Saint Joseph's University

Online Master of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics

Time to completion:

2 Years
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The online Master of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics (MSBIA) at Saint Joseph’s University – one of the first Business Intelligence & Analytics master’s degree offered entirely online – is designed and delivered by those at the center of the Business Intelligence and Analytics industry. You can choose from one of three career-enriching tracks: General Track, Data Analysis, or Programming Languages.

The terms “business intelligence” and “business analytics” are sometimes used interchangeably despite having different definitions. Thomas Davenport1, professor of information technology and management at Babson College, argues that business intelligence should be divided into querying, reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), an “alerts” tool, and business analytics. In other words, business analytics is a subset of business intelligence that focuses on statistics, prediction, and optimization, rather than the reporting functionality.


Global revenue in the business intelligence and analytics market was forecast to reach $16.9 billion in 2016, an increase of 5.2 percent from 2015,2 according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc.


It is estimated that by 2018, there will be a shortage of 1.5 million analysts and managers for available positions.3

The master’s in business intelligence program is taught within the AACSB-accreditation Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The MSBIA program houses the International Journal of Business Intelligence Research, a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to exchanging the latest research and practical findings on all aspects of managing business intelligence and analytics in organizations. This allows students to work closely with faculty and staff at the center of the BI industry.

Graduates of the business intelligence and analytics graduate program at Saint Joseph’s University also receive a Business Intelligence Certificate from SAS, Inc., a credential that further distinguishes students and differentiates them from their colleagues.

The Curriculum

The curriculum of the online business intelligence and analytics master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University covers data mining, data warehousing, solutions to big data, market intelligence, decision support, online analytical processing and data-driven communication to help graduates master front-to-back Business Intelligence and Analytics skills, something few other schools can offer. Three tracks are offered: General Track, Data Analysis, and Programming Languages.

The Saint Joseph’s University Difference

  • One of the first business analytics master's degree offered entirely online
  • Designed and delivered by those at the center of the business intelligence and analytics industry
  • Taught within the AASCB-accredited Erivan K. Haub School of Business
  • Students receive a Business Intelligence certificate that is endorsed by SAS, Inc.

I’ve been able to talk intelligently with programmers about client expectations, as well as to the client about the needs of the programmers to set realistic timelines.

Deb Lafferty

At Saint Joseph’s University, passion for the Business Intelligence and Analytics field is evident in all aspects of the program. The faculty doesn't just teach Business Intelligence and Analytics, they are part of the foundation of the Business Intelligence and Analytics industry itself. Graduates will not only hold one of the most respected and recognized Business Intelligence & Analytics degrees in the field, together with a BI Certificate endorsed by the SAS Institute, they will leave SJU with an insider’s perspective on Business Intelligence and Analytics and the many ways it can enhance their own careers and their company’s bottom line.

Take a moment to gain more insight on this growing field by visiting Saint Joseph’s University’s content resource center where you will find articles, blogs, and interactive curriculum experiences specific to Business Intelligence and Analytics.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.


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