Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the online Master’s of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics program from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. You’re encouraged to ask many more by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or by requesting more information so we can get in touch with you.
Will my degree say that it is from an online program?
No. The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's University is identical to the degree offered on campus.
Are there set times when I can start the program?
You may apply for admission to Saint Mary’s online MS in BIDA program at any time. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of any semester: Spring, Summer, or Fall.
How long does the program take?
To earn your online master's degree, you will complete 36 credit hours of program work in one year.
Is there a campus residency requirement, or is the program entirely online?
The program is fully online. You do not need to attend Saint Mary’s ground campuses.
Will I be required to attend online classes during set times?
No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient to you.
I don't have an iPad. Is one required to pursue this degree?
All coursework can be completed through Saint Mary’s learning management system, Engage, but every online Saint Mary's University student is also issued his or her own iPad. You'll then have the world's most innovative online learning experience literally at your fingertips.
Is this a self-paced program?
No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.
What are the admissions requirements?
All the information about eligibility and admissions requirements can be found on the Admissions Page.
Are there any special technology requirements I need for my coursework?
Yes. Certain coursework requires software that is only compatible with a Windows-based PC, and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or you will need to partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.
For additional hardware and software information, please see the Online Learning Details page to find out what you may need.
What type of support is available to me? What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?
All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's University are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's University student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.
Is financial aid available?
Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and a number of different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.
How do I get started?
It’s easy! Your journey to a more rewarding career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information, and we’ll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your online MS in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics degree, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process.