Carnegie Mellon University - Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) Distance Track - Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College offers a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) that includes an online, distance track concentration in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA). Housed in the school’s Department of Information Systems & Management, the BIDA program stresses a multi-disciplinary approach to data analytics and business intelligence, which integrates training in IT technologies used in the field with the business management and communications skills needed to effectively implement data-driven decisions. The degree requires students to complete 144 units of coursework, which equates to 12 semester-long courses. This can typically be accomplished in four-to-six semesters, or two-to-three years.
OnlineEducation.com classifies this program under both Data Analytics and Business Intelligence based on the different electives students can take to customize their program and curriculum.
The BIDA degree at Carnegie Mellon utilizes an interactive learning management system that allows students to access video lectures and other course materials on-demand, 24/7. This asynchronous mode of online instruction is designed to accommodate students who may be working full time or have significant family and professional obligations outside of school. In addition, some courses may incorporate web conferencing, class presentations, or other live components to facilitate interaction between students and faculty. Students can also communicate directly with instructors and classmates through live chats, e-mail, and phone and web conferences. The BIDA program does not require any on-campus visits.
The BIDA curriculum focuses on data analytics tools, business intelligence applications, and business management strategies. There are nine core requirements, which account for 60 of 144 units necessary for graduation. These include courses in Database Management, Data Warehousing, Data Mining, Exploring and Visualizing Data, Privacy in the Digital Age, and Advanced Business Analytics. The remaining 84 units can be completed through electives, which can include core courses from other Heinz College MSIT programs (Information Technology & Management; Information Security & Assurance; Software Design & Management). Examples include, Enterprise Architecture, Geographic Information Systems, Managing in a Virtual Environment, and Defensive Hacking. An independent study project can be used to substitute for up to 12 of those remaining 84 units, or the equivalent of two semester-long classes.
Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.