Helzberg School M.S.-BIA FAQs

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?

On-campus classes meet once per week from 5:45 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Online coursework is completed on a weekly basis on the student's schedule.

How is the program structured?

Five, eight-week terms are offered during the year with entry points each January, March, June, August or October. 

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 about two years.  An accelerated option can allow students to complete the program in 1 1/2 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?

  • Statistics and Machine Learning, BIA 6201 (2 credit hours)

  • Databases for Analytics, BIA 6314 (2 credit hours)

  • Introduction to R, BIA 6311 (.5 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Python, BIA 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.

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 graduate 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

For more information about the suite of graduate business programs from Helzberg, please click here: School of Management Programs.