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The use of information as an asset is fast becoming an essential business strategy. Core knowledge in management, finance and accounting is critical, but recent technological advances are challenging leaders to add a new skill set to their teams—the ability to capture data, organize it, analyze it and use it to make better business decisions in the context of specific functional areas. The MSBA degree is designed to teach these critical skills and develop professional business analysts prepared to assist organizations in developing and sustaining a unique competitive advantage.

Additionally, VSB offers a Center for Business Analytics to prepare graduates to become analytics leaders in their organizations. 

Yes, all programs offered by the Villanova School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the professional accrediting body for business schools.

The MSBA is an online program that allows for the flexibility of starting in the fall or spring semester. 

The online MSBA is a part-time program designed for working professionals. 

The MSBA can be completed in six semesters (24 months). Students follow a prescribed matriculation path in order to complete the degree in this time period.

No, the MSBA is only offered in an online format.

No. The MSBA degree will be offered entirely online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous class sessions. Small classes will allow faculty to individually support each student and help foster personal connections among peers. 

The MSBA program is designed to provide flexibility to busy working professionals while letting students stay fully engaged with faculty and their classmates. Courses are primarily delivered in an asynchronous environment using a combination of tools such as recorded presentations, discussion forums and interactive case studies to let students learn according to their own schedule. However, select synchronous elements, including online discussion sessions (all recorded so you can watch them on your own schedule) and virtual office hours, are also incorporated into each course.

All students are required to have a Windows PC with Excel 2010 or later. Throughout the program, faculty members will employ a variety of different software packages, some of which do not work on a Mac. To avoid issues with conflicting security requirements and administrative settings, it is also highly recommended that students do not use a work computer.

Villanova University has joined the Data Analytics Association. As a benefit of this, all students receive a free membership to the DAA. Membership provides individuals with an array of benefits focusing on:​

  • Professional Development​
  • Career Resources​
  • Community and Networking

To fulfill the requirements of the MSBA curriculum, candidates must complete 36 credits.

No, courses cannot be waived based on undergraduate coursework.

The ideal MSBA candidate has a technical, quantitative background that has been demonstrated in a professional and/or academic environment. Emphasis during the admissions process will be placed on performance in courses such as Statistics, Research Analysis and Business Intelligence. Responsibilities in roles which require data analysis, data mining, statistical analysis and interpretation are indicators of preparedness for success in Villanova's MSBA program. 

Prospective students will be required to complete an online application, inclusive of two essays and a professional resume, and submit two letters of recommendation and an official transcript from each institution attended. The GMAT or GRE is optional, but strongly recommended for individuals with a non-technical background or an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0. In addition, international applicants must submit a TOEFL score and a transcript evaluation.

The application deadline for Fall is July 15 and Spring is November 30. 

Yes. All students must have completed an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (with a minimum grade of B) prior to matriculation into the MSBA program.

The GMAT or GRE is not required for admission into the program. However, under the following circumstances the GMAT or GRE is strongly recommended:

  • Candidates with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of under a 3.0.
  • Candidates with less than 2 years of post-graduate work experience.
  • Candidates who have been out of school for more than 10 years and do not have technical work experience.

Tuition for the MSBA is $1,428 per credit. Financial assistance in the form of student loans is available. Please note that costs and fees are subject to change.

The Villanova School of Business is pleased to offer merit scholarships to academically and professionally accomplished students. Scholarship offers and award amounts will be determined by a holistic review of your application for admission and thorough evaluation of a variety of indicators, including (but not limited to) rigor of coursework, undergraduate GPA, your professional accomplishments and standardized test scores. Students will be evaluated for scholarship awards during the evaluation process. Once admitted, if you are not awarded a scholarship, you can submit a Scholarship Request Form, which will appear on the Application Status Page. Once submitted, the request will be reviewed for merit award eligibility. An additional essay will be required when submitting this form.

Scholarship decisions are typically made within a week of submitting the form. If you have any questions about the scholarship process, please reach out to our admissions representatives.

Villanova University’s Office of Veterans and Military Service Members is committed to guiding each individual from admissions to graduation, and beyond. Review the VA Education Checklist for a step-by-step guide on how to utilize your benefits. For any additional questions, you can reference the Office’s FAQ, or send an email to


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James Dietz
Assistant Director, Admissions
MSBA Program


Women in Tech Conference


The Villanova Women in Tech Conference is a premier event hosted every year by the Villanova School of Business in late January/early February.

In 2021, the panel discussed the experience of women of color in the tech industry as well as the efforts designed to support expanded representation. Panelists spoke to a spectrum of resources, trends and experiences, from seed planting to corporate commitment, designed to encourage and sustain the growth of women of color within the sector. 

Visit the Women In Tech page to view highlights from the 2021 conference.