Broadly speaking, business intelligence (BI) is the extraction of insights from raw data to aid in business decision making. BI has traditionally involved cataloging and examining data from past actions, and developing a consistent set of metrics to both measure past performance and guide business planning.
Today BI leverages a variety of technologies, processes, and software to identify, extract, combine, and analyze the abundance of data that is produced by—and can inform—day-to-day business. Functions of BI technologies include development of dashboards, online analytical processing, data mining, querying, complex event processing, business performance management, benchmarking, predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, and reporting.
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A degree in business intelligence will arm you with the technological and decision-science knowhow to improve business decision making in this Big Data age.
Business Intelligence versus Business Analytics
The distinction between business intelligence (BI) and business analytics (BA) is neither clearcut nor agreed upon. (So much so that some in the field dismiss the issue: “What’s the difference between Business Analytics and Business Intelligence?” asks Timo Elliot. “The correct answer is: everybody has an opinion, but nobody knows, and you shouldn’t care.”) The fields of study are related enough that many programs combine the two, offering degrees or concentrations in “Business Intelligence and Analytics.”
Still, it’s helpful to have some idea of the difference. BI looks to the past, basing business strategies on insights gleaned from historical data. BI answers questions such as “what happened,” “how many,” and “how often.”
BA, in contrast, uses modeling techniques to predict future events, tackling questions such as “why is this happening,” “what if these trends continue,” “what will happen next,” and “what is the best that can happen.”
Lisa DellaPorta sums it up this way: “If BI is the way to catalog the past, then BA could be called the way to deal with the present and predict the future.”
BI (and BI/BA) programs typically require students to complete a handful of core courses and then fill out their schedule with electives. Common courses include:
- Data Mining
- Data Warehouse Design and Implementation
- Decision Support Systems
- Database Tools
- Balanced Scorecards and Performance Dashboards
- Predictive Analytics
- Data Pre-Processing and Exploration
Many BI programs require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree in science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or a related field.
At the 2015 Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit, self-service business intelligence/analytics emerged as a trend to watch. As Mike Lamble of CIO.com put it, “Self-service analytics is white hot and growing while demand for traditional dashboard BI is in remission.”
Self-service BI enables business users to design and deploy their own reports and analyses within an approved and supported architecture and tools portfolio (says Gartner’s IT Glossary). An organization’s IT department sets up the underlying data warehouse and gets the self-service query and reporting tools up and running, but doesn’t need to be involved in every analysis.
The increasing demand for self-service data visualization and business discovery tools reflects the influx of data-savvy knowledge workers equipped to dig into the data themselves rather than enlisting an IT intermediary. Bypassing the IT department may save time, but it also means that analysis becomes less centralized. As the popularity of self-service BI tools grows, industry leaders are likely asking: Does the analytics empowerment and reduced time-to-answer afforded by these tools come at the expense of cost control and data quality management? Is the trade-off worth it?
For more on Business Intelligence trends, see Tableau Software’s list.
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University of Arizona
The University of Arizona offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence & Analytics (Certificate NDP) that can be completed entirely online. The program is designed for IT professionals, business analysts, project managers, marketing analysts, researchers, and others whose job involves analyzing data for business decisions. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, although students with a lower GPA may be granted probationary admission. Standardized test scores are not required for this program. The curriculum includes three courses, for a total of nine credits, and students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to complete the certificate.
California State University-San Bernardino
Students earning an MBA from California State University San Bernardino can choose a focus on Business Intelligence and Information Technology. The MBA requires 60 credit units, including eight units in foundation courses, 28 units in core courses, 20 units in the focus area, and a culminating project and MBA portfolio. The focus area has four required courses and one elective. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for their last 90 quarter credits. Students with extensive work experience or high standardized test scores may be admitted with a 2.5 GPA. GRE or GMAT scores are required unless the applicant has a graduate degree with a 3.0 GPA, five years professional or managerial experience, or a 3.5 undergrad GPA.
University of California-Irvine
The University of California, Irvine has an online Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing offered through the Division of Continuing Education. The program is designed for data systems modelers, IT managers, business analysts, database administrators, data architects, and chief information officers whose job requires taking data from multiple databases or sources and combining them to generate reports and other information. Professionals who request this kind of data are also welcome in the program. The curriculum includes three classes, which must be taken in order. Members of the advisory committee for this program represent organizations such as Northrop Grumman, Pacific Life, Capital Group, Experian, and Numen Consulting.
