Boston University - Online Masters in Analytics and Business Intelligence Programs

The Boston University (BU) Department of Computer Science offers an online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) program with two concentrations: data analytics and business intelligence. The MSCIS concentration in Data Analytics targets tools and training in data collection, processing, and analysis. This includes applied probability and statistics, visualization and modeling software, and web, text, and data mining. The MSCIS concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence (BI) focuses on the technologies used by BI professionals to design and implement operational database systems, including SQL programming and advanced database management systems. Both degrees require the completion of 40 credits of coursework, or the equivalent of ten classes. The programs can be completed in 18-24 months through part-time enrollment. BU’s MSCIS degrees do not require any campus visits.

BU’s MSCIS program is designed to provide rigorous yet flexible training for working professionals. It utilizes asynchronous instruction through an online learning management system (LMS) that allows students to access live and recorded lectures on-demand. Other course materials and support services are also available 24/7 through the LMS. Some courses may also incorporate synchronous elements in the form of occasional live lectures and presentations.

The curriculum for BU’s MSCIS degree concentrations, including the Data Analytics and the Database Management & Business Intelligence concentrations, rests on a foundation of five core courses in information systems technology. These courses cover Business Data Communication and Networks; Database Design and Implementation for Business; Information Systems Analysis and Design; and IT Strategy and Management. In addition, students can choose between a programming class in Information Structures with Java or Information Structures with Python. Together, this accounts for 20 of the degree’s 40 total credits.

Students working toward a degree in Data Analytics then enroll in five required concentration classes, which provide the mathematical and practical proficiencies necessary to effectively make data-driven business decisions. These courses include: Foundations of Analytics; Quantitative Methods for Information Systems; Data Analysis and Visualization; Web Analytics and Mining; and Data Mining.

Students in the Database Management & Business Intelligence concentration must also take the Quantitative Methods for Information Systems and Data Mining classes. However, there are two concentration requirements that differ from Data Analytics. These are Database Security and Advanced Database Management. The Database Management & Business Intelligence degree then has an elective component, which allows students to choose one class in a specialized subject area. Options include: Health Informatics; Web Application Development; Network Security; Digital Forensics and Investigations; and Enterprise Architecture. Neither degree has a capstone course or independent research requirement.

Boston University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Boston University: Department of Computer Science

Programs Offered: Analytics, Business Intelligence (MS in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS))
Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Instruction Methods: Program uses asynchronous instruction. However, some classes may have live class sessions for specific lectures or presentations that students must attend.
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Online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Data Analytics

Program Overview
Program Type: Analytics
Degree Conferred: Master’s
Program Structure: Online instruction with no campus visits required
Example Courses: Database Design and Implementation for Business, Information Systems Analysis and Design, Foundations of Analytics, Data Analysis and Visualization, Data Mining
Program Website: www.bu.edu
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 40 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Six start dates per year
Curriculum Options: Part-Time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 18-24 months
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
Degree Required for Admission: Bachelor's Degree
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0 recommended (but not required)
Testing Requirements: Not required for admission
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$26,880+ fees
Cost per Credit Hour: Courses numbered 100-599 = $435 per credit hour; Courses numbered 600-799 = $830 per credit hour
Eligibility Information: Program currently accepts students from all states, except Arkansas

Online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence

Program Overview
Program Type: Business Intelligence
Degree Conferred: Master’s
Program Structure: Online instruction with no campus visits required
Example Courses: Database Design and Implementation for Business, Information Systems Analysis and Design, Quantitative Methods for Information Systems, Database Security, Data Mining, Advanced Database Management
Program Website: www.bu.edu
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 40 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Six start dates per year
Curriculum Options: Part-Time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 18-24 months
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
Degree Required for Admission: Bachelor's Degree
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0 recommended (but not required)
Testing Requirements: Not required for admission
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$28,460 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: Courses numbered 100-599 = $435 per credit hour; Courses numbered 600-799 = $830 per credit hour
Eligibility Information: Program currently accepts students from all states, except Arkansas