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Program Benefits

  • An Application-Based Program
  • Three certificate offerings to tailor your studies
  • Python and R Programming Languages Offered

Saint Mary's Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Degree

Pursuing Saint Mary's online Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (MS BIDA) is a big step in your career. Before you begin, it's important that we understand where you're coming from to help you get where you want to go. Beyond just GPA or letters of recommendation, we're interested in learning about your past experiences, and your aspirations, to ensure the online MS BIDA program is a great fit.

Take a look at the requirements below and let us know if you need more information.


Saint Mary's online master's in business intelligence and data analytics degree requires the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • The language proficiency to succeed in graduate-level classes

If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the MBA program director.


No prerequisite coursework is required for the online MS BIDA program.


GMAT and GRE scores not required. 


You can transfer a maximum of six credits you've earned before admittance to Saint Mary's.

Transfer credits are subject to graduate school and program criteria, as well as the recommendation of the program director and approval by the dean.

Also note that work experience is not accepted as credit for this program.


Students with transcripts from universities located outside of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) are required to take and pass English proficiency testing.

Saint Mary's accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0, the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74 percent, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 51, or the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTSWhether you apply through our online application, via hard copy, or in person with a Saint Mary's admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

  • $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  • A written statement: Describe your personal background, training, career goals, and experience. Tell us why you're seeking admission to the MS BIDA program, what your personal and professional strengths are, and any other personal information you wish to share.
  • Two references: Please provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you in a professional capacity, such as current or former supervisors.
  • An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.
  • Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant's completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions.

    Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:
    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751


Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary's online MS BIDA program:

  • August 6, 2021
  • December 10, 2021
  • April 8, 2022
  • August 5, 2022

Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary's online MS BIDA program:

  • August 30, 2021
  • January 3, 2022
  • May 2, 2022
  • August 29, 2022
NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCEOnce you've submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

If you have further questions, request more information or contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954. Saint Mary's is here to support you every step of the way.