Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

Master of Science in Information Technology (Business Intelligence & Data Analytics)

Organisations across the world are struggling to develop the know-how to aggregate, analyse, and most importantly monetise the growing surge of available data. Corporate and government entities point to a shortage of individuals that have the combined business, analytics, IT, and communications skills required to be leaders in this field. The School of Information Systems and Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College is perfectly positioned to develop these leaders with our world-renowned faculty teaching a cohesive blend of data analytics, management, strategy, and IT courses.

Our Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) programs are aimed at developing an elite set of graduates cross-trained in business process analysis, technology management and technically skilled in all aspects of data science including predictive modelling, analytical reporting, GIS mapping, segmentation analysis, and data visualisation. Students will acquire the skills to integrate cutting edge information and analytics technologies with best practices and applied business methods.

Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College has recently been awarded the prestigious UPS George D. Smith Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®). Our full-time MISM degree was also recognised by Information Week as one of the top programs suited to develop the leaders needed to fill the global "big data talent gap”.

Learning Outcomes

At completion of the MSIT-BIDA program, you will be able to competently:

  • Apply techniques for data management, including data wrangling, cleaning, sampling, management, exploratory analysis, regression and classification, prediction, and data communication
  • Design, document and develop robust, extensible and highly maintainable data-intensive applications using cutting edge technologies tailored to the specific needs of any business scenario

  • Explain and apply the core aspects of information technology principles and tools, and manage their implementation in a business context

  • Develop systems to automate data collection and data mining and utilize techniques to discover previously hidden insights that can profoundly impact the success of any business

  • Manage complex Business Intelligence projects with consideration of the human, financial and environmental factors and an understanding of risk management processes, and operational and policy implications

  • Understand the strengths and limitations of current technologies and apply them intelligently to meet the needs of each application

  • Apply their practical experience in IT projects developed through assessment projects for real world clients focusing on technology auditing and recommendations, and system development

  • Utilise high level interpersonal skills to negotiate and communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders verbally and in writing

  • Understand and facilitate the strategic and operational benefits of business models and technology applications

Tracks Offered

MSIT-BIDA 18-Month Track MSIT-BIDA 24-Month Track
Duration18 months full-time24 months full-time
Professional Work Experience1 to 2 years0 to 1 year
Internship280 hours400 hours
IntakesJanuary and AugustJanuary and August

MSIT-BIDA 18-Month Track

(CRICOS: 072573M)

The program requires a total of 168 units: 150 units of core courses, 18 units of elective courses and 280 hours of internship.

The combination of core courses and electives options to suit your career objectives, with real industry experiences through the Information Systems Project and Internship, will put you at a distinct advantage over other graduates. Designed for students with one to two years of work experience, the program provides you with knowledge of current information technologies and their business applications, plus the management skills essential to successfully lead digital transformation across a wide range of industries and organisations. 

For successful completion, you must complete the requisite coursework and internship, and achieve a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0

Core Courses

  • Big Data and Large-scale Computing (6 units)
  • Data Mining (6 units)
  • Data Warehousing (6 units)
  • Database Management(12 units)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty (6 units)
  • E-Business Technology and Management (12 units)
  • Financial Accounting (6 units)
  • Information Systems Project (12 units)
  • Internet Technologies (6 units)
  • Internship (0 units)
  • IT Project Management (6 units)
  • Object Oriented Programming in Java (12 units)
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design (6 units)
  • Organisational Design And Implementation (6 units)
  • Principles of Finance (6 units)
  • Professional Writing (6 units)
  • Programming R for Analytics (6 units)
  • Statistics for IT Managers (6 units)
  • Strategic Presentation Skills (6 units)
  • Telecommunications Management (12 units)
  • Unstructured Data Analytics (6 units)

Elective Courses

The electives below represent a selection of those that have been offered in the past. It is provided in order to give an indication of the type of electives that may be available in the future. However, this part of the syllabus is constantly evolving and students need to be guided by the list of the current electives shown in the course schedule. Elective courses will be offered in a variety of areas related to the technology and business of information and communication technology. These courses will be offered by resident faculty as well as by faculty from other CMU campuses through short-term visits and distance learning.

  • Business Process Modeling (6 units)
  • Consulting Lab (6 units)
  • Distributed Systems  (12 units)
  • Economic Analysis (6 units)
  • Geographic Information Systems (12 units)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Systems (6 units)
  • NoSQL Database Management (6 units)
  • Power And Influence (6 units)

MSIT-ITM 24-Month Track

(CRICOS: 072573M)

The program requires a total of 168 units: 150 units of core courses and 18 units of elective courses.

