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Minor: Business Intelligence Specialization Bachelor of Science in Business

School of Business and Technology

Find the Story in the Data

Companies need employees with solid business analytics skills. In Capella’s online bachelor's in business, minor in business intelligence degree, you’ll gain the knowledge and abilities necessary to collect and interpret business data as information technology continues to advance. Get important quantitative and technical skills as you learn to understand data collection’s use in making operational, tactical, and strategic business decisions, and sharpen your ability to translate those findings into vital insights for colleagues and key stakeholders. 

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • 8–14 General education courses
  • 10 Core courses
  • 8 Minor courses
  • 11–21 Elective courses
  • Capstone
  • 180 Total quarter credits (135 max transfer credits)

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Classes Start December 2nd

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

What you’ll learn

Create Organizational Value

Contribute to the success of your organization through comprehensive data analysis and actionable findings.

Collaborate & Communicate

Improve your ability to work with others, and strengthen your communication skills for conveying technical ideas. 

Plan Strategically

Understand data collection’s role in helping to make strategic business decisions. 

Use High-Performing Solutions

Find the right business management approach for the job to improve processes, productivity, and the bottom line.

Be an Ethical Problem-Solver

Have a solid grasp of professional business management standards to make the right decisions at the right time.

Drive Decisions With Data

Learn to use appropriate financial models and principles to convey key insights and support decision-making.

Bachelor's in Business Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Target Your Studies

Gain specialized skills with concentrations including accounting, business intelligence, finance, health care management, management leadership, marketing, and project management.

Aligned With Industry Standards

 We partner with employers, key professional organizations, and an external advisory council to design programs that align with industry standards.

Full Access to WSJ

We’ve teamed with The Wall Street Journal to give business students full digital access to timely, relevant business news.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Low-cost gen-ed courses

Our external partner, Sophia Learning, offers a low-cost way to earn gen-ed credits.

$8K toward your bachelor's

Apply for an $8K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Bachelor's in Business, Minor in Business Intelligence Sample Courses

Capella’s online bachelor’s in business, minor in business intelligence program covers the evaluation, synthesis, and application of business intelligence to help you successfully conduct analysis in a data-intensive environment.

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BUS4200 *
Identifying Core Business Processes and Master Data

This course presents material specific to the activities of identifying and collecting data that is required to accomplish business intelligence and data analytics projects. Learners examine factors used to identify and collect accurate data within the right context and for the right audience and purposes. Topics include strategies for minimizing errors and biases and managing limitations in data collection. Learners apply these factors in order to identify and collect data for business intelligence and data analytics projects.  Prerequisite(s): BUS1003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007 or IT2230.

3 quarter credits
Data Identification and Collection Strategies

This course presents material specific to the activities of identifying and collecting data that is required to accomplish business intelligence and data analytics projects. Learners examine factors used to identify and collect accurate data within the right context and for the right audience and purposes. Topics include strategies for minimizing errors and biases and managing limitations in data collection. Learners apply these factors in order to identify and collect data for business intelligence and data analytics projects.

3 quarter credits
BUS4220 *
Data Mining and Analysis in Business

Learners in this course use a specific data mining project to demonstrate how data management processes and workflows impact the work of data analytics. Learners identify, select, evaluate, and prepare data appropriate for the project. In addition, learners gain and apply knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, pivot tables, and optional SAS software to analyze data and complete an accurate and effective data mining project. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in BUS4230.

3 quarter credits
Data Modeling Strategies and Tools in Business

In this course, learners explore the role data structures, standards, and rules play in the creation of data models that are used to support data analytics. Learners use data modeling tools to determine the factors that make a particular tool most appropriate to employ in order to solve particular problems using data analytics. Topics include tool selection factors such as impact of the size of datasets and the degree of complexity of the problem being analyzed.

3 quarter credits
BUS4240 *
Data Interpretation and Statistical Analysis in Business

Learners in this course analyze a business intelligence project using pertinent data and analytical techniques to strengthen their understanding of the role statistical thinking and quantitative methods play in solving real life business problems. Learners gain knowledge of advanced quantitative concepts and the skills needed to apply statistical software to the problem to complete the business intelligence project. Prerequisite(s): BUS4220.

3 quarter credits


Concentrations let you hone in on your specific area of interest that can get you even closer to your exact career goals. The concentrations you earn will be included on your transcript.

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

For this team, it's more than resumes and interview tips. It's about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Business Intelligence Career Insights

6 Books Every Data Professional Needs

From big data to data analytics, here are six books to support your career.

BS in Business, Minor in Business Intelligence Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our bachelor's in business, minor in business intelligence.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Marketing manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Marketing analyst
  • Sales manager
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Business intelligence developer
  • Business analyst
  • Business systems analysts
  • Operations analyst

Employment settings to explore

  • Information technology consulting firm
  • Financial services organization
  • Retail organization
  • Manufacturing company
  • Advertising or marketing agency
  • Market research firm
  • Health care organization
  • Public, private, or for-profit educational institution
  • Web development company
  • Software development company
  • Insurance company

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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