Erivan K. Haub School of Business

MS Business Intelligence & Analytics

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advantage/difference between enrolling in the Master of Business Intelligence & Analytics Program vs. an MBA with a concentration in business intelligence?

The MSBIA Program is a specialized Master's program, with a focused curriculum in business intelligence. It provides advanced business credentials, enabling professionals to build their business intelligence and analysis expertise to develop better strategies for their organization, thus adding value within a competitive marketplace. The curriculum allows professionals and future leaders to become better decision makers by finding success in their data by understanding the science that informs effective decisions. The Master of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics Program is designated as a STEM Program, offering students a myriad of professional opportunities available for disciplines associated with science, technology, engineering, and math.

Is Saint Joseph's University ranked and accredited?

Yes. Saint Joseph's University and the Erivan K. Haub School of Business hold some of the highest rankings available to universities in the world.  We are accredited by AACSB, an international accreditation given to the top 5% of business schools in the world. In addition to regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Saint Joseph's University and the Erivan K. Haub School of Business is ranked by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and The Aspen Institute.

Is the MSBIA Program full-time or part-time?

The MSBI Program offers students the opportunity to study on a part-time or full-time basis.  This program is ideal for working professionals because classes are offered in the evening. Part-time students take two courses per semester and complete the program in about 24 months. Each course meets once a week. The MSBI Program is also available to full time students who wish to take at least three courses (nine credits) per semester. These students may finish the program in approximately 18 months.

Where are classes held for the on-campus program?

Saint Joseph’s University is conveniently located at 5600 City Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. Most on-campus MSBIA classes are held in in Mandeville Hall, a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center in which technology and comfort combine to create a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Click here for driving directions and more details

How much does the program cost?

Click on the "Tuition" tab found in the prospective student section of the web site for current tuition rates.

What is the "tuition deferral" program and how does it work?

Students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employers may participate in our Employer Tuition Deferral Program. You will need to provide proof of employment, a copy of your company's reimbursement policy and a $35 non-refundable processing fee. Your company must agree to pay Saint Joseph's University directly within 30 days after the final day of the semester. This program saves the student from "fronting" the money and waiting for their tuition reimbursement check. More information can be found at

What tests are required?

The MSBIA will accept either the GMAT or GRE. These tests may be waived if the applicant has earned a prior Masters Degree in Business or a quantitative field from an accredited college or university. The GMAT or GRE can also be waived for applicants who have at least five years of professional expeirence or have earned certain professional certifications. Also, exemplary undergraduate GPA and professional expereince qualifies for the GMAT/GRE waiver.

What are the professional backgrounds of students entering the program?

Our students are a combination of professionals seeking to deepen or supplement their skills, as well as individuals preparing for a career in business intelligence, analytics, and positions of leadership. All academic and professional backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.

I'm a student from outside the United States. Is this program right for international students?

The M.S. in Business Intelligence & Analytics Program is ideal for international students. This program allows international students to take up to 3 courses per semester and acquire the advanced business credentials and skills they need for success. Students from outside the United States add to the rich diversity of our academic and business community.

Who can I talk to for more information?

For personalized assistance, please contact or 610-660-1690.