University of Southern California
Students earning a Master of Science in Healthcare Decision Analysis from the University of Southern California can choose a concentration in business intelligence. This is a 33-credit program that students can complete in 12 to 15 months. The program is open to full-time and part-time students. On-site classes meet two weekends (all day Saturday and Sunday) per semester. Some courses have an online option or asynchronous lectures that require less travel to campus. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. GRE scores are required, although USC may grant exemptions to applicants who already have an advanced degree in science, economics, or business or who have at least 10 years professional experience in the health care industry.
American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University's Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (MSBIA) is offered in an entirely online format. Online classes run for eight weeks and incorporate weekly online discussion forums. Classes start monthly, allowing students to enter the program at any time. The MSBIA is a 36-credit program, and students are allowed to earn up to 18 of those credits through prior life experience credit and transfer of credit from another university. Required courses cover topics such as data analytics, business performance management, customer relationship management, data storage, and strategic management of technology and innovation. Students must complete a capstone research project to earn the degree. Applicants to the program must have earned a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 from an accredited college or university. American Sentinel has a career resource center that helps students and alumni prepare resumes, sharpen interview skills and search for jobs.
Aspen University offers a totally online Master of Science in Technology and Innovation - Business Intelligence and Data Management with no requirements for students to spend time on campus. Applicants should have a bachelor degree in a technical area such as computing, engineering or math. Students are required to take two proctored exams during the program, one at the mid-point, or after completing six courses, and the second after the student has completed 12 courses. Students may use a proctor or proctoring center near their home location. After the second exam, students must complete a capstone project where they apply the skills and knowledge they have gained to a project related to their work environment. There is a 10-week time limit for completing the capstone.
Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University's Global Campus offers an online Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence with no requirements to attend any face-to-face sessions. To earn the certificate, students must complete four graduate-level courses totaling 12 credits. In the program, students learn how to collect and analyze statistical information, spot trends, make projections, and use data to drive strategic plans. Students have the option of earning a stand-alone graduate certificate to increase their skill sets and earning potential, or of using the specialization to customize a master's degree. The business intelligence specialization is available with nine Global Campus master's programs, including those leading to a master's in management, criminal justice, finance, information technology management, and health care administration.
University of Colorado Denver
Students earning the online Master of Science in Information Systems through the University of Colorado Denver's School of Business can choose a concentration in Business Intelligence that is delivered entirely online. The curriculum requires candidates to complete 30 credits to earn the degree. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but admission is not limited to students with specific majors. Applicants must submit GMAT scores. While work experience is not a requirement, the admissions committee looks favorably upon relevant experience and a record of increasing responsibilities in a job. Students can enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semester. Students in the program may apply for the MS in Information Systems Scholarship.
University of Denver
The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Information and Analytics that is designed to provide maximum flexibility. To earn the certificate, students must complete 16 credits, selected from a list of approved courses. Classes generally meet in the evenings on a Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule. Students can complete the certificate in as few as six months. Students interested in the graduate certificate must apply as a graduate special status student, which requires a bachelor's degree, and they must provide transcripts. A student who completes a certificate and later enters a master's program at the Daniels College of Business may be able to apply the certificate credits toward the master's.
University of New Haven
The University of New Haven offers an MBA with a concentration in Business Intelligence. The concentration has four courses, two required and two selected from a short menu of approved courses. Overall, the curriculum requires students to complete six core courses, which can be waived based on a student's undergraduate studies, and six advanced courses, which cannot be waived, as well as the concentration classes. New Haven's graduate school uses a trimester calendar with three full-length terms plus a shorter summer session each year, and students can complete the MBA in 12 to 22 months of full-time study. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but the program is open to students with any undergrad major. GRE or GMAT scores are required.
Full Sail University
Full Sail University offers a completely online Master of Science in Business Intelligence that students can complete in one year by taking one course each month. The courses are laid out in an order that results in students receiving their capstone business case in Month 3. In the courses that follow, students will gain the knowledge necessary to develop a project plan, data warehouse, final report and presentation they will deliver in the capstone class at the end of their year of studies. Courses cover topics such as data management, business intelligence technology and analytics, data mining, process modeling, and data visualization. Applicants to the program must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA while earning an undergraduate degree in a field related to business intelligence. Students in the online-only degree program must also complete an orientation module and online readiness evaluation before beginning the course of study.
Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University's College of Engineering and Computing offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence/Analytics that students can complete online with no need to come to campus. Applicants to the program should have a bachelor's degree in an area such as management information systems, computer information systems, IT, business administration or a related field. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 and should have experience in computer applications. The curriculum includes five courses, with the final course being a capstone project that requires students to develop a business intelligence application that results in measurable benefits to an organization. Students can enter the program I the fall, spring, or summer term and complete the certificate in about 18 months.
University of Florida
Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management (Business Intelligence & Analytics specialization)
The Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida offers a Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management (MSISOM) program with three tracks: information technology, supply chain management, and business intelligence and analytics. Students with a business background are required to complete a minimum of 36 credits, while those with a non-business background have to complete at least 40 credits. All MSISOM students are encouraged to seek out internship opportunities in order to acquire career-related experiences that may not be available in a classroom setting. Internships are evaluated on a pass/fail basis only, except for students with a business background who may register their internship as an elective course for a maximum of two credits.
University of South Florida-Main Campus
The University of South Florida offers an Analytics and Business Intelligence Certificate for students interested in gaining new job skills. This is a 12-credit program that requires students to select four courses from a menu of approved offerings. Classes are held on the campus in Tampa. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. No specific undergraduate major is required, but students should have passed a course in statistics and a course in databases or have substantial work experience in databases. Students can typically earn the certificate in two years, although they are allowed up to five years. Some credits from the certificate may transfer to a master's program.
Students accepted to the Master of Science in Information Systems program offered at De Paul University are required to complete 52 graduate credit hours for the degree. A standard concentration option is available, which provides students with a grasp of general IS skills and competencies. This option also allows students to create an individualized plan of study. There are four other areas of concentration available: business intelligence, business and systems analysis, database administration, and IT enterprise management. Each concentration has specific introductory, foundation, and elective course requirements. Introductory courses may be waived for students with adequate coursework or relevant professional experience. Those who pass a Graduate Assessment Examination in the field covered by the introductory course may also be granted a waiver.
Northwestern University offers an online program leading to an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Analytics and Business Intelligence for IT Professionals. Applicants must have a graduate degree, although it does not have to be in IT. The program prefers that students have at least three to five years of professional experience in a related field. Additionally, applicants should have taken classes in calculus and linear algebra and have training or experience in relational databases. The curriculum includes four courses, and students who have already taken equivalent classes may be allowed to select another course in the field to replace that class. Credits earned in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree program. Students may enter the program any quarter.
University of Illinois at Springfield
The University of Illinois at Springfield has an online Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence that students may earn as a stand-alone credential or as part of their work toward a Master of Science in Management Information Systems or another master's program. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants to the MIS program must have two semesters of accounting classes, a semester of statistics, and the ability to program in a high-level language such as C++ or Java. To earn the certificate, students are required to complete three graduate level courses, which may have prerequisites of their own.
Valparaiso University offers a full-time global MBA program and a part-time professional MBA with evening classes where students earn a variety of certificates on their way to an MBA. Students in either program can earn a certificate in business intelligence as part of their studies. The Valpo MBA offers experiential learning such as internships and field projects. The full-time program uses a cohort model and starts in August. The part-time evening program has six start dates each year. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores, official transcripts, personal statement, resume, and two letters of recommendation. Students may be able to transfer up to six credits from an AACSB-accredited program.
Aarhus University in Denmark offers an MCS in Business Intelligence that uses English for instruction in all of the classes. This is a four-semester program that includes core courses in the first semester, specialization classes in the second semester, electives in the student's area of interest during the third semester, and a master's thesis in the final semester. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must have taken undergraduate courses in quantitative methods, managerial economics, operations management, marketing, finance and accounting, organizational leadership, and microeconomics. The university will assess applicants' undergraduate transcripts to determine if they need to take additional classes to meet the minimum requirements.
Ben-Gurion University of The Negev
M.Sc. in Information Systems Engineering with Specialization in Data Mining and Business Intelligence
The Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering degree offered at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is comprised of 36 credits and has a focus on data mining and business intelligence. There are eight courses (24 credits) that all students are required to take. The remaining 12 credits to complete the degree will come from electives and the final Master thesis. All interested students with a bachelor's degree from an accredited university are considered for admission. However, those without adequate preparation in the field of computer science, industrial engineering, information systems engineering, or software engineering may be required to take supplementary courses. Students have access to the Big Data Lab, which aids in undertaking large-scale tasks such as anomaly detection and high-dimensional clustering.
