Business Intelligence and Analytics (Master of Science)

Use data to drive your business decisions.

Data drives the way successful businesses operate. Housed within the Heider College of Business, Creighton University’s Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics program centers around three central ideas: Managing data from a variety of sources, using analytical tools to gain insights from that data, and effectively communicating results to decision makers within your organization.

Prepare for a future focused on analytics.

There’s no time like the present to pursue a master’s degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics. Demand for business professionals with a background in analytics is booming.

Out of more than 535,000 finance and insurance related job postings listed in January 2017, 77% of them were considered to be positions that required a focus on analytics, according to research conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). In addition, a study done by the Business-Higher Education Forum found that 69% of employers will prefer job candidates with analytical skills by 2021.

Employers are searching for financial analysts, planners, and advisers who can pull together and manage the proper data, pinpoint key takeaways from that information, and make important business decisions based on their findings to move their companies forward.

Designed to fit your busy schedule.

Creighton University’s Business Intelligence and Analytics master’s program is designed with your schedule in mind. Classes are held on-campus in the evenings at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. This program can help you upgrade your skillset and prepare for new opportunities in a data-driven role in as little as two years.

Curriculum

To earn a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics at Creighton University, you must complete 33 credits:

  • 12 credits of core courses
    • Survey of Business Intelligence and Analytics
    • Data Visual Analysis and Visualization
    • Database Management Systems
    • Business, Ethics, and Society
  • 21 credits of elective courses
    • Students should choose elective courses based on their area of interest.
    • At least 15 credits should be other 700-level BIA courses.
    • Students who have not completed BIA 253, an undergraduate BIA survey course, must take BIA 731 as an elective
    • The remaining six credits should be chosen from a selection of other accounting, economy, finance, or investment management courses. See the course catalog for more details.
       

​Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree, regardless of field, with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must include proficiency in computer programming and at least one undergraduate statistics course that covered correlation and regression. You may complete a noncredit statistics tutorial and/or a one-credit computer programming course to fulfill these requirements
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • GMAT score may be required (see policy below)

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants

 

GMAT Policy

You are not required to provide a GMAT score to apply if you have work experience, a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and a bachelor’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution.

If your cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, or if you have not received a bachelor’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution, you will be required to provide a GMAT score.

Regardless of applicant’s cumulative GPA, the admissions committee reserves the right to require an applicant to submit a GMAT score if there are concerns regarding the student’s achievement across all math, statistics, economics and finance courses previously completed.

Tuition & Scholarships

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance:

Monthly Electronic Transfer (MET) Payment Plan
The Creighton Business Office offers a flexible monthly payment plan that enables you to make payments on your tuition and fees one chunk at a time. Learn more.

Learn more
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact: gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu or call 402.280.2731

certificate and dual degree options

Certificate

Certificate in Business Analytics (15 credits)

  • Work on projects that involve real-world data sets, develop basic data-driven models, and obtain a basic understanding of analytics by earning the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.
  • Credits earned for a graduate certificate can be applied toward a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics degree.
  • Available on-campus

A full listing of courses offered for the Certificate in Business Analytics can be found in the course catalog.

Dual Degree

Master of Business Administration (MBA) + MS Business Intelligence and Analytics

  • Combine the business focus of the MBA program with the data and technology aspects of the BIA program. Earn two master’s degrees in a short amount of time.
  • Available in on-campus, online, or hybrid formats

A full listing of courses offered for the MBA/MS-BIA dual degree option can be found in the course catalog.

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