Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics


The demand for data analysts has skyrocketed. Whether on campus or online, launch your career with an MS-BIA from Rockhurst.


Offered on campus and online through Rockhurst’s AACSB-accredited Helzberg School of Management, this program will provide you with the skills and experience you need to tap into valuable jobs in the growing field of data science. Students learn the technical skills behind statistical modeling, machine learning, computer science, predictive modeling and cutting-edge data visualization while continuously applying these skills to real business problems, providing the skills you need to be successful in a corporate environment. Graduates are not only technically savvy, but are also prepared to effectively communicate advanced data topics to managers and colleagues with less technical expertise.


Online Masters Experience

Quality continues to be a main concern with online education, so we work tirelessly to ensure Rockhurst's online offerings meet high standards — beginning with the online course design. As an institutional subscriber to Quality Matters, all MS-BIA online courses are designed with QM standards and undergo a thorough quality review process. The result is all classes demonstrate best practices for online course design and are complete and ready for delivery by the beginning of each semester. Our online-certified faculty are trained in tested good practices in online pedagogy, as well in web conferencing tools and additional software products used by the University.

Virtual Data Science Classroom

Our online graduate students participate in the virtual classroom through the Canvas learning management system. Canvas provides you with a password-protected online classroom in which you will submit your work and communicate with instructors and classmates. As with any classroom, it is a changing environment – expect each module to apply different tools and techniques. Join in, ask questions and participate as you would in any classroom.

I entered the Rockhurst MS-BIA program not having any background in programming or data analytics. Just a bit over halfway through the program I was offered a position at an organization doing pretty much my dream job.

– Nathaniel Bozarth, MSBIA '20

Data Science Jobs in High Demand

Organizations today exist in a world of data. Businesses are challenged to determine patterns in complex data, perform analytical monitoring and then use the information to confidently answer vital business questions. However, the availability of highly qualified professionals trained in data science continues to fall short of the demand. According to a recent analysis by IBM, demand for data scientists and advanced business analysts will rise 28% by 2020. That’s where our Business Intelligence and Analytics masters degree comes in.

Data Scientist Salary Outlook

The starting salary for a data scientist in the U.S. ranges from $95,000 to $118,000 depending on the level of technical complexity. According to Burtch Works’ 2018 study of data scientist salaries, the more people you manage the more salary you will earn. For example, those who managed 1-3 people earned a median annual salary of $145,000, while those responsible for a team of 10+ earned $250,000.

Kansas City – A Data Hub

As a Rockhurst student, you can expect to connect with local executives looking for your expertise in companies such as Cerner, BKD, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AMC Theaters, Swiss Re, DST Systems, Sprint, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and more. Kansas City, Missouri, is a data-rich region, home to these companies as well as a number of engineering and health care firms producing significant amounts of data. With our MS-BIA under your belt and strong connections to area experts, it’s okay to get excited about your job and salary prospects.

Personal and Professional Development

Advance your career while you advance your education. Professional business coaches help you analyze your current position or career goals and then guide you to apply classroom experiences. This forward-thinking program ensures you will graduate with a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics, paving a clear path for furthering your career.




Employers take notice of applicants from AACSB-accredited programs such as Rockhurst University. To earn this prestigious accreditation, Rockhurst meets rigorous, relevant and carefully reviewed standards. With fewer than five percent of the world’s 13,000 business programs earning AASCB accreditation, graduating from an accredited program is a powerful differentiator for leading jobs. In fact, Rockhurst’s Helzberg School of Management is the region’s only private, AACSB accredited school.

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