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Business Analytics

Advance the future of business with insights and data-driven decisions.

Business analytics refers to the knowledge, skills, and competencies required for the methodical exploration and investigation of business data using statistical tools to support decision making and to gain insight of business performance. OHIO's College of Business offers an undergraduate minor that develops students' 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.

There is a growing demand for analytics professionals in the workplace. The demand for talented analytics professionals is outpacing the rate at which students are earning degrees in higher education.

The business analytics minor requires a minmum of 15 hours.

Required Courses Include:

QBA 1720 - Introduction to Information Analysis and Descriptive Analytics

Introduces students to information analysis and descriptive analytics. Students critically analyze business problems and develop high quality information designs that inform and support management decisions using personal computer software tools. 

Credit Hours: 3

QBA 2720 - Business Analytics

Course teaches students how to apply problem-solving processes to business situations, think critically and analytically, and understand how to analyze the internal and external environments of business organizations. 

Requisites: QBA 1720 or 2010
Credit Hours: 3

Elective Courses

Complete three of the following courses:

MIS 2800 - Business Intelligence and Information Management

Provides an introduction to database terminology, design, development, the querying of databases, Business Intelligence and the management of information in order to solve complex business problems. 

Requisites: QBA 1720 or MIS 2010 or MIS 2011
Credit Hours: 3

MIS 4580 - Advanced Business Intelligence

Students will work with the data modeling, processing, and computation techniques to remove these barriers. Utilizing software commonly used to process “all data,” students will understand how to address the volume, velocity, and variety of data that businesses face to today.

Requisites: MIS 2800
Credit Hours: 3

QBA 3720 - Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics is a form of analysis that aims to discover trends or patterns within datasets. The mathematical relationships that are found are used to make proactive data-driven decisions. Students utilize major software tools that are commonly used in business to develop, test, and apply continuous, classification and clustering models.

Requisites: QBA 2720 or 3710
Credit Hours: 3

QBA 4720 - Prescriptive Analytics

Prescriptive analytics uses multiple techniques that recommend which course of action a decision maker should take within a business environment. Students will conduct an analysis of assignment, transportation, and network models as well as investigate other business scenarios that require additional theories such as integer and goal programing.

Requisites: QBA 2720 or QBA 3710
Credit Hours: 3

For more information about the Business Analytics minor contact Gabe Giordano at