The amount of data flowing from, to, and through enterprises of all sorts is enormous, and growing rapidly—more rapidly than the capabilities of organizations to use it. Successful enterprises are those that make effective use of the abundance of data to which they have access: to make better predictions, better decisions, and form better strategies. Business analytics—which encompasses a variety of techniques to extract useful information from different sources of data—is being embraced at an increasing rate by organizations that need to gain actionable and forward-looking insight from their data. The minor in business analytics will provide students with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills they need to use and gather data to identify, understand, and deliver insights that internal and external clients find vital to organizational success.


At least eight credits must be unique to the minor and not applied toward any other major, minor, or concentration. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course that is applied toward the minor. 

For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors. The School of Business residency requirement for this minor supersedes the university requirement: at least nine credits must be earned at Mason.

Banner Code: ABUS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Course

MIS 431Data Mining for Business Applications3
Total Credits3


Select four courses from the following:12
Accounting Analytics
Advanced Accounting Analytics
Empirical Methods in Finance
Probability Methods for Finance
Database Management Systems
Data Warehousing
Advanced Data Mining
Programming for Analytics
Marketing Research
Marketing Analytics for New Product Development
Management Science
Business Forecasting
Introduction to Computer Statistical Packages
Applied Regression Analysis
Total Credits12