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Business Intelligence and Analytics Degree (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration)

As businesses use more technology, they need employees who understand information management. Creighton’s program combines a fundamental understanding of computer processing with the design and management of information systems. When you graduate with a business intelligence and analytics degree, you’ll be prepared for a career in all areas of information management 

Creighton’s business intelligence and analytics graduates are generally employed in career tracks leading toward positions in systems analysis and design, programming, database administration, web strategy, network administration and consulting. The average starting salary for Creighton’s 2020 graduates with a business intelligence and analytics degree was $60,000.

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Key Features of Our Business Intelligence Program

Program Goals 

The Bachelor of Science in business intelligence and analytics will help you learn the fundamental concepts of business information processing systems. 

As part of the business intelligence and analytics program, you’ll learn: 

  • Best practices for driving business decisions with data and analysis
  • How to analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure and employment reports
  • To develop solutions or alternative practices
  • How to recommend new systems, procedures or organizational changes
  • To apply business ethics and leadership skills

Curriculum

Along with Creighton’s core requirements, there are 21 credits required for each of the three tracks in the business intelligence and analytics curriculum:

Applied Information Technology Minor

The applied information technology minor provides you with an understanding of IT concepts, their application and value creation through the use of technology and information systems. You’ll learn about data management, analysis and design of system, data communication concepts and other related IT topics. This minor is only available to students who are not in the Heider College of Business.

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Career Opportunities with a Business Intelligence and Analytics Degree

A BIA degree opens opportunities to a wide variety of in-demand careers. Options include: 

  • Business intelligence analyst: Analyzing and interpreting complex data and providing insights that help in decision making. 
  • Data analyst: Collecting and analyzing data to help organizations make informed decisions. 
  • Business analyst: Evaluating business processes and requirements and using data to improve efficiency and effectiveness. 
  • Database administrator: Managing databases, ensuring data integrity and security. 
  • Data visualization specialist: Designing visual representations of data to help make them easy to understand and interpret. 
  • Business operations analyst: Analyzing and optimizing internal processes and workflows.  
  • Supply chain analyst: Analyzing supply chain processes to improve efficiency. 
  • Consultant: Advising businesses on how to use data when making decisions. 
  • Quality assurance analyst: Ensuring data quality by implementing processes for validation. 
  • Information systems manager: Overseeing the implementation and maintenance of information systems within an organization. 

Creighton grads go places. In fact, 100% of recent Heider College of Business undergraduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school or a volunteer program within 6 months of graduation

Frequently Asked Questions About the BIA Degree

There’s some overlap in the use of these terms, but generally, business intelligence refers to using data to make decisions about present-day operations. Business analytics are typically used in making future-facing business decisions.

Creighton’s Heider College of Business is focused on preparing students for success now and 40 years from now. We’ll help you build the skills you need to succeed.  

We designed our Career Portfolio Program around your success as both a student and a professional. Our integrated philosophy of incorporating a balanced, hands-on learning experience with emphasis on ethics and service to others means that as a Creighton graduate, you will have the freedom, conscience, commitment and opportunity to do the right thing extremely well. 

Additionally, Creighton faculty and staff have real-world business experience, and they also have real-world connections in the Omaha business community and beyond. That means you’ll have a foot in the door for internships and career opportunities.  

Heider focuses on hands-on experience, offering practicums, travel courses, competitions and more. On top of that, the Creighton community is like no other. Bluejays thrive with the support of their peers and faculty who are more like mentors. More than half of Heider students complete two or more internships. Previous business intelligence students have obtained internships at: 

  • Amazon 
  • Cerner Corporation 
  • General Electric 
  • Boeing 
  • Lockheed Martin 
  • Honeywell 

Creighton’s Heider College of Business offers challenges to grow and the support to succeed. The Success Center provides tutoring, academic success coaching, mentoring, career-related skill development, accessibility accommodations, pre-professional advising and more. We understand the challenges that come with college and rigorous academics, and we’re here to help.  

The Heider Mindset Curriculum

Employers today need agile, adaptive professionals who understand that business can be done ethically and for the good of others. Creighton is paving the way in preparing students with those skills by implementing the Mindset Curriculum. Our courses help students work toward the skills that businesses are looking for, positioning them for success in the job market and beyond. It's part of how we teach students to do well while doing good. The six mindset are: Action, Analytical, Collaborative, Cross-Cultural, Reflective and Service.

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Dominic Jasso at Creighton basketball arena.

What Alumni Are Saying

“Through a Creighton education, you learn to think sharply, make ethical decisions and see the bigger picture.”

—Dominic Jasso, BSBA'19

Alpha Kappa Psi: Business

  • Become a part of the oldest and largest business fraternity, a group that develops well-trained, ethical, skilled, resourceful, experienced business leaders.

Heider Business Senate

  • A liaison between the student body and the administration of the Heider College of Business, the Senate promotes the mission and values of the college through various projects.

Beta Gamma Sigma: Business

  • Encouraging and rewarding scholarship and accomplishment among students of commerce and business administration, Beta Gamma Sigma promotes the advancement of education in the art and science of business and fosters integrity in the conduct of business activities.

Business Intelligence and Analytics Association

  • A student club that helps students increase their business/data analytics skills and understanding of the field. The club also facilitates networking with former alumni and key players within the industry.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

Maci Yelaska
“The BIA curriculum has courses available for every student’s interests: coding, data visualization, marketing research, etc. Outside of the classroom, students can take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities like the BlueBox Practicum, BIA Association and more!”
— Maci Yelaska, Business Intelligence and Analytics and Marketing Major
Jack Mumm
“Creighton had countless opportunities for me to develop and grow in ways I could have never envisioned. Creighton showed care for me as a person; I wasn’t just another statistic.”
— Jack Mumm, Business Intelligence and Analytics and Finance Major
Dustin Ormond
“BIA graduates have limitless possibilities because aspects of BIA are found across all industries. A student who combines BIA skills with the right amount of perseverance, hard work and resilience can convert their dreams from thought to reality.”
— Dustin Ormond, PhD, Associate Professor of Business Intelligence and Analytics

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