Business Analytics

By now you have definitely heard about data analytics and big data; each day, our society creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data (that’s 2.5 followed by 18 zeros). With this flood of data the need to unlock actionable value becomes more acute, rapidly increasing demand for Big Data skills and qualified data scientists. At Alverno, minoring in Business Analytics, you will learn how data analysts describe, predict, and inform business decisions and you’ll develop basic data literacy and an analytic mindset that will help you make strategic decisions based on data.

Do you look at data and see potential improvements in systems or processes? Do social media posts and tweets make you wonder how people are using these systems and how you can harness that information? Do you want to help drive business decisions? You can with a Business Analytics minor from Alverno.

Developing women for making business decisions from big data
You’ve heard about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields growing three times faster than jobs in other fields. Alverno prepares women to thrive in these fields – in fact, we prepare women in STE(A)M because we include the Arts. Students work with the latest industry tools, and are immersed in real-life technological situations that teach them how to collect data, verify accuracy and report their findings. Throughout their studies, Alverno students build online portfolios that demonstrate their thinking, research and solutions.

Build your own toolkit
Business analytics are used in every industry: health care, advertising and marketing, education, sports and recreation, manufacturing, business and more. Your education has never been more transferrable and highly sought after, and with this minor you will have the tools to approach and solve problems within any framework.

The real world comes to you
At Alverno, you’ll have opportunities to interact with business executives from enterprise companies like Rockwell, GE, Northwestern Mutual, Kohl’s, We Energies, Johnson Controls and others. Professionals participate as part of your learning in the classroom, and pose problems for you to solve that they are also working on. This will give you the opportunity to work on a current business problem for a company and offering a solution based on the data. Through experiences like these, you’ll strengthen your strategic thinking and develop the tactical hands-on methodology skills that you’ll actually use in the workforce.

Internships for Business Analytics
Every Alverno student completes at least one internship in her major, where she can take her learning from the classroom and apply it to a larger, real-world context. Our students have had internships with companies such as We Energies, Franklin Energies and Walt Disney. We have partnerships with over 2,000 organizations, which allows you to find an internship in your specific field of interest.

Faculty connections
Our Business Analytics faculty includes entrepreneurs, accountants, business owners and more, so you’ll learn from people who are experts in their fields and bring real-world experience to every class. Plus, our small classes are designed for the unique way women learn, which means you’ll receive the support and mentorship you need to reach your greatest potential in college and after graduation.


Have questions about studying Business Analytics at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.

Adonica Randall, Associate Professor, Business & ManagementSharyn Warren
Assistant Professor, Business & Management