ManagementVice President Business Analyst
Jared SouterFirst Republic Bank
Chief Data Officer
Harry TannenbaumGoogle
Director, Hardware
Jeff ThayerInformatica
Vice President Marketing Operations
Nikolas (Nick) TriantosNetAppSenior Director, Enterprise Reporting & Data Management
Simon TuckerAnaplanChief Customer Officer
Nate VeldkampTeslaFinance Business Intelligence
Abe WestonGoogleAssociate Principal