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More Than a Century of Combined Experience in the Field

The faculty in the online M.S. in Business Intelligence and Digital Analytics program bring more than 125 years of combined academic and professional experience to their work with Saint Mary's University. Benefit from their real-world experience as you learn a set of new skills.

Our professors are versed in platforms such as Python, Tableau, and Alteryx, and possess expertise in:

  • Data science and governance
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Business intelligence
  • Big data research and warehousing
  • Data-driven decision-making
  • Supply chain improvement
  • Negotiation
  • Management and leadership

They've taught across the world and held pivotal positions at companies as varied as the Mayo Clinic, American Express, U.S. Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Target, Staples, Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group), Harvard University, Fastenal, Cleartelligence, and more.

During this year-long program, you'll work side-by-side with these skilled professionals and develop your expertise in business intelligence and big data analysis, combined with leadership and managerial skills. Adapt to the realities of big data with the support of incredible instructors.

“My love for helping others drove my decision to enroll in this program. I chose Saint Mary's because of their academic reputation, patience, and flexibility when it comes to their students.”

– Nana Adjarko, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, M.S. ‘21

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  • Program Director, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

    Michael Ratajczyk leads Saint Mary's Business Intelligence and Data Analysis program with extensive experience in analytical and business leadership positions.

  • Adjunct Professor

    Oluwafunminiyi Awe works as a data scientist for one of the nation's largest consumer banks, where he uses business intelligence tools to drive decision-making.

  • Assistant Professor

    For more than 25 years, Monica Bess has held leadership roles in the insurance industry. Since 2005, she's taught business, leadership, and education online.

  • Associate Professor and Program Director, M.S. in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics

    John Ebert has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years. He has a science and technology background in hydrogeology and resource analysis.

  • Assistant Professor, SGPP

    Scott Gifford is a Senior Business Analyst in the Education Project Management Office for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

  • Faculty

    Justin Grosz's professional experience spans advanced analytics and predictive modeling for a diverse set of industry-leading businesses.

  • Adjunct Professor

    Timothy Kyle is an adjunct professor with extensive experience in technology support, application development, analytics, and data warehouse support.

  • Faculty

    Dr. Mary Lind is a professor and researcher focused on big data, analytics, innovation, virtual teams, and business technology.

  • Adjunct Faculty

    Syed Ali Nabeel brings a passion for education and more than 15 years of IT experience to his role with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

  • Associate Professor

    Greta Poser brings extensive knowledge of industry trends to her role, primarily teaching in the Geographic Information Science (GIS) master's degree program.

  • Adjunct Professor

    Gina Threinen is a strategic leader with 17 years of corporate experience in digital marketing, data, analytics, technology, product management, and consulting.

  • Adjunct Faculty

    Max Vilenchik's expertise spans the interrelated disciplines of statistics, analytics, applied mathematics, and computer science.