Brunel University - London
Brunel University in London offers a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Social Media that is aimed at individuals who want a technology-oriented master's degree with commercial relevance. The curriculum requires students to complete eight modules. All students are required to produce a dissertation. Students can also improve their employability through graduate school workshops in job-seeking skills such as CV writing and interviews. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.8 or higher in a field such as management or business studies. Students whose degree is not in a business-related field may be considered for admission if they have at least two years of professional work experience. Students can enter this one-year, full-time program in September or January.
Master's Degree Programme in Business Intelligence (Master of Science with a major in Microdata Analysis)
Delarna University in Sweden offers a master's degree program in business intelligence that leads to a Master of Science with a major in Microdata Analysis. This is a two-year, full-time program where all the courses are taught in English. Students can select from two tracks: business intelligence for analytics or business intelligence for managers. Students take three semesters of coursework and work on their master's thesis in the fourth semester. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree. Delarna does not specify any desired undergraduate majors, but all applicants must have passed at least three of these courses: calculus for advanced statistics, microeconomics, introductory object-oriented programming, data analysis and statistics, and database management.
De Montfort University
De Montfort University in Leister, England, has an online option for its program leading to a Business Intelligence Systems and Data Mining Master of Science. Full-time students can complete the program in three semesters, with the final semester dedicated to an individual capstone project. Part-time students can complete the degree in two to six years. Applicants should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree in a relevant subject, and the college will consider applicants from anywhere in the world. Individuals who have extensive industry experience but no formal academic training may apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program was developed in association with SAS, and instructors are SAS accredited.
Master's degree in International Business with a specialisation in Information Management and Business Intelligence
Maastricht University in The Netherlands has a program leading to a Master's in International Business with a specialization in Information Management and Business Intelligence. All classes for this one-year, full-time program are taught in English. Classes follow a problem-based learning format. The curriculum includes six core courses and a master's thesis. Students are encouraged to seek an internship, and they may be able to combine their internship with their thesis. The university bases admission decisions on a student's prior qualifications, including academic performance in undergrad work and professional experience. Applicants are required to submit GMAT or GRE scores, resume, letter of motivation, and transcripts. Students may start the program in September or February.
University of Greenwich
The University of Greenwich has a Master of Science in Big Data and Business Intelligence that is open to full-time and part-time students. Full-time students can earn their degree in one year, and part-time students finish in two years. The curriculum includes required courses and restricted electives. Students are also required to complete a project that could include research or creating hardware or software. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in computing, computer science, or a quantitative field. Substantial professional experience will be considered by the admissions committee. Applicants must have a background in programming languages and experience in developing software. Graduates of this program have met the academic requirements to register as a Chartered IT Professional.
University of Leicester
The University of Leicester has a one-year program leading to a Master of Science in Data Analysis for Business Intelligence. Presented by the departments of mathematics and informatics, the program gives students the option of taking professional certification tests covering practical components of the curriculum, such as SAS Base Programmer. The curriculum requires six core modules and two elective modules, with one of the electives being a programming course. Candidates are also required to complete a data analysis project, which is based on real data or a specific problem. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in math, physics, or a similar quantitative field with a B average. Students who majored in computer science may also apply. Students enter the program in September.
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University of Westminster
The University of Westminster's Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics is housed in the Business Information Systems division of the Faculty of Science and Technology. In addition to completing core and elective modules, all candidates must undertake an integrative project. Applicants should have the equivalent of a U.K. honors degree in a scientific or engineering field. Applicants should have some background in using information technology or computer science. Applicants with a different degree who have professional experience in data mining and similar technology may also apply. This one-year program starts in September and is offered at the Cavendish campus in central London. Students have the option of a full-time program or a part-time program with day and evening classes.
Baker College has an MBA in Business Intelligence that is offered through Baker Online. There is no on-campus requirement, and students can choose from four start dates each quarter. The program is designed for managers of departments other than information systems who want to learn about emerging information technologies and subjects such as data mining, analytical processing, and how information can be used to improve decision-making. The MBA program requires candidates to complete at least 53 quarter credit hours, with 33 credits in core business classes and 20 credits in the business intelligence major. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and a minimum of three years of full-time professional work experience. Submitting GRE or GMAT scores is optional.
