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In an increasingly digital world, organisations across the globe collect huge volumes of data. Businesses that can make sense of this information will have a competitive edge. The Master of Business analytics is a specialised degree that gives you the skills and knowledge to understand this flow of data and provide businesses with the insights they need to succeed.

In a course designed through a collaboration of academics, industry practitioners and technology vendors for industry, you'll gain the specialist skills and knowledge you need to have a competitive professional advantage.

You'll learn the role of data in decision-making, problem-solving and organisational change. You will gain practical skills in business, statistics and computer science, as well as developing personal skills such as communication and critical thinking.

Importantly, you will gain practical experience in leading commercial software applications, from SAS, SAP, Microsoft and IBM as well as open source alternatives. You’ll also have many opportunities to test your skills in a real-world environment.

La Trobe is a member of the Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) research program which will help train over 1,000 data analytics professionals between 2015 and 2020. This membership provides many authentic projects and internship opportunities for Business Analytics students.

La Trobe is the first institution in Australia to develop a voucher system in partnership with SAS to offer continuing professional development after your graduation. These vouchers, available only to graduates of the La Trobe Master of Business Analytics, allow you to access additional highly sought-after industry certifications at significantly discounted pricing for up to three years following your graduation.

Our accounting and finance subjects are ranked in the top 200 in the world,* La Trobe also ranks in the top 3 universities in Victoria for research in banking, finance and investment; and accounting, auditing and accountability.**

Career opportunities

The 2015 IAPA Skills and Salary Survey found there is a huge demand for analytics professionals in Australia, with 90 per cent of analytics respondents earning more than the national median salary.***

Our strong focus on industry training means La Trobe Business School graduates are highly employable. For those already working in the industry, the Master of Business Analytics provides opportunities for career and salary enhancement.

Our graduates have gone to successful careers in companies such as:

  • ANZ
  • nib Health Insurance

La Trobe Business School graduates work in a diverse range of roles, including:

  • analytics consultant
  • business analyst
  • data analyst
  • customer analyst (retail, loyalty, strategy, etc.)
  • process analyst

Analytics professionals are highly sought after across a range of industries including:

  • banking and investment
  • entertainment
  • health (e.g. insurance)
  • retail (e.g. supermarkets, fashion)
  • IT

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
** Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015-16.
***The median Analytics professional survey respondent earns AUD$130,000, which is equal to 184% of the median Australian salary (2015 Analytics Professionals of Australia IAPA Skills & Salary Survey).

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Dr Kok-Leong Ong

Associate Professor, Program Director (Business Analytics)
La Trobe Business School
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Dr Kok-Leong Ong’s distinguished academic career is complemented by many years’ experience in the industry.

He began as a computer scientist 15 years ago, and explains the way his role changed as the industry shifted.

‘Many years back, my role as a computer scientist was to help business be more efficient. As technology matures, businesses are turning to data and analytics professionals to help them be more strategic.’ he said.

‘I joined La Trobe in 2015 with the opportunity to develop a program for a new breed of analytics professionals .’

He is now program director for La Trobe’s suite of Business Analytics programs. That includes the flagship Master of Business Analytics, the graduate diploma in business analytics and certificate in business analytics.

He has also helped craft the curriculum for the Master of Data Science program, the Master of Cybersecurity and a new course set to start in 2018, Master of Sports Analytics.

Course details for local students

Master of Business Analytics

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March, July, November
Fees amount:
$28,200 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
City
Duration:
2 years full-time. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to complete the course in 1.5 years or less.
Prerequisites:
An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification. Admission may be granted to applicants without an undergraduate degree but with five or more years of relevant work experience. In making an offer to an applicant, the University may give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and employment experience. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Business Analytics may apply for membership with the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Foundation Subjects*

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Sustainable Management and Marketing
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Business Information Management
  • Statistics for Business and Finance

Graduate Certificate

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Visual Analytics
  • Data Warehousing and Big Data

Graduate Diploma

  • Customer Analytics and Social Media
  • Analytics in Practice
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Data Warehouse Concepts and Design

Master

  • Specialisation (e.g. sports analytics, marketing analytics, or data science) which includes a 30 credit points project and two 15 credit points specialisation subjects.

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

* Students applying to the program with a cognate undergraduate degree, and/or relevant work experience will normally be granted advanced standing (credits) to these subjects.

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Insights that drive business success

Develop an integrated skill-set in data analytics and management to guide business growth.

