Business Analytics Minor

Business Analytics Minor

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The Business Analytics minor has been designed to provide a foundation in business analytics concepts and methods for students in the College of Business and Economics. The minor focuses on the three fundamental areas in business analytics methods: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive methods.  In addition, students will have an opportunity to gain exposure to application areas of analytics in business and economics. The coursework for the minor is rigorous and is based on a foundation of quantitative and statistical methods.  

The Business Analytics minor consists of five courses (20 credits, not including prerequisites). It is strongly recommended that students who undertake the Business Analytics minor program have a demonstrated proficiency with math and statistics (e.g., as evidenced by strong performance in DSCI 205: Business Statistics and DSCI 305: Applied Business Statistics).

Program Updates

During the Fall 2021 application process the average GPA of admitted students was:

  • 3.77 WWU cumulative 

Admission and Declaration Process

Due to capacity constraints not all students are accepted to the minor. Admission is competitive and academic performance is the primary decision factor.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission to the minor applications must be submitted by the quarterly application deadline


Before applying for the Business Analytics Minor you must meet several criteria including:

  • Accepted as a major in the College of Business and Economics 
  • In good academic standing as defined by the retention standards for the College of Business and Economics
  • Completion and/or enrollment in 2 of the 3 pre-requisite courses:
    • DSCI 305/ECON 375
    • MIS 320/ACCT 321
    • OPS 360

Application Process

  • Apply to the minor by clicking on the link below
  • After the application deadline for the quarter in which you apply, you will be contacted via your Western email and asked to complete an additional application which includes a proposed plan of study

Apply to the College of Business and Economics

Admission Criteria 

A Decision Sciences faculty admission committee will review all applications submitted by the deadline. Admission is based on:

  • Space available in the minor
  • Past academic performance
    • Western GPA is the primary factor considered but other factors may include:
      • Performance in business courses taken at Western
      • Trends in academic performance
      • Performance in courses taken at other institutions as listed on the Transfer Equivalency Report
  • Admission priority will be given to students with the best academic performance relative to the rest of the applicant pool.
  • Academic performance will be the primary decision factor, but other factors may be considered (e.g., rationale for pursuing field of study, related work experience, student leadership, etc.).

Admission Notification 

The department will notify students of their admission status by Western email prior to the first day of registration for the next quarter. For example, if you apply for spring quarter admission, you will be notified of your admission status prior to the start of spring quarter registration.

Course Overview

For help with planning your courses, please see your advisor or the department office. A printable plan of study can be found on the Current Students page: Current Students: Business Analytics Minor Plan of Study

For course descriptions and prerequisites visit the Business Analytics page in the course catalog: University Catalog: Business Analytics Minor Requirements

Required Courses (Three 4-credit courses):

  • DSCI 407: Predictive Analytics for Business
  • MIS 422: Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • OPS 462: Management Science

Elective courses (Two 4-credit courses):

In addition to the required courses, students need to choose two electives from the following list. Other elective courses may be possible under advisement. 

  • ACCT 421: Accounting Information Systems II
  • ECON 475: Econometrics
  • DSCI 497C: Programming Skills for Business Analytics
  • FIN 450: Financial Analytics
  • MIS 431: Advanced Business Database Systems
  • MIS 434: Applied Text Analytics for Business
  • MIS 435: Managerial Analytics 
  • MKTG 381: Fundamentals of Market Research
  • MKTG 476: Digital Marketing
  • MKTG 481: Advanced Marketing Research and Analysis (not offered 2020-2021)
  • OPS 467: Logistics Modeling and Analysis