Eastern Michigan University
Students in the MBA program at Eastern Michigan University can choose a specialization in Business Analytics. The MBA program requires 54 credits, although 18 credits are in foundation courses students may be able to waive if they have completed undergraduate equivalents. The curriculum includes 18 credits in core courses, six credits in restricted electives, and 12 credits in business analytics. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. There are no restrictions on acceptable undergraduate majors. Applicants are required to submit GMAT or GRE scores, a personal statement, resume, and official transcripts. Foundation courses cover accounting principles, probability and statistics, economic analysis, financial principles, marketing management, and organizational theory.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
St. Mary's University of Minnesota has a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics that students can complete entirely online, with no requirement to go to campus. The courses in this program are application based, and students learn R or Python, with the option to learn both. Students work with real-time data sets provided by partner companies and get professional feedback at three points during the program. The curriculum requires 36 credits, including a capstone project. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, but the program does not seek a specific undergraduate degree. Applicants must submit official transcripts, personal statement, resume, and two references. Students may start the program in any semester. Courses use an asynchronous format.
Grantham University offers a completely online Master of Science in Business Intelligence with multiple start times throughout the year. The program requires students to complete 37 credits, including 12 required courses and a one-credit Graduate Student Success class. Required courses cover topics such as balanced scorecards and performance dashboards, decision support and intelligent systems, management of information systems, and data warehousing. To earn the degree, students must complete a capstone project in business intelligence where they apply their knowledge to a real-world issue. Students are encouraged to select a work-related project that will benefit their company and help them to grow professionally. Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Grantham accepts transfer credits and may grant credit for other experiences, such as military experience and employer courses. The college offers an online jobs portal and online employer information sessions for students and alumni.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
The Missouri University of Science and Technology has an online program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence created for IT professionals, database administrators, and people whose role includes business analysis. The four-course program has two required classes and two restricted electives. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree, but the college does not require the degree to be in any specific discipline. All applicants must have at least one year of professional work experience since receiving their undergraduate degree. Students who complete all the coursework can apply the credits toward an MBA or Master of Science in Information Science and Technology at Missouri S&T and are eligible for GRE and GPA waivers for those programs.
The Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University has two graduate-level certificates that share a common data science core. After completing the three core classes, students take either a business intelligence or business analytics track, with either track requiring another three courses. Each class meets one evening a week for eight weeks, with students taking one course per eight-week term. Students can complete the certificate in about 15 months. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must have passed an introductory statistics course. They must be familiar with any programming language and coding environment, and must have a basic understanding of SQL. Students who decide to pursue an MBA at Rockhurst might be able to apply some credits from the certificate.
The Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University offers a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics that provides students with technical and business skills. The curriculum requires students to complete 30 credits, with 26 core credits and four credits in electives. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must have an understanding of math through at least pre-calculus, computer science or programming, and statistics. Once enrolled, students may have to take up to four prerequisite classes, including programming in R and Python. Applicants with less than three years of full-time professional work must submit GRE or GMAT scores. Courses are scheduled on weekday evenings, and students typically attend two classes per week.
University of Missouri-St Louis
Students who earn a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence from the University of Missouri - St. Louis select a concentration area: business intelligence infrastructure, digital strategies, predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, or advanced computation. The curriculum requires students to take four core courses plus two electives in their concentration area. One of the required courses for all students is a practicum that involves working on a real business intelligence project. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0, but there is no restriction on what undergraduate majors are accepted. Applicants must submit GMAT scores and two letters of recommendation. Students must complete all the work for the certificate within six years.
Students earning a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics from Creighton University's Heider College of Business can attend on campus or online. The curriculum requires 33 credits. On-campus students take 12 credits in core courses and 21 credits in electives. Online students take 11 courses in a set sequential order. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree but there are no restrictions on eligible undergrad majors. However, all accepted students must have completed an undergraduate statistics course and must be proficient in computer programming, whether they have taken a class or learned it on the job. GMAT scores are required. On-campus classes are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working students. Candidates can earn the degree in as little as two years.
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University offers an MBA in Business Intelligence that students can complete entirely online with no requirements for campus visits. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.75. GMAT or GRE scores are not required. Students who did not study business as an undergraduate may be required to take up to five foundation courses, including business math and statistics, economics, financial reporting and analysis, business law, and human behavior in organizations. Beyond foundation courses, the degree includes eight MBA core courses, three courses in the business intelligence area, and an integrative capstone project. Courses are delivered in 10-week sessions, and students can start the program at five entry points per year.
