Information Systems Department

Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence


Business intelligence (BI) aims to support better business decision-making by providing both internal data and external data in a useful and usable format. Using BI, decision makers are able to examine the value of business processes and products while watching for competitive opportunities in the marketplace. It includes the computer-based systems that identify, extract, combine, and analyze data necessary to drive business. BI technologies provide historical, descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive views of business operations such as sales revenue by products and/or departments, or by associated costs and incomes. Common functions of business intelligence technologies are the development of dashboards, online analytical processing, analytics, data mining, process mining, complex event processing, business performance management, benchmarking, text mining, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics. Gartner Research has collected data that reveals that the global market for BI products and services exceeded $10 billion in 2010 and robust growth is expected over next five years. BI skills have also been ranked among the top five technology skills that will be in demand over the next decade. Further, there is an acute nationwide shortage of Business Intelligence professionals. Therefore, given the facts that the BI field is growing rapidly and these skills, are in high demand, a certificate in BI will help favorably differentiate UMSL and its graduates.

The UMSL Certificate in BI will blend the College of Business' traditions of solid analytics and information systems to produce this unique program. Students will get exposure to both the systems and analytics components of BI, but will specialize in one dimension through the choice of electives. The program culminates in an internship in which the student works on a real BI project so they appreciate the difficulties of large-scale, unstructured data and the need for nuanced solutions.

The Certificate has the support and guidance of the IS Advisory Board. These industry representatives are working with the faculty to ensure the coverage is appropriate through guest speakers, projects and internships. Graduates of this program will have the skills and experience needed to succeed in businesses and government.


Because coursework taken in a graduate certificate program can be applied to graduate degree requirements, admission requires application for graduate study at UMSL, submission of previous college transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and satisfactory GMAT score or request for a waiver. International students must also supply a satisfactory TOEFL score.


Required Courses (12 hours) (click here for prerequisite structure)
Inf Sys 6833 - Decision Support Systems for Business Intelligence Inf Sys 6849 - Data Warehouse Design & Implementation Log OM 6345 - Analytics and Data Mining Inf Sys 6851 - Practicum in Business Intelligence

Electives (two from either track, 6 hours)

     Analytics Track  (click  here for prerequisite structure)

Acct 5400 - Financial & Managerial Accounting
Acct 5401 - Financial Reporting & Analysis
Fin 6521 - Introduction to Derivatives
Fin 6580 - International Financial Management
Log OM 5320 - Production and Operations Management
Log OM 5322 - Lean Production
Log OM 5354 - Simulation for Managerial Decision Making
Log OM 6330 - Business Logistics Systems
Log OM 6331 - Logistics & Supply Chain Operational Modeling
Log OM 6332 - Logistics & Supply Chain Strategic Modeling
Log OM 6350 - Management Science Methods
Log OM 7300 - Statistical Modeling
Mgmt 5625 - Selected Topics in Human Resource Management
Mktg 5740 - Marketing and Business Research

     Systems Development Track (click here for prerequisite structure)

Inf Sys 6806 - Object Oriented Programming
Inf Sys 6808 - Web Applications For Business
Inf Sys 6837 - Information Systems Architecture
Inf Sys 6838 - Business Processes: Design, Management & Integration
Inf Sys 6840 - Information Systems Analysis
Inf Sys 6847 - Project Management
Inf Sys 6850 - Information Systems Design



For more information about the program, please send inquiries to information_systems AT For more information about admissions and scheduling, please send inquiries to our Graduate Business office, mba AT or 314-516-5885.