This is a first version of the 2019-20 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The digital revolution empowered by the internet and computer technology in business and individual life during the last several decades has generated unimaginable amounts of data in the form of digital records stored in databases and file servers. The volume, velocity, and variety of these data have produced a new set of problems and challenges for businesses and organizations in their pursuit of competitiveness, effectiveness, and efficiency. These problems and challenges also have created unprecedented opportunities for businesses and organizations to discover, model, understand, and serve their customers and partners in ways never imagined and to supply details never possible before. Businesses and organizations that are able to master this volume of data will have a tremendous competitive advantage over their competition in the marketplace.

As the need for implementing data analytic solutions grows, demand for professionals who understand and are capable of working with and exploring this data has exploded in recent years. This program addresses the growing need to manage and analyze the rapidly increasing amount of data that is available to support business decision making.

The part-time program is located in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and the Quad Cities.

The part-time Master of Science program in business analytics requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit. Transfer credit may be accepted with approval from the program. Students who wish to include the 15 s.h. earned from the Certificate in Business Analytics toward the M.S. degree should seek approval from the program. A cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 is required in all course work.

The M.S. with a major in business analytics requires the following course work.

Core Courses15
Experience Course/Project3
Total Hours30

Core Courses

All of these:
MSCI:6050Data Management and Visual Analytics3
MSCI:6060Data Programming in R3
MSCI:6070Data Science3
MSCI:9100Data and Decisions3
MSCI:9110Advanced Analytics3

Experience Course/Project

The experience course consists of a group project that solves a semester-long business problem. Students should take this course after they have completed the core courses and one elective course.

This course:
MSCI:6120Analytics Experience3


Elective course work allows students to deepen or broaden their skills.

12 s.h. from these:
MSCI:6040Data Programming in Python3
MSCI:6100Text Analytics3
MSCI:6110Big Data Management and Analytics3
MSCI:6130Applied Optimization3
MSCI:6140Information Visualization3
MSCI:6150Financial Analytics3
MSCI:6180Healthcare Analytics3
MSCI:6210Data Leadership and Management3
MSCI:9160Supply Chain Analytics3
MKTG:9165Digital Marketing Analytics3

M.S./M.B.A. (Professional Program)

The combined Master of Science in business analytics (professional subprogram)/Professional Master of Business Administration Program allows students to pursue two degrees simultaneously, earning both more quickly than they would if the degrees were pursued separately. The Department of Business Analytics collaborates with the Master of Business Administration Program to offer a combined M.S./M.B.A. degree.

Separate application to each degree program is required. Applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program. For information about the M.B.A., see the M.B.A. Professional Program in the Master of Business Administration section of the Catalog.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website.