Business Analytics


Business Analytics graduates will be able to analyze data and use the findings to guide organizational decision-making. The program cultivates organizational and technical competencies to implement data gathering, cleansing, integration and modeling tasks, as well as data asset analysis for business applications. The program covers data warehousing, dimensional modeling, big-data analytics methods, and visualization tools and techniques, and it introduces topics such as data mining and predictive analytics.

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the underlying infrastructure of information systems and computer networks  
     
  • Demonstrate proficiency in structuring, collecting, and analyzing data to support business operations and strategic decision making   
     
  • Demonstrate proficiency in selecting, implementing, and operating information technology solutions to meet organizational requirements  
     
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in the tools, techniques, processes, and success factors related to effective management of IT projects  
     
  • Demonstrate proficiency in business reporting and strategic analysis of data  
     
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental technical characteristics of data communications and business networking including internet technologies. Acquire pertinent knowledge of computer networking technologies to support the design and management of business data communication networks  
     
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a productive team member in a business systems development project requiring analysis and design, project management and implementation skills customized to the businesses architecture  

Popular Career Paths

Supply Chain Analysis: Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered

Operations Analysis: Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions.

Business Intelligence: Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.

Management Consulting: Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues. 

Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Accounting Firms
  • Sole practitioners
  • Companies (all sizes)
  • Consulting Firms
  • Universities & Colleges
  • Government Agencies
  • Not-profit Organizations
  • Hospitals 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
     
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
     
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
     
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
     
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
     
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
     
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
     
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
     
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
     
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.