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Business Intelligence and Analytics Major

See the big picture of business through the lens of data.

In today’s world, data steers decisions, influencing both our daily lives and the strategies of businesses, regardless of their scale. At Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, our Business Intelligence and Analytics major, accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), is your gateway to immersing yourself in the data-driven landscape. But we go beyond traditional boundaries. Our major encompasses the entirety of business — spanning from accounting and finance to marketing and management. It’s not just about business intelligence (BI) and analytics; it’s about understanding the bigger picture.

Business is an ever-evolving realm. Unlike a static textbook-based approach, our curriculum is crafted to cater to the demands of contemporary business. Guided by a faculty with extensive field experience and close ties to industry experts, you’ll gain practical insights into analytical tools and techniques. Through hands-on experience, you’ll develop machine learning models to aid tangible business decisions, determine the optimal analytical methods, and harness real-world data to cultivate a pragmatic mindset. Our program doesn’t just teach you concepts; it equips you with skills that the business world truly values.

Integrity is an indispensable trait in both the realm of business and data. Rooted in our Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s empowers learners to embrace ethical service and leadership. Within our program, you’ll not only gain proficiency but also cultivate character. You’ll be primed to take on leadership roles characterized by both competence and integrity, contributing to a world where data-driven decisions align with ethical principles.

In a world where data is king, it’s not just about understanding numbers; it’s about understanding the intricate interplay between data and values. Join us on a transformative journey where data-driven insights are the cornerstone of modern business, and ethical principles guide your path to leadership. Apply now to dive into the world of Business Intelligence and Analytics on the Winona campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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Program Highlights


  • Saint Mary’s Business Intelligence and Data Analytics major is accredited by the prestigious International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), underscoring our commitment to excellence and best practices in business education.
  • Gain hands-on learning experiences with access to state-of-the-art software used by working data analysts in the real world of business.
  • Ignite your creativity in our cutting-edge Aquinas Hall makerspace, where you can invent, create, and learn.
  • Consider this program if you are interested in pursuing application to law school.
  • Personalize your journey with 19 different minors. Learn more.

What You'll Learn

  • Fundamental business concepts, theories, and practices
  • Business environmental factors at domestic and global levels
  • Legal and ethical business principles; applications of business decision-making
  • Business-related quantitative methods and tools to aid decision-making
  • Effectively work with diverse colleagues in team situations
  • Hands-on experience with these critical and need-to-know programs and languages: Microsoft Access, Excel, Tableau, Visual Basic, SQL, R Programming, VBA, SQL, SEO

Internship Lands Alumni at U.S. Bank

Bradley Hill B’19 landed at U.S. Bank after a successful business analyst internship at the company during his junior year at Saint Mary’s, where he studied business intelligence and data analytics and minored in math.

As a product manager for robotics process automation in U.S. Bank’s Global Treasury Department, Hill’s academic journey at Saint Mary proved to lead him down the right path.


Your journey towards a brighter future starts here. Whether you’re a high school graduate starting your college search — or a transfer student eager to find the perfect fit — Saint Mary’s is committed to helping you find your place in the world.

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Careers that look to the future.

Business intelligence and analytics careers have sparked a hot hiring market. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated 11.5 million data job openings will be created by 2026. And because qualified professionals are difficult to find, these analytics jobs have high-paying salaries.2

IT analyst


Database manager


Business analyst.


Job growth rate between 2020-2030

News and Information from the School of Business and Technology


Published on: 2024-02-05
Published on: 2024-02-01

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Thirty fastest growing occupations projected to account for 19 percent of new jobs from 2016 to 2026
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