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#1 in Analytics Education

Master Data Science in Just One Year

BIDA: 12-Month

Launch yourself into an elite data science career in just twelve months, minimizing your time away from the workforce and returning with an unparalleled skillset.

If you have three years of relevant professional experience or more, the BIDA: 12-Month pathway provides the same degree as our standard Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA) pathway, but in an accelerated format. Students complete the BIDA: 12-Month pathway full-time from August to August.

The Heinz College BIDA programs will provide you with depth in the emerging field of analytics, forging skills that you can use to change the way companies do business. Our 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 will arm you with the expertise to become an influencer at any organization.

Due to the experience level of BIDA: 12-Month candidates, an internship is not required.

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Duration: 1 year / 3 semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer)

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: BIDA: 12-Month does not follow the same academic schedule as MISM: 12-Month. All BIDA students begin in August, whereas MISM: 12-Month students begin in May.


Below is one possible schedule for Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (12-Month pathway). Actual schedules will vary depending on pathway, concentrations, and electives.

Class titles in bold are core courses.

  • Unstructured Data Analytics
  • Advanced Business Analytics
  • Object-Oriented Programming in Java
  • Database Management
  • 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
  • Digital Transformation
  • Big Data and Large-Scale Computing
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Data Analytics Capstone Project
  • Intro to Human-Computer Interaction
  • Negotiation
  • Exploring and Visualizing Data
  • Professional Speaking
  • Organizational Design and Implementation
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty

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.