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University of Colorado Denver - Online MSIS with a Specialization in Business Intelligence

The University of Colorado Denver’s Business School offers an online Master of Science in Information Systems program that has a specialization in Business Intelligence (BI). The program focuses on the skills and technologies used in data mining, data warehousing, and data visualization, and on the organizational aspects of knowledge management. This is a 30-credit master’s program that can be completed by full-time students in four semesters, or the equivalent 16 months. Those who opt for part-time enrollment can finish the requirements in six semesters, or two years. The program is 100% online and does not require any campus visits.

The online programs at the University of Colorado Denver are offered through CU Online, which uses a learning management system (LMS) that supports asynchronous instruction. While some of courses give students the option of streaming live lectures through the LMS, all lectures and most course materials are available on-demand, 24-7. In all courses, students are encouraged to interact with classmates and instructors through LMS discussion forums and email.

The MSIS curriculum at the University of Colorado Denver was designed to meet standards set jointly by the Association for Information Systems and the Association for Computing Machinery. It requires that all students take or place out of Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses before earning the 30 credits necessary for the master’s degree. The CBK curriculum includes: Data Analysis for Managers; Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information; Marketing Management; Management of Operations; and Financial Management.

Students in the BI specialization have two set requirements: Database Management Systems and Business Intelligence Systems. They then select six BI electives from the following list of classes: Information Systems Management and Strategy; Information Systems Security and Privacy; Data Warehouse and Administration; Business Intelligence in Healthcare; Business Intelligence and Financial Modeling; IT Governance and Service Management; Predictive Modeling with Big Data; and Customer Relationship Management. Two additional general electives, one of which must be in the field of Information Systems, round out the required credits.

The Business School at the University of Colorado Denver is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

University of Colorado Denver: The Business School

Programs Offered: Business Intelligence (Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS))
Accreditation: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
Instruction Methods: Program uses asynchronous instruction. Students interact with instructors and classmates through online discussion forums. For some classes, students can also log in and view the classes live while they are being conducted.
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Online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) with a Specialization in Business Intelligence (BI) Systems

Program Overview
Program Type: Business Intelligence
Degree Conferred: Masters
Program Structure: Online instruction with no campus visits required
Example Courses: Database Management Systems, Business Intelligence Systems and Analytics, Information Systems Management and Strategy, Data Warehouse and Administration
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Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 30 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission
Curriculum Options: Full-time and Part-time
Length of Program: Full-time: program can be completed in 16 months (4 semesters): Part-time: program can be completed in 2 years (6 semesters)
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
Degree Required for Admission: Bachelor's Degree
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0
Testing Requirements: GMAT or GRE required (Average GMAT score of 580; Minimum scores of 20% for both verbal and quantitative sections)
Work Experience: Prior work experience recommended for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$20,250 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $675 per credit hour
Eligibility Information: Program does not currently accept students from Connecticut, Delaware and the District of Columbia

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