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What is Business Intelligence?
Business Intelligence (BI) is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of software applications used to analyze an organization’s raw data. As a discipline, Business Intelligence is made up of several related activities, including data mining, querying, reporting, and online analytical processing. Companies use BI to improve decision-making, cut costs and identify new business opportunities. BI is more than just corporate reporting and more than a set of tools to coax data out of enterprise systems. Chief Information Officers (CIOs) use BI to identify inefficient business processes that are ripe for re-engineering. –CIO from IDG
Just about every industry can benefit from business intelligence, but some of the largest sectors that use BI to support decision-making include oil, retail, food and beverage, and apparel. Because BI has become an integral part of many businesses within these and other industries around the world, MBAs with a background in business intelligence are in high demand. In response to the demand, most schools now offer a specialization, concentration or certificate in business intelligence and just about wvery school has plenty of elective options that students can use to customize their own focus area.
The Business Intelligence MBA
The MBA in Business Intelligence may include courses in subjects such as Business Intelligence Systems, Database Management Systems, Business Intelligence in Healthcare, Data Warehousing and Administration, and Business Intelligence and Financial Modeling. Sample course titles may Decision Support and Dashboarding, Strategy in Global Environments, Big Data and E-Commerce, Management Information Systems, Human Behavior Management Organizations, Fundamentals of Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Research and Statistics for Managers, Data Warehousing, Leading Individuals and Teams, Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods, Database Design and Management, Data Analysis, and Legal and Ethical Environment.
Courses such as these allow students to acquire knowledge and skills in the areas of:
- Corporate performance management
- Customer relationships management
- Dashboards and scorecards
- Data mining
- Data visualization
- Expert and advanced intelligent systems
- Hands on experience with leading BI tools
- Online analytical processing
- Real-time data warehousing
The number of credits required to complete the MBA in Business Intelligence will vary by school, but many programs require anywhere from 36-50+ credit hours of study to graduate. Most programs also have an internship requirement and one or more international experiences.
10 Schools that Offer an Online MBA in Business Intelligence
- CU Denver Business School at the University of Colorado, MBA Specialization Business Intelligence
- The College of Business at Baker College, MBA in Business Intelligence
- H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University - MBA Concentration Business Intelligence/Analytics
- College of Business at Colorado State University Fort Collins - MBA with a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence
- Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University, MBA with a Business Intelligence Concentration
- Muma College of Business at University of South Florida - MBA Specialization Analytics & Business Intelligence
- Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University - MBA Business Intelligence and Analytics Management Concentration
- The College of Business at University of New Haven - MBA Business Intelligence Concentration
- The School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University - MBA in Business Intelligence
- Concordia University, Nebraska, MBA in Business Intelligence
Because business intelligence is, well, big business, and most graduates start out in management positions, graduates of these programs and others can expect to earn a handsome starting salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average wage (mean) for management occupations in the U.S. is $121,560 annually. High performing managers could earn $151,700 or more annually.
Considering an Online MBA? Use our interactive map to find information on schools and colleges offering Online MBA programs in your state and across the U.S.
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