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. 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 Management Information Systems, M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior, and M.S.in Accountancy programs have been preparing professionals for rapid advances in technology, intense global competition, and more complex business environments for 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 past business 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:
· Exploring data 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 in functional 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 the body 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 to individual 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 public health programs. The exposure to other students with different talents,experiences and job responsibilities is a key element in each student's development 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 in the sharing of individual experiences. It is through this variety of teaching methods that students are prepared to be leaders in the 21st century.
Learning Goals for the M.S. in Business Analytics Program
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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 core body 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 course are 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 years as 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 are eligible to complete the business analytics degree with one additional year(four additional quarters) of full-time graduate study (12 credit hours per quarter). Students in other majors are encouraged to discuss curricular options with 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 undergraduate coursework. Business analytics classes are conducted evenings and weekends to meet 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 in the workplace. Classes are conducted evenings and weekends to allow for the demands 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 is most appropriate for those students who have or expect to have significant interaction with these areas of an organization. It is also appropriate for those 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 to prepare 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 for students 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 for system security professionals who can help design, configure, implement,manage, support and secure computer systems. Students with a background in accounting may take advanced courses in forensic accounting and auditing offered 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.
Management Information Systems:
The current competitive environment in business, health care, and other settings relies on information resources to manage day-to-day operations as well as to plan 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 for direct mail, advertising and strategic marketing communications. Roles in marketing management, planning and agency marketing are enhanced with this concentration.
Professional Internship Program
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 the internship 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.
Benedictine University offers several dual M.S. in Business Analytics degrees with other graduate degree programs: M.S. in Business Analytics/M.S. in Accountancy; M.S.in Business Analytics/Master of Business Administration; and M.S. in Business Analytics/M.S. in Management Information Systems. Dual degree programs consist of 96 quarter credit hours for completion. Application and admission is required to each graduate program, and students must complete all requirements for the selected dual degree.
M.S. in Business Analytics/Master of Business Administration
The M.S.in Business Analytics/ Master of Business Administration dual degree combines the comprehensive business core of the M.B.A. with the in-depth technical expertise in business analytics. The M.S.in Business Analytics/M.B.A. program requires 96 credits.
M.S. in Business Analytics/M.S. in Accountancy
The M.S.in Business Analytics/M.S.in Accountancy dual degree combines an in-depth understanding of U.S. accounting practices and concepts of the M.S.A. Program with in-depth technical expertise in business analytics. The dual degree program requires 96 credits.
M.S. in Business Analytics/M.S. in Management Information Systems
The M.S in Business Analytics/M.S. in Management Information Systems dual degree combines the technical expertise of both business analytics and information technology. . The M.S. in Business Analytics/M.S. in Management Information Systems program requires 96credits.
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