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Earn a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Data Analytics.

Business Administration: Data Analytics Overview

Gain the skills you need to complete in a data-driven environment.

Technological and cultural innovation over the past several years have led to an astronomical increase in data and our ability to utilize it as a more objective, decision-making tool in business.

Mercy College’s B.S. in Data Analytics provides students with the understanding and skills they need to compete in the 21st century’s data-driven business environment.

Students will interact with faculty members actively working in the industry in order to develop applied skills in working with data to generate solid business insights and strategies.

Business Administration major with a specialization in Data Analytics.

Career Opportunities

It’s no surprise that technology has increased the velocity and volume of data humans are creating every second and the need to convert data into meaningful information only continues to grow in importance. Whether you’re interested in focusing specifically on analytics or not, you’ll likely be required to possess analytical skills across a number of job functions that previously haven’t focused on it.

Data Analysts are employed throughout companies and organizations for a multitude of specialized purposes (finance, marketing, accounting, HR, operations, supply chain management, etc.). 

Data analysts are some of the most sought-after professionals in the business world today.

What is Data Analytics?

Data Analytics is the field of business focused on utilizing quantitative information (data) to make strategic business decisions. This is an important distinction between Data Sciences (Computer Sciences), which focuses on utilizing data to commoditize a process, create a product, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

What skills do data analysts need?

Data Analytics is an incredibly multi-faceted role and Data Analysts master a broad scope of skills such as Statistics, Graphic Design, Programming, Psychology, etc. The most common misconception about anything data is that it’s mostly about numbers or math. Data Analytics is also a highly creative field and analysts enjoy plenty of diversity in functions.

What if I need help in registering and selecting classes?

You may call the undergraduate School of Business office at 914-674-7479 to set up an appointment for advisement.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Establish and utilize analytical frameworks for isolating insights from data

  • Orally and visually communicate complex quantitative data for informative purposes and persuasive purposes

  • Recognize ethical issues in data collection, manipulation and interpretation

  • Demonstrate an understanding of data modeling, predictive analytics and forecasting

  • Utilize various technological platforms (Excel, SQL, Tableau, R, etc.) in exploratory analytics

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how data is used and managed throughout an organization

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Bachelor of Science
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
ECON 125, 210, 220, 221, and 230, MATH 116 and MATH/CIS 131 are prerequisites for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirements.

Core and Specialization

Business Administration Core: 30 Credits
Specialization: 18 Credits
Open Electives: 12 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.

 

Business Administration Core

Students who choose the major concentration in Business Administration with a specialization in Data Analytics must complete:

  • ACCT 120 Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 121 Intro to Management Accounting
  • ECON 210 Business Report Writing and Presentations
  • FINC 235 Financial Management
  • INBU 250 International Business
  • BLAW 240 Business Law I or ENTR 250 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 255 Info Systems for Mgmt or ACCT 261 Computer App for Accountants
  • ANLC 250 Introduction to Data Analytics
  • MKTG 220 Principles of Marketing

 

Specialization*

(Select four of the following five courses)

  • ANLC 310 Communicating with Data
  • ANLC 320 Applied Statistics with R and SPSS
  • ANLC 330 Relational Database Management with SQL
  • ANLC 410 Social Media Analytics or ANLC 420 Econometrics
  • ANLC 450 Data Analytics Capstone (Mandatory Senior-Level Capstone Course)

Open Electives

Any five courses

*There is a 15-credit residency requirement in the major which must be satisfied by Business Administration courses numbered 295 and above. 

Students who do not have full-time jobs should try to use their open electives for internships.