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Program Overview

You’ve heard the buzzwords: analytics, big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Did you know that today’s leading companies use these tools to make vital business decisions daily? Business analytics is currently one of the most popular areas in any business segment. Through the Fairfield Dolan business analytics major, students learn about these modern tools and apply them to various business scenarios in the areas of finance, marketing, accounting, and management.

Coursework offers students valuable hands-on experience, and most courses include a semester-long team project, which can involve real organizations as clients. Students will learn analytics methods, database systems, business intelligence, data mining, and project management skills.

Fairfield Dolan Rankings

#3
Best Colleges for Business in Connecticut
- Niche
#9
Best Colleges for Business Majors
- 2019 Money Magazine
#28
Best Schools for Business Majors
- 2020 PayScale

Requirements

Business Analytics Major

Business analytics is an application of new methods and insights to business problems using data, apps, statistical models, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. A variety of industries need capable individuals who can take on positions to collect, analyze, and interpret data in order to make sound business decisions. Being a popular field among recruiters, the Fairfield Dolan business analytics major was designed to either to complement a student’s existing major or to serve as a standalone major. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average in all business analytics and information systems courses.

BUAN 3210 Business Analytics Methods
BUAN 3260 Database Systems
BUAN 4310 Business Intelligence
BUAN 4315 Data Mining and Applications
BUAN 4999 Business Analytics Capstone
Select one elective course in Business Analytics or Information Systems

Business Analytics Minor

Business analytics refers to the skills, technologies, applications, and practices for continuous exploration and investigation of past business performance to gain insight and drive business planning. Business analytics professionals focus on developing and applying new insights and understanding for solving business problems based on data and statistical techniques.

BUAN 2101 Business Analytics
BUAN 3210 Business Analytics Methods
BUAN 3260 Database Systems
BUAN 4315 Data Mining and Applications
Course Prerequisite(s)
MA 217 Statistics N/A
BUAN 2101 Business Analytics MA 217 Statistics
BUAN 3210 Business Analytics Methods BUAN 2101 Business Analytics
BUAN 3260 Database Systems BUAN 2101 Business Analytics
BUAN 4310 Business Intelligence BUAN 3210 Business Analytics Methods

BUAN 3260 Database Systems
BUAN 4315 Data Mining and Applications BUAN 3210 Business Analytics Methods

BUAN 3260 Database Systems
BUAN 4999 Business Analytics Capstone All of the above
Elective Course (in Business Analytics OR Information Systems – Select one (1))
Python Applications for Business Analytics
Systems Analysis and Logical Design
Project Management
N/A

Internships

The vibrant business community in the tri-state area offers many exciting opportunities for you to work as an intern during the academic year or during the summer. There are more than 2,000 companies in Fairfield County, and nearly 150 Fortune 500 Companies have headquarters here. In addition, the proximity of Fairfield University to New York City and Boston provides many internship opportunities in business analytics especially in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing, and insurance.

In addition to helping you reinforce knowledge learned in the classroom, an internship can be a great resume builder, as many employers value past work experience. The opportunity to "test-drive" a possible career choice is just one of the many advantages of doing an internship. Student interns are supervised by a faculty member, an on-site mentor, and have assistance from the Dolan Career Development Center. Students can earn three to six credits through internships. 92% of Dolan graduating seniors completed at least one internship and the average number of internships per student is 2.3; 75% of these internships were paid (class of 2019).

Learn more about internship opportunities through the Dolan Career Development Center.

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Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business boasts experienced faculty who teach students the fundamentals, ethics, and new developments in business on a local and global scale, supported by our amazing administration.

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