Time to completion:2 Years
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 four career-enriching tracks: General Track, Data Analysis, Cyber Analytics, 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 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.
The Business Intelligence & Analytics graduate program offers a unique and rigorous approach to business education. Four tracks are offered: General Track, Data Analysis, Cyber Analytics, and Programming Languages.
Cyber Analytics: focused on the application of analytics to data in order to draw conclusions and detect patterns, this track prepares students to tell the story behind cyber data. Cyber analytics can be viewed as situated at the intersection of Big Data, Cyber Security, and Decision Management. Our program provides students with an exposure to Analytics of Cyber-Physical Systems, which are ubiquitous in business/industry contexts.
Data Analysis: designed to prepare students to apply data analytics techniques to large data sets to support data-driven decisions across application domains. The courses are designed for learners with a quantitative background who want to advance their skills. You’ll learn statistical and scientific methods for data analysis that prepare you to make sound, evidence-based decisions that drive business performance in any function.
Programming Languages: Within business intelligence, an understanding of at least one programming language makes an impressive addition to any resume. In this track, you will learn about closed source and open source programming languages which are critical to success in the field of business intelligence and analytics.
General / Traditional: prepares professionals to drive organizational performance in all function areas (analytics, database support, programming, decision making, data visualization, etc.) This track gives students well rounded skills that allow them to become leaders within their teams, departments and organizations.
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.
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