Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business


Master of Science in Business Data Analytics (MSBDA)

Summer Quarter (Prerequisite courses)

This course is an introduction to the accounting function that is used to measure and communicate business transactions. The focus is on understanding financial information to facilitate better decisions.

Outcome: Students will be able to identify the impact of business transactions on the basic financial statements: the income statement, the statement of financial position, the cash flow statement, and the statement of changes in owners equity. Students will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the financial statements and their implications on various business decisions.

This course examines essential topics in management, marketing, operations, information systems, accounting and finance. Within each discipline, we examine the key decisions that are made and how those decisions are or should be made.

Outcome: By the end of this course, students will be familiar with the key discipline areas in business. They will understand what decisions are made in each discipline and how those decisions should be made.

The Master of Science in Business Data Analytics's 12-course curriculum prepares you to be a responsible leader in the fast-growing field of business data analytics—in just one year.

The following table shows a sample course sequence for the M.S. BDA program:

Summer Quarter (Prerequisite courses) 
Managerial Economics
ECON 420
Financial Accounting
ACCT 400
Business Core Essentials
BSAD 403
Fall Quarter
Business Analytics / R Programming
BSAD 443 
(Kertcher or Kalish)
Database Systems
INFS 492
Winter Quarter
Elective 1
FINC 599 (Recommended Saturday)
Elective 2 Ethics
MGMT 441
Spring Quarter
Elective 3 Data Mining
INFS 494
Saturday (Korallus)
Forecasting Methods
Summer Quarter
Elective 4 Elective 5 Capstone
BSAD 699


Choose your five electives from the following three areas, with at least one elective from each of the areas.

Course #Short TitleQuarter(s)Prerequisites
Area 1
ECON 522 Game Theory & Strategy Winter ECON 420
ECON/FINC 622 Derivative Securities Fall, Winter FINC 450
ECON 599 Business Fluctuations     
FINC 452 Investment Management Winter, Spring FINC 450
FINC 553 Portfolio Management  Summer FINC 452
FINC 599 Python Programming* Winter FINC 450
FINC 620 Finance Math & Modeling  Fall FINC 452, ECON 622
FINC 624 Interest Rate Risk Management Winter FINC 450, ECON 622
FINC 626 Credit Risk Management Spring Instructor Permission
FINC 628 Valuation Winter FINC 450
 Area 2
MARK 461 Research Methods  Spring MARK 460, ISSCM 491
MARK 661 Customer Analytics Spring Instructor Permission
MARK 662 Marketing Metrics Summer Instructor Permission
HRER 490 Data-Driven Decision Making Fall, Spring  
MGMT 455 International Strategies  Spring  
 Area 3
Information Systems
INFS 791 Programming for Business Decision Making Winter  
INFS 796 Data Warehousing* Winter INFS 492
INFS 592 Data Visualization* Spring, Summer  
ISSCM 484 Project Management Winter, Summer  
Supply Chain Management
SCMG 480 Operations Management Quarterly  
SCMG 486 Global Logistics Fall, Winter, Summer  
SCMG 487 Purchasing Management Summer  
SCMG 488 Inventory Management  Winter  
SCMG 489 Supply Chain Analytics Spring  

* Recommended

Loyola's Quinlan School of Business invites you to join us at our downtown Chicago Water Tower campus for an Open House or Information Session. Please contact us with any questions about our business data analytics courses.