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#1 in Analytics Education

An Elite Degree for an Elite Career

Business Intelligence & Data Analytics

Empowering the Data Scientist.

Within the MISM program, the Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA) pathway goes deeper into the emerging field of analytics, forging experts that change the way companies do business around the world.

The comprehensive curriculum includes advanced analytics coursework in machine learning, structured and unstructured data analytics and predictive modeling. When combined with core technology coursework and experiential learning, BIDA you will arm you with the expertise to become an influencer at any organization.


Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Duration: 16 months / 3 semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer Internship, Fall)

My Story: Monica

Monica Shekhar (BIDA '17) is from Ranchi, India. She chose Heinz College because she knows that firms are increasingly relying on data to make decisions that affect people all over the world.

Business Intelligence & Data Analytics Curriculum

NOTE: The standard 16-Month BIDA program follows the same academic schedule as MISM: 16-Month, which begins in August and ends in December of the following year. The 12-Month BIDA runs from August to August. It is not possible to complete BIDA in the Global pathway.


Below is one possible schedule for Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (16-Month pathway). Actual schedules will vary depending on pathway, concentrations, and electives.

Class titles in bold are core courses.

  • Unstructured Data Analytics
  • Object-Oriented Programming in Java
  • Database Management
  • Organizational Design and Implementation
  • Statistics for IT Managers
  • Economic Analysis
  • Writing for Information Systems Management

  • Machine Learning for Problem Solving
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Distributed Systems for Information Systems Management
  • Accounting and Finance Foundations
  • Professional Speaking
  • Big Data and Large-Scale Computing
  • Marketing Analytics


  • Data Analytics Capstone Project
  • Intro to Artificial Intelligence
  • Exploring and Visualizing Data
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty
  • Digital Transformation
  • Advanced Business Analytics

MISM Pathways

Compare all five MISM options at a glance

The MISM program is offered in five distinct modalities—16-Month, Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA), BIDA 12-Month, MISM 12-Month, and Global. Compare all five and choose the path to power your goals.