Master of Science in Business Analytics
Welcome to the Master of Science Program in Business Analytics!
This new and exciting program is designed for professionals who understand the value to be unlocked from an organization's data. We welcome students who have an interest in quantitative methods, exploring and uncovering relationships through data analysis, using data to solve business problems, and who wish to enter or advance in a career in business analytics.
The Master of Science program in Business Analytics at Benedictine University leverages our decades-long expertise in accountancy, business administration, management and organizational behavior, and management information systems.
Our program offers an innovative course of professional graduate study that integrates the body of knowledge in business analytics with a choice of several concentrations. These concentrations and additional available electives are not only applicable to a student's profession, but are also key in broadening a student's perspective.
Students gain an appreciation of the complexity of challenges associated with the management of information technology through group interaction, comprehensive projects, case analysis, research and active participation in the sharing of individual experience. It is through this variety of teaching methods that students are prepared to be leaders in the 21st century.
We welcome you warmly and wish you academic and professional success!
Barbara T. Grabowski Ozog, Ph.D.
The Master of Science Program in Business Analytics (M.S. in Business Analytics) at Benedictine University is a new and exciting program. The Business Analytics Program leverages our decades-long expertise. The M.B.A., M.S. in ManagementInformation Systems, M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior, and M.S.in Accountancy programs have been preparing professionals for rapid advances intechnology, intense global competition, and more complex business environmentsfor as long as fifty years.
The graduate program in business analytics focuses on the skills, technologies,applications, and practices for iterative exploration and investigation of pastbusiness performance to gain insight and drive business planning. It makes extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive modeling, and fact-based management to drive decision-making.Data-driven companies treat their data as a corporate asset and leverage it for competitive advantage.
Examples of business analytics uses include:
· Exploringdata to find new patterns and relationships
· Explaining why a certain result occurred
· Simulate business decisions to facilitate business planning and execution
· Forecasting future results
The graduate program in business analytics is appropriate for students infunctional business units as well as information technology because it leverages information technology and business thinking to turn data into actionable intelligence. The program is designed for students who have an interest in quantitative methods, exploring and uncovering relationships through data analysis, using data to solve business problems, and want to enter or advance in a career in business analytics.
Benedictine offers an innovative course of professional graduate study that integrates thebody of knowledge in business analytics with the student's choice of aconcentration, such as Business Administration, Forensic Accounting, Health Care, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Professional Internship.These concentrations and additional available electives are not only applicableto a student's profession, but are also key in broadening a student's perspective.
The program's unique philosophy, integrative teaching methods, and commitment toindividual development are the basis for the professional achievements of its graduates. This approach gives students the unique opportunity to interact with the larger group of graduate students in all of Benedictine's accountancy,business administration, marketing, management information systems, and publichealth programs. The exposure to other students with different talents,experiences and job responsibilities is a key element in each student'sdevelopment of business analytics skills.
The educational approach of the program emphasizes practical application of technical tools and management theories to a variety of hypothetical and real-life data problems. Students gain an appreciation of the complexity of challenges associated with business analytics through group interaction,comprehensive projects, case analysis, research, and active participation inthe sharing of individual experiences. It is through this variety of teaching methods that students are prepared to be leaders in the 21st century.
LearningGoals for the M.S. in Business Analytics Program
Students will be expected to
- Describe data bases, data mining, data warehousing, business intelligence, dashboards, and data visualization
- Construct appropriate business questions
- Construct database queries
- Identify and implement appropriate analyses
- Make informed decisions based on relevant data
- Communicate findings
- Lead project teams
The academic calendar is organized around four 10-week academic quarters. The Benedictine M.S. in Business Analytics program offers a rolling admission so students may be admitted into any of these quarters. It is possible to follow either a part-time or full-time program.
ADMISSION APPLICATION AND PROCEDURES:
An application to the Benedictine M.S. in Business Analytics Program requires the following items have been received:
1. A completed application form.
2. A non-refundable application fee.
3. Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended. The student should request that all transcripts, including any from Benedictine University, be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office at Benedictine University.
4. Two letters of reference from persons who know the applicant from a professional or academic perspective.
5. A one-page statement of educational and career goals.
6. Resume which includes chronological work history.
7. Interview with the M.S. in Business Analytics Program Director, at the director's discretion.
8. Test scores (i.e., TOEFEL).
Applicants having a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better may be waived from the GMAT requirement. Applicants wishing to apply for a GMAT waiver, but who do not have a GPA of 3.2 or better, may be considered pending successful completion of a specified quantitative and qualitative course.
