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Business Analytics

Business Analytics

Combine a business analytics major with another major to develop critical skills.

Business analytics skills are increasingly important in today’s business landscape. Experts predict a significant shortage of analytics professionals in the near future. To meet this growing industry demand and better position its graduates for success, Ohio University is now offering a business analytics co-major.  

Business analytics refers to the knowledge, skills, and competencies required for the methodical exploration and investigation of business data. This includes using predictive and prescriptive statistical tools to support decision-making and to gain insight of business performance.

Ohio University’s Business Analytics Major helps students to develop skills and competencies in business analytics and provides them with hands-on experience of statistical tools used in the business environment using data provided by industry partners. Our curriculum is designed to support a seamless transition from student to business professional. The Business Analytics Major must be combined with another major.

Students that co-major in business analytics will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA).

Internships and Job Placement

Utilize our Career Management operations to find analytics internships and employment opportunities with Fortune 100 companies such as Nationwide Insurance and Wendy’s Company. 

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Business Analytics Courses

Read more about the Business Analytics co-major requirements in the official Ohio University catalog.

Required Courses

  • MIS 2800 – Business Intelligence and Information Management
  • MIS 4580 – Advanced Database Applications
  • QBA 3720 – Predictive Analytics
  • QBA 4720 – Prescriptive Analytics

Elective Business Analytics Courses

Choose one of the following:

  • ACCT 4700 – Data Analytics for Accounting
  • SASM 4200 – Sport Analytics

Potential Careers

Research tells us there is a significant and growing need for young professionals with strong quantitative and analytical skills.

The growth of analytics careers surpasses all starter careers, according to LinkedIn analytics. IBM predicted a need for over 300,000 additional analytics professionals of various levels in the US by 2020. And Accenture predicted that while the United States will create 44 percent of new jobs for analytics experts, it will produce only 23 percent of the supply. These statistics suggest that graduates with a background in analytics will well prepared for the job market—making the job search that much easier for our future graduates.

Besides being an in-demand skill, business analytics can lead to a wide array of career opportunities, from marketing to information technology to finance.

Student Organizations

Information Systems and Analytics Professionals

ISAP is a student-run organization geared toward MIS and Business Analytics majors within Ohio University's College of Business. We host weekly meetings where members network with industry professionals, learn about technology trends, and gain insights about the skills sought by employers.

ISAP Website, Email, Advisors: Vic Matta & Ralph Riedel

Black Student Business Caucus

Black Student Business Caucus was established in 1988. Its purpose is to introduce students to the issues of excellence and diversity as well as techniques necessary for survival in the corporate arena.

Delta Sigma Pi

This professional business fraternity is designed to foster the study of business and encourage professionalism, scholarship and social activity among members. Prospective members must be a second-quarter freshmen or an upperclassman with at least five quarters remaining; hold an accumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5; and attend rush (fall semester).

Ohio Sports Analytics Team

The Ohio Sports Analytics Team is a body for undergraduate students focused on deliberating developments in the field of analytics, providing hands on experience with statistical data and information systems, and preparing members for life in the industry. 

OHIO Women in Business

OHIO Women in Business (OWIB) provides outstanding support, development, and sense of community to women interested in pursuing careers in business. For more information on how to get involved, contact Liz Doyle at ed962710@ohio.edu.

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