Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA)

Organizations across the world are struggling to develop the know-how to aggregate, analyze, and most importantly monetize the growing surge of available data. Corporate and government entities point to a shortage of individuals that have the combined business, analytics, IT, and communications skills required to be leaders in this field. The School of Information Systems and Management at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College is perfectly positioned to develop these leaders with our world-renowned faculty teaching a cohesive blend of data analytics, management, strategy, and IT courses.

Our full-time MISM degree was recently recognized by InformationWeek as one of the top programs suited to develop the leaders needed to fill the global "big data talent gap." We are pleased to expand our educational offerings to include a part-time program with evening and distance class options through our Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree.  The MSIT-BIDA is ideal for the experienced IT professional to gain these skills while remaining on the job and advancing their career in data analytics.

Prerequisites to apply (see all admissions requirements here):

  • One undergraduate level object-oriented programming class or equivalent experience prior to admission.
  • At least three years of relevant, full-time professional work experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree conferred from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its international equivalent.
  • Demonstrated ability (via academics, test scores and/or work experience) to synthesize complex quantitative and qualitative concepts is highly recommended.

Review the general Curriculum information that applies to all MSIT degrees for more information about core exemptions and transfer credit which may modify the distribution of the 144 units needed to graduate.

MSIT – Business Intelligence & Data Analytics Curriculum:

Course #

Core Courses (60 units required)

Units

95-703

Database Management

12

95-796

Statistics for IT Managers

6

95-710

Economic Analysis

6

95-797

Data Warehousing

6

94-806

Privacy in the Digital Age

6

95-868

Exploring and Visualizing Data

6

95-791

Data Mining

6

95-852

Applied Data Science

6

95-866

Advanced Business Analytics

6

In addition to the above 60 units of core courses, you'll need to complete an additional 84 units of electives. Electives can include courses from your home department, even core courses from another MSIT degree; other CMU departments that offer evening or distance courses; up to 12 units of independent study (you design the class); and up to 24 units of transfer credit from previously earned graduate credit (submit application after you are admitted).

Here is a sample list of electives that can be done in any evening or distance MSIT program:

Sample Electives (choose 84 units)

Units

Advanced Database

6-12

Business Process Modeling

6

Data Warehousing

6

Decision Making Under Uncertainty

6

Defensive Hacking

12

Digital Transformation

6

Economic Analysis

6

Enterprise Architecture

6

Financial Accounting

6

Geographic Information Systems

12

Global IT Management & Sourcing

12

Intro to Human-Computer Interaction

6

Managing in a Virtual Environment

6

Professional Writing

6

Statistics for IT Managers

6

Systems Architecture for Managers

6

Tech Startup

6

Other Electives for Campus/Evening Students:you are allowed to take graduate-level courses from other Heinz College programs and departments across campus with pre-approval for your Program Director. Check out the Course Schedules to get a better sense about what courses are offered by Heinz College and across the entire university (follow “the HUB” link on the course schedule page).

Other Electives for Distance Students:you are limited to distance courses listed in the MSIT distance catalog PDF. While we can’t offer every Heinz College/ISM campus class by distance, we do try to bring in the best of the bunch. That does include some courses from the School of Computer Science because they have an online software engineering degree and will allow qualified MSIT students to take their distance courses.

To earn the MSIT-BIDA degree, you must:

  • Complete 144 units of course credit (this includes required core, elective and approved transfer credits);
  • Successfully pass all required core courses (with a letter grade or approved exemption);
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; and
  • Satisfy all academic requirements within five years from admission.