Designed for students with little or no work experience, the program is an extensive combination of specialised information technology and management courses. In addition to a compulsory 400 hours (approximately 10 to 12 weeks) internship program, the students can focus on specialised areas through electives and independent study. 

To graduate, you must complete the requisite coursework and internship components and achieve a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0.

Core Courses

  • Big Data and Large-scale Computing (6 units)
  • Data Mining (6 units)
  • Data Warehousing (6 units)
  • Database Management(12 units)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty (6 units)
  • E-Business Technology and Management (12 units)
  • Financial Accounting (6 units)
  • Information Systems Project (12 units)
  • Internet Technologies (6 units)
  • Internship (0 units)
  • IT Project Management (6 units)
  • Object Oriented Programming in Java (12 units)
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design (6 units)
  • Organisational Design And Implementation (6 units)
  • Principles of Finance (6 units)
  • Professional Writing (6 units)
  • Programming R for Analytics (6 units)
  • Statistics for IT Managers (6 units)
  • Strategic Presentation Skills (6 units)
  • Telecommunications Management (12 units)
  • Unstructured Data Analytics (6 units)

Elective Courses

The electives below represent a selection of those that have been offered in the past. It is provided in order to give an indication of the type of electives that may be available in the future. However, this part of the syllabus is constantly evolving and students need to be guided by the list of the current electives shown in the course schedule. Elective courses will be offered in a variety of areas related to the technology and business of information and communication technology. These courses will be offered by resident faculty as well as by faculty from other CMU campuses through short-term visits and distance learning.

  • Business Process Modeling (6 units)
  • Consulting Lab (6 units)
  • Distributed Systems  (12 units)
  • Economic Analysis (6 units)
  • Geographic Information Systems (12 units)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Systems (6 units)
  • NoSQL Database Management (6 units)
  • Power And Influence (6 units)

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

Bachelor's degree

Programming Skills 

All Information Technology programs require programming experience in data structures and an object-oriented programming language such as C, C++ or Java.

Professional Work Experience

12-Month Track : 3 or more year of professional work experience 

18-Month Track : 1 to 2 years of professional work experience 

24-Month Track : 0 to 1 year of professional work experience 

Standardised Test Scores

You are required to sit for CMU Institutional Maths Online Test. It is a one hour test comprising 32 multiple choice questions.  The topics include basic algebra, calculus and statistics calculations. The test can only be taken once and you will need to achieve a minimum score of 75%. You will be set up for the test after you have submitted your application via OASIS.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants are required to submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

If your test date is within one month of the application deadline, please be sure to email the scores to the office of admissions

You may submit scores from up to 4 valid TOEFL or IELTS exam dates. CMU Australia will use the highest score verified in each section if you have taken the exam more than one time. For every score you wish to include with your application, you must report the exam date(s) and submit the official score report(s). We will not accept exam scores for test dates that are not listed on the application.

TOEFL 

  • iBT preferred
  • Scores must be submitted directly by Educational Testing Service (ETS). CMU-A Institution Code is 2318
  • The minimum TOEFL score is 22 on each section of the Internet-based test.

IELTS

  • You may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results in place of the TOEFL. 
  • The "Academic" format of the IELTS is required. 
  • Test scores must be submitted directly by IELTS. 
  • The minimum IELTS score is 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each band. 

If you took either of these tests more than two years ago, you MUST take it again. The testing agency will not verify scores more than two years old.

If your score is below the minimum on either exam, you should consider retaking the TOEFL/IELTS before applying. 

Resume

Applicants are required to submit a resume. Please submit a one or two page summary of your education skills, accomplishments, employment experience and volunteer experience. The resume must be current and include all part-time and full-time work experience, the dates of when the employment began and ended and a brief description of your responsibilities under the title of the position.

Your resume should contain only true information and your own, original writing. If you include a quote or text written by any other person or published in any printed or online format, you must surround the copied text in quotation marks (") and indicate the original source of the text. Information reported on your resume is subject to verification. CMU Australia utilises several methods to identify plagiarised and falsified content in uploaded documents. Submission of false or plagiarised material as part of the application for admission may result in automatic denial of admission to any degree program.

Contact Us

Send us an email at admissions@australia.cmu.edu for more details.

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