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Business Analytics Major

Business analytics takes a data-driven approach to the world of business, using statistics and data modeling to develop new business insights. As a business analytics major you will learn the scientific process of using data to make better decisions in various areas of organization, not-for-profit and government entities.

The analytics courses offered at Grand View are taught by industry-experienced professionals to ensure that students learn problem solving skills, translation of business problems into analytical frameworks, business intelligence and predictive analytics – all skills that are sought after by employers.

You will learn to address real-world problems and challenges. After graduating, you will be equipped with the skills needed to become an in-demand data-driven decision maker. The analytics programs at Grand View feature 1-1 mentorship and support from faculty, the building of an analytics portfolio and a capstone project.

A degree in Business Analytics emphasizes skills in business, computer science, communication and statistics.

You will be ready to succeed in our data-driven world! 

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  Bachelor's Certificate Certificate 
Format Full-time Full-time Part-time
Location Des Moines, Iowa Des Moines, Iowa Des Moines, Iowa
Program Length 4 years 2 semesters 3 semesters
Degree Checklist VIEW VIEW Same as full-time certificate

Wondering whether you should pursue business analytics, computer science, or management information systems?

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Why Grand View?

  • Business analytics is one of the fastest growing occupations in Iowa (Iowa Workforce Development) 
  • There are more business analytics jobs available than data science jobs
  • A solid mix of core competencies the industry seeks both in business analytic and application perspectives
  • An interdisciplinary program with faculty collaborating across departments
  • Valuable internships in Des Moines
Career Options

Graduates will be able to seek positions at both large and small companies. There is a high demand for data-driven decision makers in all sectors from agriculture to health care to government.

Rewarding careers can be found in the following jobs:

  • Analytics Consultant
  • Analytics, Visualization & Insight Manager
  • Consumer and Market Knowledge Manager
  • Data Analytics & Reporting Manager
  • Data Curator
  • Data Wrangler
  • Digital Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Management Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Product Analyst
  • Sales Analyst
  • Sports Analyst
  • Workforce Analytics Manager


Course Requirements

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Program Philosophy

Dr. Oscar AguilarDr. Oscar Aguilar

“Being an analytics professional is like being a detective. You will be investigating and knocking on several doors. Often, the first doors will not take you anywhere; however, after a few tries you will knock on the right door and hit home run!"

Did You Know?

If you pursue a career in Business Analytics, your role will not be the same as a data scientist!

A data science position, such as business intelligence architect, systems analyst, data engineer, data warehouse specialist, or data mining analyst, requires more technical skills. A data scientist’s main goal is to ask questions and locate potential avenues of study. They predict potential trends and find better ways to analyze information, accomplishing this by using techniques that combine computer science, statistics, and machine learning to parse through and explore massive, disparate, and disconnected data sets.

A business analyst concentrates on processing, analyzing, and visualizing information. Their main goal is to discover actionable insights for current problems in a number of business areas like HR, marketing, customer service, and operations.

Career Growth

The demand for professionals with business analytics skills is growing, fueled by four main trends:

  1. A shift toward data-driven organizations and data-driven decision-making (commonly reported as “big data" initiatives)
  2. The exponential growth of structured and unstructured data due to widespread usage of mobile devices, cloud computing and social media
  3. The shift in business computing from "transaction processing" to "interaction processing," whereby customer and business partner engagement are facilitated by a growing array of IT-based platforms and associated experiences
  4. Significant improvements in data software and systems.

Business and governments need sharp, savvy professionals — such as data scientists, data architects, data modelers, data visualizers, and data infrastructure operators — who can help them manage and provide clarity to a potentially overwhelming volume of data.  The starting annual salary for a business analyst averages around $65,000 in recent years.


Oscar Aguilar
Dr. Oscar Aguilar

Assistant Professor of Analytics

Susan Andersen

Lecturer of Business Administration

Dr. Ryan Anderson
Dr. Ryan Anderson

Professor of Business Administration

Tom Annis
Thomas Annis

Lecturer of Finance

Hamid Awan

Lecturer of Business Administration

Dr. Kip Bottenfield
Dr. Kip Bottenfield

Professor of Business Admin

Scott Bull
Dr. Scott Bull

Associate Professor of Business Admin

Edward Bull

Lecturer of Business Administration

Benjamin Canham

Lecturer of Business Administration

Dr. Terri Deems

Lecturer of Business Administration

Laura Eaton
Laura Eaton

Lecturer of Business Administration

Brenda Gill

Lecturer of Business Administration

Dr. David Hannum

Lecturer of Business Administration

James Henscheid


Mark Hicks


Shelley Hill

Administrative Assistant

Sandra Jennings-Hammond

Lecturer of Business Administration

Kayleigh Jones

Lecturer of Business Administration

Dr. Shannon Juergens
Dr. Shannon Juergens

Assoc Prof of Bus Admin & Dept Chair

Dashle Kelley

Assistant Professor of Finance

Laura Kinnard

Lecturer of Business Administration

Jeffrey Knight


Paul Leavenworth
Paul Leavenworth

Lecturer of Business Administration

Bonnie Leonhardt


Jacob Lovell

Lecturer of Business Administration

Randy Mead

Lecturer of Business Administration

Mike Miller

Lecturer of Business Administration

Doug Mitchell

Instructor of Analytics

Roger Nowadzky
Roger Nowadzky

Lecturer of Business Administration

John Peterson

Lecturer of Business Administration

Renee Pile

Lecturer of Business Administration

Sarah Roemer-Engquist

Lecturer of Business Administration

Mark Slavich
Dr. Mark Slavich

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Bradley Smerage

Lecturer of Business Administration

Levi Stacey

Lecturer of Business Administration

Mark Szymula

Lecturer of Business Administration

Ronald Tekippe

Lecturer of Business Administration

Thomas Turner

Lecturer of Business Administration

Mark Weatherly

Lecturer of Business Administration

Dmitry Yarushkin
Dmitry Yarushkin

Prof of Prac of Bus Admin, Level III

Dr. Alec Zama
Dr. Alec Zama

Professor of Business Admin/Econ

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