Business Analytics & Information Systems Major

Information and technology are at the center of our daily lives and transforming all aspects of business. With Suffolk’s new Business Analytics & Information Systems (BAIS) major, you’ll master a wide range of applications and software systems and learn how to bridge the gap between data science and foundational business decision-making skills.

US News and World Report Best Undergraduate Business Programs, 2022-2023 logoWhile completing your coursework in the BAIS program, you’ll learn where and how data is stored, design a database and run queries, conduct simple data analysis, write basic program functions for data analysis or application development, and prepare for a career in emerging and evolving industries. Additionally, we have designed our courses and program to enable you to gain the skills to complete many industry-recognized certifications, including MS Office Excel, SAP, Google Analytics, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and more that will set you apart when you’ve completed your studies.

Why Business Analytics & Information Systems?

The BAIS major is anything but a cookie-cutter curriculum. Suffolk takes a unique approach in this program by offering you flexibility in deciding your own educational and experiential journey. With the BAIS, you can tailor your course selection with the available concentrations. No matter which concentration you choose, you’ll gain knowledge on fundamental database management, programming, and basic data analytics in courses that cover both business and management skills as well as gaining hands-on knowledge of high-demand technologically focused topics.

Plus, as a STEM-designated program, international students are able to extend their OPT by two years after graduation from the BAIS program at Suffolk.

Program Concentrations

Study data mining concepts and the use of analytics tools and methods for producing business knowledge and learn to turn that data into business insights to improve business decision-making. As part of the Business Analytics concentration, you’ll develop skills with tools such as MS Excel, Tableau, SQL and SAP Business Warehouse and learn the programming language “R” to apply your predictive analytics skills to interpret statistical data into actionable information.

Explore cloud computing services, applications, and best practices and learn how cloud computing helps users develop a global infrastructure to support organizational needs. As part of the Information Systems concentration, you’ll also cover the concepts, techniques, and tools useful for the analysis, design, and implementation of technology-oriented business information systems to support the development and invention of innovative, supportive technological systems.

Analyze and evaluate data privacy risks and management challenges facing individuals and organizational data. You’ll also learn how to design and evaluate solutions to protect the data and various data privacy regulations and then build on that knowledge with experiential learning of security technologies such as biometrics, firewalls, intrusion detection systems and cryptography systems in hands-on lab exercises to connect theory to practice.

Develop problem-solving and basic programming skills while you learn how to design, build, and optimize cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5 standards and other programming languages while gaining an understanding of the application of technology to financial services in various ways.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

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