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2020-2021 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2020-2021 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, B.S.

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics equips students with the foundational business knowledge and the application skill set for analyzing large data sets to create usable decision information for businesses and organizations. The program provides up-to-date knowledge and technical skills for analyzing in a “Big Data” business environment. Students will be prepared to manage and analyze large data sets in all business, nonprofit, healthcare, government, educational, and other sectors.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply economic and financial principles to business decisions and projects.
  2. Use analytics tools and techniques to support common business decisions and processes.
  3. Analyze data in order to optimize business operations.
  4. Interpret the ethical perspectives and forces that impact business operations.
  5. Incorporate the principles of project management into business processes.
  6. Communicate with clarity and coherence.
  7. Work toward common goals within diverse teams.

Program Structure and Delivery

The Bachelor of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics program is delivered in an online format.

Degree Requirements

Required Business and Management Courses 18 cr.
Required Communication Courses   6 cr.
Required Business Intelligence Courses 15 cr.
Required Capstone Course   3 cr.
Total 42 cr.


Required Capstone Course: 3 cr.

BU490 is a blended course, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner. MG495 is a fully online course.

Requirements for Double Major

For those students seeking both the Business Administration/Business Intelligence and Data Analytics or Marketing/Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, please see the double major requirements.

Business Administration/Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, B.S.  

Marketing/Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, B.S.  


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to undergraduate certificate and degree programs at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during any one of the three semesters. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful undergraduate coursework. Applicants must provide evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits upon acceptance, including completion of a basic English composition course. Applicants may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family).
  2. All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 transferable semester credits with a Basic English composition course.  (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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