The goal of the MBA program is to develop thought leadership skills so participants can impact the organization they work for in the area of analytics.


In the United States, opportunities to master this field lie primarily on both coasts, while Loras College leads the Midwest with the only program offering an MBA in this rapidly expanding area of business.

The business analytics concentration of the Master of Business Administration degree program has been shaped by a unique consortium of leaders in analytics. Loras has already established a rich network within the field, offering partnerships with the local business community, other academic institutions and alumni with expertise in analytics and performance management.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of program is our liberal arts focus. This focus infuses the ethical decision-making values taught through our College’s Catholic tradition, an area too easily overlooked by other programs, with the science of data analytics. What’s more, our program is flexible, convenient and set up with your hectic schedule in mind.


Tom Gantz (’92)
Entrepreneur, Dubuque, IA

“I have been involved with family businesses all my life, working from a financial analysis perspective, and I was intrigued by the idea of deeper and richer analytics methods which included aspects other than financial.”

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1. When do sessions begin?

Sessions begin in the Spring and Fall. We also offer an MBA bootcamp for Excel & JMP one week prior to the start of classes. Contact us at 563.588.7784 for details and specific start dates.

2. Will the program accept graduate transfer credit?

A maximum of six credits can be transferred from a previously attended institution. The courses must be similar in content and approved by the MBA Program Director.

3. How long will it take to complete the degree?

Students entering into the program at the start of the fall semester should complete the program in two years. Those entering at the beginning of the second course of the fall semester or in a different semester may take longer to complete the program.

4. What time are classes? Are there online offerings?

Classes will be offered in two seven-week terms per semester, with course times in the evening.

5. Do I need to take prerequisites for full admission to the program?

Full admission into the program requires that applicants have a familiarity with concepts in the areas of economics, accounting, finance, management and marketing. Applicants with an undergraduate business degree will generally meet these requirements.

The academic readiness of an applicant who does not hold an undergraduate degree in a business field will be determined through an interview process, including a review of professional work experience and, in some cases, completion of business competency exams. Students who do not fully meet the academic-readiness requirements for the program may be admitted on a provisional basis.

6. What do I need to submit for application?

Students will be required to complete the online MBA application form, forward us all official undergraduate transcripts and submit a personal essay.

MBA Application Form

7. Who can I contact for more information related to the Master of Business Administration at Loras College?

Feel free to complete our online inquiry form, or you can contact MBA Director Dan Conway at 563.588.7784 or email


Daniel Conway, Ph.D.

Daniel Conway, Ph.D.

joined Loras College in 2013 as the founding MBA Director and Associate Professor of Business Analytics.

More about Dr. Conway

Daniel Conway, Ph.D., joined Loras College in 2013 as the founding MBA Director and Associate Professor of Business Analytics.

Conway has served as an adjunct professor at both Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in finance and economics, big data analytics, web and text analytics and business analytics. He has also served as faculty at Indiana University, Augustana College and Notre Dame.

Conway has experience teaching a variety of other business courses and has authored and co-authored numerous articles, columns and book chapters on privacy, security and control in electronic commerce, the evolution of metanorms and innovation patterns and big data.

Rich Clayton ('87)

Rich Clayton (’87),

Vice President, Business Analytics Product Group, Oracle Corporation, serves on the Board of Regents for Loras College and has led the development of the first MBA program in the state of Iowa that focuses on business analytics.

More about Rich Clayton

Rich Clayton is Vice President of the Business Analytics Product Group and is responsible for driving global adoption of Oracle’s Business Intelligence, Big Data Analytics and Enterprise Performance Management solutions. He has a passion for helping companies transform their operations with analytics and driving change in financial management processes. Clayton is continuously researching industry trends, interacting with customers and partners and presenting at finance forums, big data events and analytic symposiums around the world on Oracle’s strategy and the future of analytics.

Clayton currently serves on the Board of Regents for Loras College. Collaborating with Loras faculty and administration, he led the development of the first MBA program in the state of Iowa focusing on business analytics.

Prior to joining Oracle, Clayton was Vice President of Product Strategy for Hyperion, where he we was responsible for go-to-market planning, product positioning, market strategy, pricing and sales enablement. He has held several executive marketing positions for venture-backed cloud startups. Before joining the technology industry, he held various corporate finance roles and was a public auditor with McGladrey in Chicago.

Clayton earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loras College.