Business Analytics

We’re empowering future leaders in data-driven decision-making.

Data is at the heart of modern business strategy, influencing everything from operational efficiency to market penetration. At Mount Mary our Business Analytics program delves into how data shapes business performance, competitive advantage, and innovation.

We prepare students to tackle real-world business challenges with data-driven solutions, equipping them with the analytical skills needed to transform industries and foster economic growth. Our curriculum is designed to create leaders who can leverage analytics to drive business decisions and craft a healthier economic future.


Career Outcomes

Business Analyst
Work in various industries, such as finance, healthcare, or technology, analyzing business processes and data to improve efficiency and profitability. Develop and implement solutions using data-driven insights to inform strategy and operations. Business Analysts often hold a bachelor's degree, but many pursue a master’s degree to advance their careers.

Data Analyst
Data Analysts are employed in every sector, from government agencies to private corporations. They scrutinize and interpret data sets, translating them into actionable insights. They also use statistical tools and methodologies to support decision-making processes, improve business performance, and predict future trends. Data Analysts usually have a strong background in statistics, mathematics, or computer science.

Risk Analyst
Specialize in identifying and assessing potential risks that could threaten the financial health or operational integrity of an organization. Risk Analysts use statistical analysis, predictive modeling, and risk assessment tools to mitigate and manage these risks. Risk Analysts often work in finance, insurance, or consulting sectors and usually require a degree in finance, economics, or a related field.

Business Intelligence Analyst / Developer
Work within organizations to design and implement systems that gather, store, and analyze data to support business decision-making processes. They create dashboards, reports, and data visualizations to help businesses understand their performance and market trends. A Business Intelligence Analyst/Developer typically has a background in computer science, information technology, or a related field, often complemented by knowledge of business operations.

Skills and Industry Alignment

There are no formal industry certifications tied into this program, however, it does lean into key skills that are used in nearly every data role in the world today.

  • Tableau: This is a business intelligence platform and data visualization tool with widespread adoption throughout the Fortune 500 and tech startups alike. It allows analysts to visualize and combine large sets of data to glean insights and make recommendations.
  • SQL & Databases: This lightweight programming language is the bread and butter of business data today. Creating queries with SQL enables students to pull specific data points from databases so it can then be further manipulated and analyzed with a tool like Excel or Tableau.
  • Visualizations & Excel: Most people know Excel for the spreadsheets, but it’s also a commonly used tool to create data visualizations for presentations at work. We’ll make sure students are comfortable with this tool and can apply it within their portfolio of work.


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What’s the difference between these programs / How do I know it’s a good fit for me?
There is a huge demand for data professionals, so whether it’s Business Analytics or Data Science, there are excellent careers waiting on the other side of graduation. Business Analytics, however, is not just about data –– It involves both business communications and problem solving, whereas Data Science is far more focused on independent coding
work. You’ll need a basic statistics knowledge for these roles, but you’ll also need to understand
how people and businesses work in order to connect the dots. You don’t need to be a math all-star for this.
Can I work in data if I don’t love math?
You do not need to be a mathlete to be successful in Business Analytics. There are still minimum math requirements, but the approach is far more holistic and leverages everything from design to interpersonal skills. Strategic, “connect the dot” thinkers will thrive here.
What industries can I work in?
In today’s world, there is demand for analysts in just about every industry. Professional Sports Leagues, Marketing, Oil & Gas, Green Energy, Pharmaceuticals, or Real Estate. In just about every sector there are open positions for data analysts. This provides a huge amount of choice for graduates, but also security because it’s possible to have multiple backup plans in this career.

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