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Student Life

The University of Southern California offers a vibrant student life. During your time in the Master of Science in Business Analytics program, you can take advantage of our sunny Los Angeles location, beautiful campus, and numerous student activities.

Campus Experience

MSBA students make friends, deepen knowledge, and have fun by joining campus-wide organizations, Marshall School of Business graduate student clubs, or our MSBA-specific Business Analytics Student Association (BASA). Students can catch up with friends at a tailgate or USC athletics sporting event, study on one of Los Angeles' many beaches, or snag discounted tickets to some of the city's theme parks options. The Visions and Voices initiative gives the USC community access to arts and humanities events around the city.

Case Competitions

To further their business acumen, students partake in case competitions both internally to the program and externally. In April 2022, the MSBA program kicked off the first annual USC MSBA Sustainability Case Competition, where students competed to solve sustainability issues on-campus. Additionally, students from the program have joined international case competitions. A team of USC MSBA's placed 2nd in the Humana-Mays Healthcare Analytics 2020 Competition for their model predicting transportation challenges for Medicare patients.

Experiential Learning Trips (Company Treks)

The MSBA program offers many company visits, where students have the opportunity to network with companies and their data analytics teams. We have company day visits as well as an alternative spring break, in which we take a number of our students on company treks to either Seattle or San Francisco. During these treks, our students get the chance to meet with the data analytics teams allowing for networking and long-lasting connections.

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MSBA Seattle Trek 2019

During the Spring 2019 Trek to Seattle, students visited Amazon, Panopto, Starbucks, Tableau, and T-Mobile

Gain Real-World Experience

Our students gain valuable real-world experience throughout their time in the MSBA program through Summer internships and projects with industry partners. Rather than requiring a capstone project, in which students would only pursue one project at the end of their graduate program, MSBA students have the chance to build their resume through collaboration with companies to solve real business problems through data. For more information about internship companies, please check out our Career page.

Extracurricular Activities

Learn about the MSBA program's extracurricular experience from Associate Director Nina Richardson.