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Master of Science in Business Informatics – Business Analytics Online

Elevate your ability to use information, data, and advanced technologies to drive enterprise growth across a wide range of organizations. Build solutions-focused strategies and cutting-edge skills in this comprehensive program.

08/09/23 Next Application Due Date
08/21/23 Start Classes

Program Overview

Find out what you will gain with an MBI in Business Analytics

$16,080 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Knowing how to extract relevant insights from big data and apply them to all aspects of business is a critical need in today's rapidly evolving global marketplace. In the Master of Science in Business Informatics – Business Analytics online program offered by NKU's respected College of Informatics, you will thoroughly explore the convergence of business and data.

This academically rigorous master's in business analytics program provides you with both a top-level perspective and advanced, modern skillsets in optimizing the use of information to develop data-based business initiatives and solutions. The broad-based curriculum covers business intelligence, data analysis and visualization, information security, and blockchain technology. You will strengthen your competencies in leadership, management, communication, project management, and finance.

In this online MBI program, you will learn how to:

  • Understand and apply current information technologies
  • Evaluate and adapt new technologies to meet business needs
  • Comprehend the organizational settings where these technologies will be implemented
  • Manage information systems as an organizational resource by making critical, IS-related decisions and by recruiting and retaining qualified IS personnel
  • Expand your proficiency in Oracle®, SQL, Tableau®, and R

As a graduate of this MBI program, you will be prepared for advancement into roles such as:

  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Chief Data Officer

Have questions or need more information about our online programs?

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Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of informatics programs online. Learn more about our online informatics programs.

Kevin Kirby

"Informatics is all about seeking human meaning in a world of data. It is how we find, process, protect, and share information."

– Kevin Kirby, Dean of the College of Informatics


Gain in-demand skills at an outstanding value

The MBI online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

Tuition breakdown:

$520 Per Credit Hour
$16,080 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course Required Fees Total With Fees
Master of Science in Business Informatics – Business Analytics $520 $1,560 $480 $16,080
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Add these key dates to your calendar

The MBI online program is delivered in a convenient format, with 7-week courses that start six times a year. View the calendar to find the best start date for you and be sure to note corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

08/09/23 Apply By
08/21/23 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 1 05/08/2023 04/26/2023 05/01/2023 05/04/2023 05/08/2023 06/23/2023
Summer 2 06/26/2023 06/14/2023 06/19/2023 06/22/2023 06/26/2023 08/11/2023
Fall 1 08/21/2023 08/09/2023 08/14/2023 08/18/2023 08/21/2023 10/06/2023
Fall 2 10/18/2023 10/05/2023 10/10/2023 10/13/2023 10/18/2023 12/08/2023
Spring 1 01/08/2024 01/02/2024 01/04/2024 01/05/2024 01/08/2024 02/23/202$
Spring 2 03/11/2024 02/29/2024 03/04/2024 03/08/2024 03/11/2024 04/26/2024

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?


See what you need to apply to our master's in business analytics

The admission process for the MBI online is streamlined to help you get started sooner. Requirements include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from accredited institutions
Professional resume which includes relevant experience
2.8 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale

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MBI Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from accredited institutions with a minimum undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher
    • Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.8 must submit a current resume with evidence of three years of professional work experience

Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.8 must submit a current resume with evidence of three years of professional work experience. Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Explore the topics you will study in your MBI in Business Analytics courses

For the Master of Science in Business Informatics – Security Management online program, you must complete a total of 30 credit hours, including 21 credit hours of core courses and nine credit hours of electives. Students without a programming background may be required to take an additional programming course as advised by the program director.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the core concepts and fundamental principles of information systems in the context of business decision making. This will include a survey of the information systems discipline and an explanation of its importance in modern organizations. The key objective of the course is to give the student a good understanding of how managers can manage and exploit the potential of information technology for their own career and for the organization.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Develops an understanding of tools, techniques and methods for analysis, design and implementation of information systems. Uses theory and applied projects to build effective interpersonal and communication skills that are essential to interact with clients, users and other team members involved with development, operation and maintenance of information systems. Approaches to systems development such as Rapid application Development (RAD), Joint Application Development (JAD) and other techniques to create quality systems are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In depth investigation of intelligent database management systems in support of business decision making. This course includes an investigation of all aspects of data modeling, database design and implementation of relation-al, object-oriented and semantic databases.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of software development project management practices, context and processes of software development projects, project risks and failures, managing technical personnel, and issues relating to project outsourcing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course provides an overview of the field of Information Security and Assurance in various technical and administrative aspects including audit and controls. Students will be exposed to a spectrum of security activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Business decisions require the basic skills of analyzing data to understand the problem more completely and to produce better answers. Information systems automate these tools and techniques allowing decision makers to get better information quicker. Through hands-on labs and a group project, this course will introduce students to the business analytics process, including problem modeling, tools, and techniques for analysis, and effectively communicating insights.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An overview of contemporary information technology (IT) computer, telecommunications, and office systems-management issues and principles with specific emphasis on setting the direction of IT resources and managing IT policy and strategy.

Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the design and development of business intelligence systems (data warehouses and data marts, for example). Dimensional models will be developed and implemented in an enterprise system. Students gain a working knowledge of business intelligence systems with hands on labs and an applied project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course surveys core concepts and methods for the design, analysis, and visualization of organizational data for business planning and decision-making purposes. Through applied projects, students will be exposed to an integrated set of computer-based business data analytical and visualization tools.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course draws on business cases to examine blockchain technology from a managerial perspective. Students will receive a foundational overview of blockchain technology to understand its possibilities and limitations. Throughout the course, students will go beyond understanding the fundamentals and will apply, evaluate, and assess blockchain technologies for business contexts.

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