La Trobe University

Master of Business Analytics


Start dates
March, July, November
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.
Fees and costs
$28,200 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Business and data analysts are in high demand.

Our Master of Business Analytics delivers the practical and theoretical skills needed to create business solutions such as predictive modelling, risk assessment and data visualisations for clients and stakeholders.

Our foundational subjects instruct you in accounting, marketing, information management, statistics and data-wrangling. Next, you’ll learn advanced analytical technologies and tools for managing big data in a variety of contexts. Finally, you can choose an elective specialisation in your preferred field.

The Master of Business Analytics gives you the expertise required for a successful career in business and data analysis:

  • Take advantage of flexible learning and work placements with partners including SAS, Microsoft, PwC and IBM;
  • Successful graduates qualify for an SAS Certificate in Business Analytics.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

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.

Entry requirements


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.

Career outcomes

The need for analytics professionals is at an all-time high as organisations seek to understand the massive amounts of data now at their disposal.

Graduates have found work as data analysts, business analysts, data scientists, supply chain analysts, data engineers, market research analysts and business intelligence developers.

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.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

$28,200 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018 or Summer Semester, 2018/19.

How to apply for an postgraduate degree

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

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.