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Add Data-Based Decision-Making to Your Skill Set

If you have a sharp, analytical mind that devours statistics and loves logical thinking, a graduate specialization in business intelligence might be for you. Enhance your resume and existing business skills with a series of courses that will allow you to learn how to evaluate and analyze organizational needs; provide solutions based on real-world information and data analysis; collect and analyze information to spot trends and make projections; and drive strategic plans to guide future organizational success.

With the ability to collect solid data and interpret it accurately, potential business intelligence job titles might include: analyst, data warehouse developer, business consultant, or statistical engineer.



This graduate specialization consists of four, upper-division, online, business intelligence courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • MIS540 Introduction to Business Intelligence
    This course provides students with an overview of Business Intelligence (BI) for an enterprise, establishing the foundation for using data in cross-functional key areas, such as accounting, sales, production, customer data, and other elements, to assist with generating actionable intelligence data for decision making in order to achieve or maintain competitive advantage in the workplace and evaluate how well corporate key performance indicators are being met.
  • MIS510 Data Mining and Visualization
    This course will provide the basic framework for conducting various data and text mining methodologies, including logistic regression analyses, classical discriminant analyses, association rule, decision tree, support vector machine, neural networks, variable reduction, cluster analysis, text analytics, and web mining. In addition, this course teaches the essential and practical skills in visualization, including computer graphics, visual data representation, physical and human vision models, numerical representation of knowledge and concepts, pattern analysis, and computational methods. Recommended Prior Course: MIS500
  • MIS542 Business Analytics
    This course provides an overview of the tools and techniques for analyzing business data in order to develop comprehensive and functional solutions. Topics include forecasting, simulation, and data modeling for complex problem analysis in medium to large organizations.
  • MIS543 Enterprise Performance Management
    This course provides an in-depth understanding of how business intelligence aligns with the realization of organizational strategy. Topics include key performance indicators, organizational goals, and the role of effective management in meeting enterprise objectives.


A specialization in Business Intelligence online pairs well with the following:

Students interested in this specialization should have experience or recent coursework in programming and statistics.

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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