While researching my learning plans for this year, I came across an interesting educational opportunity in the realm of Business Intelligence. It is the Master’s of Business Intelligence program at Saint Jospeh’s University in Philadelphia. It is offered part-time and online, making it a possibility for working professionals. A quick check of my LinkedIn network showed me that of 6 registered alumni of Saint Joseph’s Haub School of Business, one has this degree – and he now works as head of Business Intelligence at the Walt Disney Company.
The program appears to have exacting but flexible admission requirements. The GMAT requirement can be waived if you hold one of a list of professional designations. It takes 20 months to complete the entire program part-time, and total tuition costs are currently $25,980 (no additional fees for foreign students, at least for the online delivery of the course). You can expect to spend between 10 and 15 hours a week on a part-time basis. A thesis is required.
From what I can gather, this program appears best suited for those intending to climb the Business Intelligence ladder all the way to the top. Think of this as a BI equivalent to an Executive MBA. It has the potential to break you into senior management. If you have the time, energy and ambition, this could be a good fit for you.
The article that alerted me to this program was a blog entry by Richard Herschel, the Chair of the Department of Decision & Systems Sciences at Saint Jospeh’s University. He has an Expert Channel on the BeyeNetwork.