Business Analytics, BS

The Business Analytics joint concentration between the OID and STAT departments is designed to build deep competency in the skills needed to implement and oversee data-driven business decisions, including (i) collecting, managing, and describing datasets, (ii) forming inferences and predictions from data, and (iii) making optimal and robust decisions. Business analytics makes extensive use of statistical analysis, and the applications of business analytics span all functional areas.

Students choosing the Business Analytics concentration are ideally suited for the growing set of careers broadly defined under the header of “data science” with responsibilities for managing and analyzing data. In addition, the concentration provides an excellent complement to students who choose to focus on one of the functional areas of business (e.g., accounting, finance, marketing, operations).

Business Analytics Concentration

Complete one course unit of Advanced Data Analysis competency1
Forensic Analytics
Applied Data Analysis
Applied Machine Learning 1
Machine Learning 1
Big Data Analytics
Foundations of Data Science
Data and Analysis for Marketing Decisions
Models for Marketing Strategy
Special Topics: Experiments for Business Decision Making
Special Topics - Marketing Analytics
Applied Probability Models in Marketing
Intro to Analytics and the Digital Economy
Analytics and the Digital Economy
Enabling Technologies
Decision Support Systems
Statistical Computing with R
Predictive Analytics for Business
Forecasting Methods for Management
Data Analytics and Statistical Computing
Modern Data Mining
Modern Regression for the Social, Behavioral and Biological Sciences
Sample Survey Design
Applied Econometrics I
Complete one course unit of Data Collection competency 1
Forensic Analytics
Database and Information Systems
Big Data Analytics
Special Topics: Experiments for Business Decision Making
Special Topics - Marketing Analytics
Analytics in Excel VBA
Intro to Analytics and the Digital Economy
Analytics and the Digital Economy
Business Computer Languages
Enabling Technologies
Statistical Computing with R
Predictive Analytics for Business
Data Analytics and Statistical Computing
Modern Data Mining
Sample Survey Design
Complete one course unit of Optimization competency 1
Intro to Linear, Nonlinear and Integer Optimization
Technology Management, Information and the Digital Economy
Analytics for Service Operations
Scaling Operations in Technology Ventures: Linking Strategy and Execution
Analytics and the Digital Economy
Introduction to Management Science
Computer Simulation Models
Mathematical Modeling and its Application in Finance
Forecasting Methods for Management
Complete one additional course unit from above BUAN electives or the equivalent from the following:1
Big Data, Big Responsibilities: The Law and Ethics of Business Analytics
Advanced Decision Systems: Evolutionary Computation
Operations Strategy Practicum
Other Wharton Requirements33
Total Course Units37

Students can count only one of the two courses (CIS 4190/5190 or CIS 5200) towards the Business Analytics concentration.

Other Wharton Requirements

First-Year Foundations
ECON 0110 11
MATH 1400Calculus, Part I1
or MATH 1100 Calculus for Wharton Students
Critical Writing Seminar1
Business Breadth (non-concentration courses)3
Leadership Journey
WH 1010Business and You0.5
WH 2010Business Communication for Impact0.5
MGMT 3010Teamwork and Interpersonal Influence0.5
Capstone Course/Project0.5
ACCT 1010Accounting and Financial Reporting1
ACCT 1020Strategic Cost Analysis1
BEPP 2500Managerial Economics1
FNCE 1000Corporate Finance1
FNCE 1010Monetary Economics and the Global Economy1
LGST 1000Ethics and Social Responsibility1
or LGST 1010 Law and Social Values
MKTG 1010Introduction to Marketing1
OIDD 1010An Introduction to Operations, Information and Decisions1
STAT 1010Introductory Business Statistics1
STAT 1020Introductory Business Statistics1
Global Economy, Business & Society
One course unit required1
Technology, Innovation & Analytics
One course unit required1
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Second semester-level foreign language1
General Education Distribution
Select 6 courses with at least 1 course unit in each of the following categories:6
Natural Science, Math & Engineering
Social Science
Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Select 3 courses 23
Unrestricted Electives
Select five courses5
Total Course Units33

For students who take ECON 0100 Introduction to Micro Economics and ECON 0200 Introductory Economics: Macro in place of ECON 0110 of these courses can be slotted for ECON 0110 on the worksheet. The second course may be used to fulfill a General Education Distribution or Unrestricted Elective requirement.


Two can double-count as General Education Distribution courses. 

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.