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Master of Science in Business Intelligence

Richard Herschel, Ph.D., Chair, Decision and System Sciences

Patricia Rafferty, Ed.D Director

Virginia Miori, Ph.D Academic Coordinator

Karena Whitmore, Administrative Assistant


In the contemporary enterprise, the understanding of information systems, processes, and organizational knowledge is critical to success. The successful twenty-first century decision-maker will use this information for competitive advantage and for enterprise growth. The objective of the Master of Science in Business Intelligence Program (MSBI) in the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University is to provide the student with an enhanced foundation in both information technology and quantitative decision-making tools.

Program Objective

With both on-campus and online program models available, the goal of the Master of Science in Business Intelligence (MSBI) Program is to provide advanced and integrated business education in the fields of information systems and decision sciences. This program will provide more of the quantitative and technical backgrounds that business students need to better qualify for entry level and higher-level positions in fields where understanding of workflow assessment, data analyses and data-driven decision making are required.

The MSBI Program at Saint Joseph’s University is designed to equip students with:

  • The ability to develop business models for forecasting and business analysis. This requires the understanding of organizational flows of information and control as well as the impacts these flows have on operations.
  • Technical competence in Business Intelligence technologies. As technologies develop, the successful user and manager of these technologies must be constantly aware of developments in these areas.
  • Functional area expertise integrated with Business Intelligence technologies. It is critical for the competent professional to apply their competencies within a focused environment.
  • Integrated viewpoints of the enterprise. The understanding of how the pieces fit together for a complete organization provides the alternative views necessary to maximize overall organizational goals as well as functional area needs.

Students in the MSBI Program will be exposed to the latest applications and theories to add value to their organizations through the data, information, knowledge, processes, and communications technologies.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

In setting the admissions criteria for the MSBI Program, the intent is to accept only those students who have a high probability of successfully completing the program in Business Intelligence at Saint Joseph’s University.


  • A completed application form
  • Non-refundable $35 application fee
  • Official transcripts indicating receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores taken within five years of application. Waivers are available for certain master's degrees and professional certifications. Contact the Program Director for further details.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from former professors and/or employers
  • A written statement of academic or career goals
  • An affidavit of financial support for international applicants
  • A current resume

International applicants are no longer required to submit a credentials evaluation. Transcript evaluations will be performed by the Graduate Operations staff. However, applicants already possessing a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts are encouraged to submit this, along with original transcripts. For those who do not possess a course-by-course evaluation, an official record of all college and university academic studies and results of state and/or national examinations taken are required. Academic records must include the name of each individual course, the grade earned, and the grading scale used. Documents must be submitted in one’s native language with an official English translation. Foreign documents, credentials, and transcripts must be official (sealed and sent directly from the institution). Only originals or photocopies officially stamped and attested by a school official (Registrar, Principal, or Controller of Examinations) are accepted. Faxes, scanned, or notarized copies or copies attested by a department head cannot be accepted as official. All credentials submitted to the Graduate Operations Office become property of the University and cannot be returned.

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550, internet based TOEFL 80, or 213 on computerized test on the TOEFL is required to take any course in the Program. An official IELTS score of 6.5 or official PTE score of 60 is also acceptable. Foreign applicants seeking an F-1 student visa must also supply a statement of financial support.

Retention Processes and Policies

Statistics Proficiency

All students in the MSBI Program must demonstrate proficiency in statistics prior to the start of their second course in the program. This is done through an online learning module (Aleks). All students must compelte this module before their second course. Further details can be obtained from the MSBI Program Director or Academic Coordinator.

Grading, Probation, Dismissal, and Failure

The grading system in effect at SJU will apply to courses in the M.S. Program. Student advising will be the responsibility of the Program Director, but students are encouraged to share their academic and career expectations with members of the faculty who teach in the program.

As per the university guidelines for graduate study, students enrolled in the M.S. in Business Intelligence who receive a single grade of C or below for three (3) credit hours will be issued a warning. Students who receive a grade of C or below for six (6) credit hours will be placed on academic probation and will be so notified in writing by the Program Director. Students receiving a grade of C or below for nine credit hours will be dismissed from the program.

To graduate, students must fulfill all credit hour requirements for the M.S. degree. Each candidate for graduation must have at least 3.0 cumulative GPA, no more than two grades below a B, and no F grades outstanding in order to be certified for graduation.

Retention Processes and Policies

Students enrolled in the M.S. in Business Intelligence have six years to complete their M.S. degree from Saint Joseph’s University. This six-year limit begins with the student’s first core course. Extensions beyond this limit may be made only with the approval of the Program Director, and only for unusual and serious circumstances.

Students who exceed the time limit to complete the M.S. Program will be dismissed from the program. Such students must reapply for admission into the program as new students and start the program with no credit from previous courses taken.

Graduation/Commencement Policies

Students must complete all course requirements prior to graduation. Upon petition to the Program Director and the Office of the Registrar, students may be permitted to take part in commencement exercises if they will be completing their graduate studies by August.

Financial Assistance

A very limited number of graduate assistantships are available to full-time students who have been fully-admitted into the program. Students are responsible for securing such a position and, because of the very limited number of graduate assistantship positions; there is no implied guarantee that such a position will be available. In exchange for carrying out assigned duties of the assistantship, students receive tuition assistance as well as a monthly stipend. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Business Programs.