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Program Benefits

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

No longer are business intelligence and data analytics reserved for just math-minded programmers. Now, managers across industries and departments need to inform their decision-making with big data and propose solutions powered by sound business intelligence.

Prepare yourself with a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (M.S. BIDA). Our curriculum draws on industry trends, insights from experienced faculty, and advancements in technology to impress your employers and enhance your career.

Six Key Takeaways of the M.S. BIDA

We’ve employed six disciplines to help shape the M.S. BIDA curriculum and ensure you gain the comprehensive skills and knowledge you need to succeed in business intelligence and data analytics. The M.S. BIDA’s six key takeaways:

  1. Business Acumen
  2. Computer Science
  3. Statistics and Mathematics
  4. Data Command
  5. Ethics
  6. Communication

Set yourself apart with these targeted skills and become an invaluable asset to your organization. Learn more about the takeaways of the M.S. BIDA.

Your M.S. BIDA Classes Empower You to:

  • Analyze the economic and marketing impact on business operations and objectives
  • Work with imperfect data to find the perfect solution
  • Categorize consumer behavior and assess its influence over buying decisions
  • Adapt technology and software solutions to build business intelligence capabilities
  • Improve data collection capabilities
  • Assess the cause of conflict in organization settings
  • Apply ethical strategies to manage conflicts in diverse environments
  • Articulate assumptions, analyses, and interpretations of data in an oral format

Core Courses: 12 credits (choose either BIA 661 OR BIA 662)

Required MBA Courses: 6 credits


Required Certificate (choose one)

Business Analytics Certificate: 12 credits

Healthcare Analytics Certificate: 12 credits

Artificial Intelligence Certificate: 12 credits

Required Capstone Course: 3 credits

Graduate Certificates

Credits from the following Saint Mary's graduate certificates can also be applied toward the M.S. BIDA degree program. Click the program name below to learn more.

Request a free brochure or call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor today about pursuing an online Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics from Saint Mary’s.

Current Degree Requirements

For current degree requirements, visit the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Course Catalog.




*Students who elect to enroll in the MS BIDA with the Data Analytics certificate can earn their degree in a year. Other certificate additions may increase program time to completion.