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Business Analytics - MS

Program Overview:

Program Objectives

Our business data analytics program provides students with the skills and knowledge to analyze large and complex datasets that require advanced predictive and prescriptive analytics skills and develop insights that will be useful for managers to build strategic decisions. Professionally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the program provides a strong professional background in the business analytics area. Required courses emphasize the development of technical skills in descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics and prepare students as business analytics professionals in the market. While taking the required courses, students decide on a track in management or marketing area which helps students to develop more in-dept understanding of the application areas of business analytics profession.

The College of Saint Rose Business Data Analytics graduate is expected to:

  • Explain the differences between descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics disciplines and use the associated methods for a given problem;
  • Analyze both structured and unstructured data using machine learning methods;
  • Be competent in R, Python, SQL and SAS programming languages and demonstrate proficiency in each;
  • Drive and deliver effective and optimal results to business community for a given problem;
  • Be effective in oral, written and electronic communication.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Eyyub Yunus Kibis

Assistant Professor


Program Webpage:

Business Analytics M.S.

Program Requirements:

The Business Data Analytics Curriculum

1.   The B.D.A program consists of a minimum of 30 graduate credits.

2.   If prerequisite coursework is required, the number of credits may increase to 36 credits.

3.   The combination of transferred and waived courses cannot exceed a total of 12 credits. A minimum of 24 graduate credits must be taken in residence. (See Transfer Credit section of this catalog under Academic Policies and Procedures.)

4.   All Saint Rose and transfer graduate courses taken for degree requirements must be completed within six years.

5.   Students need have their own laptops.

Required Courses (21 Credits)

BDA 500Stats for Business Analytics


BDA 620Predictive Modeling


BDA 660Machine Learning with R


BDA 662Quant Mthds & Operations Rsch


BDA 690Business Analytics Capstone


CSC 520Introduction to Database



MBA 540Intro to Database


CSC 571Big Data Programming


BDA 690: (taken in the final semester)

Choose Track (9 Credits)

Marketing Track

MBA 635Marketing Management


MBA 636Mkt Decision-Mkg


MBA 639Digital Marketing & E-Commerce


Management Track

MBA 582Human Resource Management


MBA 583Leardership & Organiz Chng


MBA 595Managing Organiz Devel & Chng



The use of computers is an integral part of graduate business courses. Students will have classroom assignments that require proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software applications. The College of Saint Rose computer facilities include computer laboratories with open-time access available to all students. Scanning and laser printing are available. Since students use computer applications throughout the graduate business program for assignments, analysis, presentations, and as a managerial tool, computer ownership is strongly recommended.

Culminating Academic Experiences:

Required Course

BDA 690Business Analytics Capstone


Professional Accreditation:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs are fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

This program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

General Admission Information

Eligibility for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate programs is typically based upon the following minimum requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed application, a resume, and Statement of Purpose of approximately 300 words detailing the applicant’s goals for graduate study.
  2. Evidence of the possession of a U.S.  baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution through submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary education.
  3. Academic and professional qualifications for graduate study, as indicated by two letters of recommendation. The Communication Sciences & Disorders and School Psychology programs requirethree letters of recommendation.
  4. A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), overall and in the undergraduate major.
  5. Other admission criteria specified by academic programs such as submission writing samples, portfolios, test scores, and participation in interviews or admissions workshops.

Applicants to The College of Saint Rose are responsible for completing their applications by submitting all required components. Prospective students can access the online application and application instructions at

See Graduate Admissions section for more information.

Financial Aid

The College of Saint Rose has long been committed to the premise that a quality education should be within the reach of qualified students. To this end, the College serves its student body through a comprehensive program of federal, state, and institutional financial aid. While the basic responsibility for financing education lies with the students and their families, scholarships, loans, and/or assistantships can supplement insufficient family resources. The amount of aid available through the College is limited and is awarded on the basis of academic merit. All financial assistance from the College is subject to adjustment if the recipients are later granted aid from other sources. Financial aid awards are contingent upon students’ maintaining good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress.

See Financial Aid section for more information.

Additional Business Analytics Admission Information:

The Application Process

Applicants are evaluated on their potential for success in graduate studies. This is primarily determined by prior academic achievement (GPA) at all colleges attended. If an applicant has graduated with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, submission of a GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score is not required. In addition, the GMAT/ GRE requirement is waived for applicants holding graduate degrees. However, if an applicant’s overall undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0, a GMAT/GRE score must be submitted with the application.

Although evaluation of these objective criteria is an important aspect of the admission process, it is equally important for an applicant to prepare an application package carefully and thoughtfully as all relevant factors are considered in the admissions decision.

The admissions process also evaluates an applicant’s goals, writing skills, motivation, experiences and activities. Factors such as graduate study and professional credentials may be considered. Applications will only be reviewed when a complete application package and GMAT/GRE results (if required) are received. The GMAT/GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The GMAT/GRE Bulletin explaining the test, dates and location can be obtained by visiting, or by calling ETS at 1-800-462-8669. Scores are valid for five years. The applicant is responsible for assembling and submitting the following elements of the application package to the Graduate and Continuing Education Admissions office at The College of Saint Rose:

•     A completed application form with the required application fee;

•     Official sealed transcripts from all schools attended;

•     If required, original GMAT/GRE results should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions at The College of Saint Rose (code number: 2091);

•     Two sealed academic and/or professional recommendations;

•     Personal essay; and

•     A current resume.

Under special conditions, candidates whose application packages are incomplete may be admitted as non-degree students at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. Students planning to seek degree status should not take more than two courses under the non-degree status, because only two courses taken as a non-degree student can be credited toward the degree.

International students should also refer to information on Admission of International Students in the Admission section of this catalog.

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