Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about our Master of Science in business intelligence and analytics program. Don’t hesitate to contact our admissions team if you have any other questions or needs at 816-501-4632 or gradbusiness@rockhurst.edu.

When will my classes meet?

Classes meet once per week from 5:45 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Most students attend class two evenings per week.

How is the program structured?

Five, eight-week terms are offered during the year. 

How long will it take to earn my M.S. in business intelligence and analytics degree?

Most students enroll part-time, completing the program in two years.

When can I start?

RU offers five different entry points, allowing you to begin the program in January, March, June, August or October.

What are the program prerequisites?
  • Linear and Multivariate Models, BUS 6309 (2 credit hours)
  • Databases for Analytics, BUS 6314 (2 credit hours)
  • Introduction to R, BUS 6311 (.5 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Python, BUS 6312 (.5 credit hours)

Visit our prerequisites page for more information and course descriptions.

What electives are available?

See a sampling of the available electives.

How do I pay for classes? Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. We suggest all students complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible. Rockhurst University also has several payment programs if you are paying for the program without student loans.

When can I meet with an adviser?

Once you've completed the application and submitted all official transcripts to Rockhurst, the admission department will contact you to arrange an appointment with the academic adviser.

Am I able to use my alumni discount for classes in the M.S. in business intelligence and analytics program?

With a bachelor's degree, you are able to take undergraduate classes with the alumni discount but not graduate level classes.  If you completed a graduate degree at Rockhurst University you may take undergraduate and undergraduate courses using the alumni discount.  More information may be found here

How does the alumni discount work?

The alumni discount allows students to take one class each semester at a reduced tuition cost.  The half-off tuition price is per semester or 3 classes a year, not per 8 week term.  Students will complete an alumni discount form with the adviser and are able to register for a class two weeks before the term begins if space is available.  If the class is full, students using the alumni discount form will be unable to register.  Alumni discounted courses must be paid for on the day of registration and are not eligible to be covered with federal student loans.

What does AACSB accreditation mean?

AACSB stands for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and is the benchmark of quality for business education worldwide. Earning and maintaining AACSB accreditation is a comprehensive, demanding process. To learn more about AACSB accreditation, visit www.aacsb.edu/accreditation.