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology has a program leading to a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics that also has an optional concentration in Data Science. The curriculum includes 12 courses covering theory and application. For their capstone, students must complete a practicum under the direction of an industry mentor. Students also gain business and communication skills and attend intensive boot camps covering software packages such as SQL, R, and Python. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Prerequisites include a year of calculus and a basic course in probability. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores. The college prefers applicants with at least one year of work experience.
Keller Graduate School of Management
The Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University has an MBA with a Business Intelligence and Analytics Management concentration. The degree requires students to complete 48 credits, including 10 required core courses plus the concentration. The business intelligence and analytics management concentration has two required courses, and students select two more courses from a short list of approved electives. Courses are delivered in eight-week terms, and students can take classes on campus, online, or a combination of the two. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but the school does not require any specific undergraduate majors. Applicants must have adequate proficiency in math and verbal skills, which the university determines by GRE or GMAT scores.
Portland State University
The School of Business at Portland State University has a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence and Analytics that is designed for technical professionals. Courses for the 21-credit curriculum are taught by professors from the departments of engineering, system science, math, and business. The part-time program requires students to complete six courses. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. They must submit transcripts from all previous colleges attended and a professional resume. Prerequisites include calculus I and II, linear algebra, and a course in statistics or applied statistics. Students may start the program in the fall or winter quarter and can complete the program in as few as three quarters.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University offers the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) track of its Master of Science in Information Technology program in a part-time, online format. Students can complete the degree completely online, viewing campus lectures with on-demand streaming at a time of their choice. The program may include some live components, such as a web conference with a guest speaker. To earn the degree, students must complete 144 units of coursework, which is equivalent to 12 semester-long classes. Requirements include 60 units of core classes and 84 units in electives. Students may do independent study for up to 12 units of electives, and they may transfer credits worth 24 units from other graduate programs. Applicants to the BIDA program must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in a related field, an undergraduate-level object-oriented programming class, and the ability to synthesize complex concepts.
Carnegie Mellon University offers students a part-time online program leading to a Master of Science in Information Technology - Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. The program is designed for experienced IT professionals who want to increase their skills and continue to work while studying. Applicants should have at least three years of full-time professional experience in a relevant field. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school, and they must have completed at least one class in object-oriented programming. Once admitted, students must complete the required 144 units of course credit within five years. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer term, and there is no requirement to attend any meetings on campus.
Saint Joseph's University
St. Joseph's University offers an entirely online program leading to a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (MSBIA). Graduates of the program also receive a Business Intelligence Certificate from SAS Inc. The 30-credit program includes classes in database management, enterprise data, business process modeling and analysis, data mining, and predictive analytics. In the capstone course, students write a thesis document that demonstrates and enhances their ability to communicate their analysis and recommendations to decision-makers. Courses for the online MSBIA program are delivered in six eight-week sessions during the year, and students may enter the program in January, May, or September. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college where they maintained a GPA of at least 2.5. St. Joseph's MSBIA is home to the International Journal of Business Intelligence Research, a peer-reviewed publication that focuses on the latest findings in the field.
Middle Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State University offers a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree with four concentration areas: business intelligence and analytics, information security and assurance, IS general, and IT project management. Applicants with relevant academic and/or professional history can enroll in just 10 courses to complete the program. Applicants without this background may be required to take additional courses. Most courses follow a hybrid delivery system that is comprised equally of classroom instruction and online study. The submission of GRE or GMAT (preferred) scores is a requirement for admission. However, applicants with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an AACSB-accredited school of business are exempt from this requirement. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to qualified MSIS students.
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence and Data Mining that students can complete online. Offered jointly by the Naveen Jindal School of Management and SAS Institute, the program incorporates the latest technology from SAS. The curriculum requires students to complete four graduate-level courses, and students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer term. The program is open both to students who are currently enrolled in UT Dallas and to non-degree-seeking students. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but they are not required to submit any test scores. International students are not allowed to enroll as non-degree-seeking students.
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
The University of Washington Department of Professional and Continuing Education has a program leading to a Certificate in Business Intelligence: Building the Data Warehouse. The program is designed for database developers and administrators and requires students to take three courses. Students take one course per quarter and complete the program in about eight months. Classes are offered in the evenings in Bellevue and online. Applicants must have at least two years of college and two years of experience working for a medium to large organization or the public sector. Applicants must understand database applications and relational databases and must take an SQL self-test before entering their application.