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Choose Master of Business Analytics at La Trobe

In an increasingly digital world, organisations across the globe collect huge volumes of data. Businesses that can make sense of this information will have a competitive edge. The Master of Business analytics is a specialised degree that gives you the skills and knowledge to understand this flow of data and provide businesses with the insights they need to succeed.

In a course designed through a collaboration of academics, industry practitioners and technology vendors for industry, you will gain the specialist skills and knowledge you need to have a competitive professional advantage.

You will learn the role of data in decision-making, problem-solving and organisational change. You will gain practical skills in business, statistics and computer science, as well as developing personal skills such as communication and critical thinking.

Importantly, you will gain practical experience in leading commercial software applications, from SAS, SAP, Microsoft and IBM as well as open source alternatives. You will also have many opportunities to test your skills in a real-world environment .

La Trobe is a member of the Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) research program which will help train over 1,000 data analytics professionals between 2015 and 2020. This membership provides many authentic projects and internship opportunities for Business Analytics students.

La Trobe is the first institution in Australia to develop a voucher system in partnership with SAS to offer continuing professional development after your graduation. These vouchers, available only to graduates of the La Trobe Master of Business Analytics, allow you to access additional highly sought-after industry certifications at significantly discounted pricing for up to three years following your graduation.

Our accounting and finance subjects are ranked in the top 200 in the world,* La Trobe also ranks in the top 3 universities in Victoria for research in banking, finance and investment; and accounting, auditing and accountability.**

Career opportunities

The 2015 IAPA Skills and Salary Survey found there is a huge demand for analytics professionals in Australia, with 90 per cent of analytics respondents earning more than the national median salary.***

Our strong focus on industry training means La Trobe Business School graduates are highly employable. For those already working in the industry, the Master of Business Analytics provides opportunities for career and salary enhancement.

Our graduates have gone to successful careers in companies such as:

  • ANZ Banking Group
  • nib Health Insurance

La Trobe Business School graduates work in a diverse range of roles, including:

  • analytics consultant
  • business analyst
  • customer analyst (retail, loyalty, strategy, etc.)
  • data analyst
  • process analyst

Analytics professionals are highly sought after across a range of industries including:

  • banking and investment
  • entertainment
  • health (e.g. insurance)
  • retail (e.g. supermarkets, fashion)
  • IT

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
** Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015-16.
***The median analytics professional survey respondent earns AUD$130,000, which is equal to 184% of the median Australian salary (2015 Analytics Professionals of Australia IAPA Skills & Salary Survey).

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Staff profile

Dr Kok-Leong Ong

Associate Professor, Program Director (Business Analytics)
La Trobe Business School
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Dr Kok-Leong Ong’s distinguished academic career is complemented by many years’ experience in the industry.

He began as a computer scientist 15 years ago, and explains the way his role changed as the industry shifted.

‘Many years back, my role as a computer scientist was to help business be more efficient. As technology matures, businesses are turning to data and analytics professionals to help them be more strategic.’ he said.

‘I joined La Trobe in 2015 with the opportunity to develop a program for a new breed of analytics professionals .’

He is now program director for La Trobe’s suite of Business Analytics programs. That includes the flagship Master of Business Analytics, the graduate diploma in business analytics and certificate in business analytics.

He has also helped craft the curriculum for the Master of Data Science program, the Master of Cybersecurity and a new course set to start in 2018, Master of Sports Analytics.

Course details for international students

Master of Business Analytics (087774A)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March, July, November
Fees amount ($A):
34 000
Campus:
City
Duration:
2 years.
English language requirements:
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
Academic entry requirements:
A recognised Bachelor's degree in any discipline. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Business Analytics may apply for membership with the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Students enrolling in the program with a cognate degree or relevant experience may submit documents for Advanced Standing, allowing them to complete the course in 1.5 years or less.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Foundation Subjects*

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Sustainable Management and Marketing
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Business Information Management
  • Statistics for Business and Finance

Graduate Certificate

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Visual Analytics
  • Data Warehousing and Big Data

Graduate Diploma

  • Customer Analytics and Social Media
  • Analytics in Practice
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Data Warehouse Concepts and Design

Master

  • Specialisation (e.g. sports analytics, marketing analytics, or data science) which includes a 30 credit points project and two 15 credit points specialisation subjects.

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

* Students applying to the program with a cognate undergraduate degree, and/or relevant work experience will normally be granted advanced standing (credits) to these subjects.

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