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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business Analytics (M.S.)

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Admissions Information  

The Master of Science in Business Analytics prepares students to understand the effective application of analytics to solve business problems. Graduates are equipped to leverage data, statistics, and computing technology to derive insights that improve operational, tactical and strategic decisions. The curriculum enables students to use data analysis to predict and prescribe actions that decrease costs and eliminate inefficiencies, increase revenue and improve organizational effectiveness through data-driven decision making.

Master of Science, Business Analytics: Total 30-33 credit hours


* The degree will have twenty-seven required core credit hours for business baccalaureates, twenty-seven required core credit hours for STEM baccalaureates, and thirty-three required core credit hours for those students with baccalaureates in neither STEM disciplines nor business disciplines only.

1 Required for students with non-business baccalaureates

2 Required for students with non-STEM baccalaureates

Student Learning Outcomes

GOAL #1 Our graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of business analytics. 


  1. Students will demonstrate adequate knowledge of core business analytics concepts, including predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, database management, and operational analytics. 

 GOAL #2 Our graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and experimentation skills to address business analytics problems. 


  1. Students will employ critical thinking skills in solving business analytics problems.  
  2. Students will employ experimentation skills in addressing business analytics problems. 

 GOAL #3:  Our graduates will display professional communication skills. 


  1. Students will produce professional documentation for a business analytics solution. 
  2. Students will demonstrate professional presentation skills. 

 GOAL #4:  Our graduates will demonstrate ethical business analytics decision making. 


  1. Students will adequately evaluate ethical issues in a data mining context. 

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

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