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).