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Business Analytics

Business analysts are needed in nearly every industry. The Business Analytics major at the Shields School of Business teaches students how to use methods, tools, and software to transform data into information. The curriculum focuses on building skills and expertise in the areas of programming, statistics, data management, and data transformation and visualization.

  • Top 4 reasons to pursue a degree in Business Analytics at SFU:

    1. "Almost all jobs will touch data in some way" according to Tableau's “The State of Data Education”. With the widespread use of technological innovations, our society generates an ever-increasing amount of data.  Organizations of all types are increasingly searching for ways to leverage this new treasure trove of information. 
    2. Business Analytics paired with other degrees increases marketability. Shields allows you to achieve two degrees in just four years. Because analyzing data is a highly desired skill in all disciplines of business, adding a double major in Business Analytics to any other business major increases the degree's value and provides you an edge in every job market. View all popular double major options >
    3. Analytics provides the tools that can turn data into useful information. Data is often used to create new understanding, drive decisions, and plan strategic direction. Business executives ask for data-driven reviews of departments, programs, products, and people.  
    4. Nearly every industry relies on analytics to grow and succeed. Manufacturing professionals use data analytics to identify inefficiencies in routes, methods and processes. Entertainment and retail shopping services use analytics to provide real-time, tailored recommendations. Law enforcement analyzes trends in crime to deploy assets more effectively.  
    • Degree Options
    • Analytics B.S. + MBA
    • Career Opportunities
    • Analytics Curriculum
    Degree Options


    Many business students double-major to increase their marketability and career prospects. Learn more about double majoring >>


    • Data Analytics, Minor
      Analytics B.S. + MBA

      *Five-year Business Analytics to MBA Program, B.S.

      Students who wish to also complete their MBA can choose the "Five-Year Fast-Track" curriculum and achieve both an undergraduate Business Analytics B.S. and a MBA in five years. 

      Career Opportunities

      According to an October 2017 LinkedIn report, both “statistical analysis and data mining” and “data presentation” are among the top 10 skills sought by potential employers globally. Further, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks the professions of “statistician” and “operations research analyst” among its top 20 fastest growing professions

      Popular career opportunities for Business Analytics majors:

      • Management Analyst/Consultant
      • Data Scientist
      • Big Data Analytics Specialist
      • Research Analyst
      • Manager of Services or Manufacturing Operations
      • Data Analyst
      • Project Manager
      • Supply Chain Manager
      • Market Research Analyst
      Analytics Curriculum

      Like all of the majors in the Shields School of Business, the Business Analytics curriculum is built upon a strong foundation of business fundamental coursework in the domains of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and management. Along with completing coursework in the traditional foundational domains, business analytics students will develop competencies in the art and science of data analytics. Specifically, students in this program will complete courses to build skills and expertise in the areas of programming, statistics, data management, and data transformation and visualization.