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Department of Management Information Systems

Business Data Analytics


  • / 30 Hours / Full or Part Time
  • / Online
  • / Completed in 3-5 semesters
  • / Start in Fall 
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Application deadlines:

Fall – May 1

Late applications accepted as space allows.

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The Business Data Analytics (BUDA) program at the Chambers College of Business and Economics is located at the intersection of prescriptive analytics and data science for business.  Prescriptive analytics uses techniques from operations research, operations management and global supply chain to help businesses achieve better outcomes.  Data science for business entails the use of data management technologies, data mining, machine learning and visualization techniques to help organizations better use the large-scale data they collect to optimize business outcomes.  Additionally, the curriculum lends itself to large scale data set analysis for problems such as sports management, healthcare research, or the investigation of solutions for societal issues. 

Students will have the knowledge and skills to demonstrate expertise in:

  • statistical techniques,
  • data mining,
  • database utilization, and
  • analytical tools. 

You will apply data analytics to decision making in organizations, improving performance metrics and measurement, risk indicators, assessment and response and compliance. 

BUDA graduate students will use business analytics to:

  • synthesize data trends,
  • identify competitive drivers,
  • successfully communicate the analysis and findings of an analytics initiative, and
  • use visualization tools and advanced presentation skills to facilitate data-driven decision making. 

All BUDA students work on experiential learning projects with companies and clients and present their results in a C-Suite level presentation at the conclusion of their capstone project. 

The mission of our program is to enhance a student’s ability to use analytics and data science techniques to support informed business decisions and increase organizational value.


Whether you are a veteran, a reservist, a National Guardsman, or still serving on active duty, West Virginia University is a great place to further your education. The Military Times ranked WVU as the 19th Best College for Vets in 2022. At WVU you will find faculty, staff, and students who want to support you and help you succeed.


West Virginia University has worked hard to make its programs affordable for military personnel and veterans. WVU is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, meaning that the university agrees to waive a portion of tuition not covered by the GI Bill. Unlike most universities, WVU participates in the program for all graduate and professional programs. Additionally, the John Chambers College of Business and Economics offers a $100 discount per credit hour to all current and former service personnel pursuing the Business Data Analytics program.

Program Highlights

$24,600 Total Cost for
30 Credit Hours

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