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Business Analytics graduates will be able to analyze data and use the findings to guide organizational decision-making. The program cultivates organizational and technical competencies to implement data gathering, cleansing, integration and modeling tasks, as well as data asset analysis for business applications. The program covers data warehousing, dimensional modeling, big-data analytics methods, and visualization tools and techniques, and it introduces topics such as data mining and predictive analytics.

Business Analytics Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the underlying infrastructure of information systems and computer networks 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in structuring, collecting, and analyzing data to support business operations and strategic decision making 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in selecting, implementing, and operating information technology solutions to meet organizational requirements 
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in the tools, techniques, processes, and success factors related to effective management of IT projects 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in business reporting and strategic analysis of data 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental technical characteristics of data communications and business networking including internet technologies. Acquire pertinent knowledge of computer networking technologies to support the design and management of business data communication networks 
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a productive team member in a business systems development project requiring analysis and design, project management and implementation skills customized to the businesses architecture 

Popular Career Paths

Supply Chain Analysis: Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered

Operations Analysis: Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions.

Business Intelligence: Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.

Management Consulting: Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Jobs to Consider

Business Intelligence Analysts

Clinical Data Analyst

Computer Systems Analyst

Marketing Analyst​

Data Analyst

Database Architect

GIS Technologist

Business System Analysts​

Data Scientist

Quantitative Analyst

Statistical Analyst

Supply Chain Managers

Places to Seek Employment

Accounting Firms

Sole practitioners

Companies (all sizes)

Consulting Firms

Universities & Colleges

Government Agencies

Not-profit Organizations



View specific employers by state.

Employment Strategies

  1. Get experience through an internship or other relevant part-time or summer work.
  2. Conduct informational discussions with individuals from industry. The Alumni Directories in the BCS provide a great place to start.
  3. Participate in a job shadowing experience through Jayhawks on the Job or a company visit through an End of Week Excursion. Both are programs coordinated through the BCS.
  4. Attend the ISAK Mixer, Consulting Career Conversations and Business Career Fair events each September to talk with hiring organizations and industry representatives from Information Systems.
  5. Join the Information Systems Association of KU (or ISAK) or other student organizations that provide a means to learn more about companies and career opportunities.
  6. Seek leadership opportunities on campus. Build and polish skills through active participation.
  7. Engage in personal networking to enhance employment prospects.
  8. Seek exposure to as many technologies as possible, even at a familiarization rather than proficiency level.
  9. Develop personal skills including: customer focus, problem solving, self-direction, team orientation, analysis, and research.

Job and Internship Search Resources

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