The M.S.in Business Analytics Program requires 64 quarter-hour credits, integrating 36 quarter-hour credits of core courses, 12 quarter-hour credits of elective courses, as well as 16 quarter-hour credits of courses in one of several concentrations: Business Administration, Forensic Accounting, Health Care,Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Professional Internship Program.
The corebody of knowledge includes analytical tools for management decisions, business analytics, and analytics for big data. The core also includes database management systems, data mining and business intelligence, data visualization,and data warehousing. Finally, project management and a capstone project courseare required.
The student has a choice of a wide range of elective courses. These topics include forensic accounting, fraud examination, fraud and the legal environment,computer fraud, and information systems auditing. Other electives include business and economic forecasting, operations management, supply chain management, and strategic managerial communications. Electronic commerce and decision support and knowledge-based systems courses are available, as are courses in organizational behavior and team building. Independent study and internship opportunities are also available.
Our courses are scheduled so that a student may complete the program in two yearsas a full-time student (eight credit hours per quarter) or a bit longer as apart-time student.
4+1 M.S.in Business Analytics Program
Well-qualified Benedictine University students who complete an undergraduate degree in business analytics, business and economics, or computer information systems areeligible to complete the business analytics degree with one additional year(four additional quarters) of full-time graduate study (12 credit hours perquarter). Students in other majors are encouraged to discuss curricular optionswith the Program Director. The full-time 4+1 Program is developed specifically for recent college graduates. Admission to the Program is not automatic and an application must be completed during the student's senior year of undergraduatecoursework. Business analytics classes are conducted evenings and weekends tomeet the needs of students.
Professional Internship Program
Our full-time internship program is developed specifically for recent college graduates and offers a professional internship experience as the program concentration. Students complete 64 credits in business analytics courses,including twelve credits in internship courses. The internship experience is supervised by a faculty advisor to prepare students without significant professional career experience for their future roles and responsibilities inthe workplace. Classes are conducted evenings and weekends to allow for thedemands of day-time internships.
This concentration provides exposure to the major business functions of accounting and finance along with operations management and supply chain management. It ismost appropriate for those students who have or expect to have significantinteraction with these areas of an organization. It is also appropriate forthose students who are considering an M.B.A. degree as a dual degree.
The concentration in forensic accounting is intended for students with a background in accounting and who are interested in adding to the background necessary toprepare for the CPA exam or CFE exam. It is also appropriate for those students who are considering an M.S.A. degree as a dual degree.
This concentration lays a foundation for business analytics in health care. It is important for business analytics and healthcare professionals to effectively manage and apply appropriate tools to solve problems specific to health care. This concentration is also appropriate forstudents considering an M.P.H. degree as a dual degree.
Information Systems Security
Business and consumers increasingly rely on Internet and Web services. Needs exist forsystem security professionals who can help design, configure, implement,manage, support and secure computer systems. Students with a background inaccounting may take advanced courses in forensic accounting and auditingoffered by the M.B.A. and M.S.A. Programs. This concentration is designed to explore the challenges and possible solutions to information systems security.
The current competitive environment in business, health care, and other settings relies on information resources to manage day-to-day operations as well as toplan long-term strategies. For many organizations, substantive competitive advantage is directly associated with the creative application of information technology.
This concentration is for students interested in abroad range of skills in marketing or more focused skills in data analysis fordirect mail, advertising and strategic marketing communications. Roles in marketing management, planning and agency marketing are enhanced with this concentration.
Our full-time internship program is developed specifically for recent college graduates and offers a professional internship experience as the business analytics concentration. Students complete 64 credits in business analytics courses including twelve credits in internship courses. The goal of theinternship experience is to prepare students without significant professional career experience for their future roles and responsibilities in the workplace.
Further information about concentrations may be found in the Graduate Catalog
Ron Baiman, Ph.D.
Sharon Borowicz, Ph.D., E.A.John Draut, M.B.A.
Ricky Holman, J.D.
Barbara Ozog, Ph.D.
Apostolos "Toli" Xanthopoulos, Ph.D.
Tom Yu, Ph.D.
† Marvin Camburn, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
† Kevin Doyle, Ph.D., P.M.P.
Courtney Hatcher, B.A., Program Manager
Susan Stackley, M.S., Associate Director
Lecturers and Senior Lecturers
Jim Zoda, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer
For inquiries about the admissions process, please contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.