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Transform data into useful information.

Be instrumental in helping organizations succeed.

Business Intelligence specialists apply their knowledge of data warehousing, data mining, and analytical tools to design, develop and maintain software applications, processes, and reports that transform raw data into meaningful information. By making critical information easy to access, these specialists help decision-makers improve processes, cut costs, and identify new opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

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Business Intelligence (MSIS)

Transform data into useful information.

Be instrumental in helping organizations succeed.

Business Intelligence specialists apply their knowledge of data warehousing, data mining, and analytical tools to design, develop and maintain software applications, processes, and reports that transform raw data into meaningful information. By making critical information easy to access, these specialists help decision-makers improve processes, cut costs, and identify new opportunities.

Career Facts

$109,589

Median salary for Business Intelligence Specialists

5%

Estimated increase by 2022

$127,640

Median salary for Computer and Information Systems Managers

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Overview

Overview

As a student in our MSIS – Business Intelligence program, you learn how to organize, manage, and warehouse enterprise-wide information, and apply analytical and data-mining tools that can be used for reporting, monitoring, and decision-making.

Our program combines coursework, labs and projects, along with real-world experience. Studying under industry professionals, you learn how to effectively apply business intelligence principles, and help organizations take advantage of the benefits and opportunities that this type of information-gathering and analysis offers.

Baker is one of the few colleges in the U.S. to offer this specialization. When you successfully complete the program, you’ll be on the cutting edge of the information systems field, and ready to start making a difference through your work.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the MSIS program will:

  1. Possess the advanced oral and written communication skills necessary to effectively present and communicate complex IT issues within an organizational environment.
  2. Possess the research skills necessary to collect, analyze and interpret data to make decisions and meet the information system demands of organizations.
  3. Have the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and assess a strategic plan to meet IT needs effectively.
  4. Possess the critical thinking skills necessary for facilitating decisions, solving problems, and developing innovative processes to achieve continuous improvement.
  5. Prepare budgets, evaluate financial information and reports, employ risk management strategies, and perform cost/benefit analysis.
  6. Possess the interpersonal skills necessary to successfully interact with others, and to participate actively as a member of a team.
  7. Assess emerging technologies and trends in the IT industry and evaluate their impact on the enterprise.
  8. Have the ability to integrate information technology theories and apply the result to business opportunities and challenges.
  9. Have the project management skills necessary to successfully bring information technology projects to completion.
  10. Graduates will possess a commitment to ethical conduct and behavior in an information systems context.

MSIS Program Annual Assessment Reports

Course Information

Course Information

MSIS Major Course Rotation Schedule 2015 – 2017  [PDF 14KB]

Business Intelligence Major16 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

MIS 526

4 Quarter Hours

Business Intelligence Systems are integrated software solution that include advanced analytical and data management solutions to support decision making in an organization. They relate to strategic planning and decision support. The course covers the technical components of business intelligence, including data warehousing, data mining and artificial intelligence concepts.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 511.
Fundamentals of Business Intelligence 4

MIS 531

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to be able to manage, within organizational settings, the major concepts and frame work, design and implementation of databases. It examines the theories, concepts, and application issues associated with the design and implementation of database management systems. Topics include requirements analysis, user specifications, design strategies, implementation, testing, growth, maturity, and obsolescence. Other topics include relational and distributed databases, business implications of database design, data integrity, and security.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 511
Database Design and Management 4

MIS 624

4 Quarter Hours

Addresses design issues related to data warehousing and techniques for using data warehouses for business intelligence. In this course, a variety of tools will be used to demonstrate design, implementation, and utilization (e.g., mining) of data warehouses. Students will learn how data warehouses are used to help managers successfully gather, analyze, understand and act on information that has been stored in data warehouses, and will gain hands-on experience in creating and querying a data warehouse.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 531
Data Warehousing 4

MIS 626

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces performance dashboards and decision support concepts and tools that help guide decision making in the business environment. The course includes use advanced analytics and involves data models associated with Business Intelligence (BI). Performance dashboards make use of BI to help analyze decisions and options available for decision making. The course covers the architecture, metrics and design components of the various types of performance dashboards. Illustrative case studies are examined and through a course-long project, students propose and design a performance dashboard.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 526
Decision Support and Dashboarding 4
Management Information Systems Requirements22 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

MIS 511

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview for students of Information System, and prepares them to be successful in their professional roles as well as for future academic studies in the field. An emphasis is placed on how management can use information and information technology to gain competitive advantage, increase productivity, and make better and timelier decisions particularly when formulating business strategy and policy.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501
Management Information Systems 4

MIS 521

4 Quarter Hours

Guides an IS project manager through the what, when, and how of the work necessary to take a project from its fledgling idea to successful deployment in an efficient and effective manner. This course will provide the tools, skills and knowledge for successful planning, organization, and implementation of information systems and emphasizes the use of real-world examples and applications. Common mistakes and pitfalls in project management when used in designing information systems will be discussed. Topics covered include project scoping, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, tracking and controlling.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501
Information Systems Project Management 4

MIS 611

4 Quarter Hours

Examines a variety of different types of computer supported systems including transactional systems, knowledge systems, management systems, e-systems among others. We will be concerned with being able to understand how to represent systems of various types. Starting with requirements, one may ask, how do we create some representation of a system – either “to-be” or “as-is”. The answer to this question will take us to the world of functional analysis and object oriented analysis with some stops in between to look at requirements analysis and the user interface.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 511
System Analysis and Design 4

MIS 671

4 Quarter Hours

Helps students integrate the knowledge and skills acquired during class work in the MSIS program. MIS671 is the first of two capstone courses (the other being MIS672). For most students, these courses will be undertaken with industry sponsorship, often their own employers, which will involve the development of an information systems project of appropriate scope. This course focuses on project initiation, which includes scope and stakeholder definition, the software system management plan, delivery approach and development of the Software Requirement Specification (SRS) for a system that students will develop in MIS672.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 521, C or better in MIS 611
Corequisite(s):
Business Intelligence Major: MIS 531, BUS 640, MIS 526, BUS 630, BUS 615, BUS 678 / Information Systems Major: BUS 615, BUS 630, BUS 640, BUS 678, MIS 531, MIS 541
Information Systems Integration Project I 4

MIS 672

6 Quarter Hours

Focuses on finishing the analysis, design, implementation, and documentation of their system, followed by a presentation to their industry sponsor and the instructor. The project is considered to be successfully complete when the system meets the requirements as specified can the project sponsor is satisfied with the results. This course can be repeated up to 3 times until project completion.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 671
Corequisite(s):
Business Intelligence majors: MIS 624, MIS 626. Information Systems majors: MIS 601, MIS 621
Information Systems Integration Project II 6
Business Requirements17 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

BUS 615

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an understanding of individuals, groups, and organizations as a whole. This course considers such topics as alignment of people within an organization, as well as techniques for these individuals to manage and lead more effectively. This course will also discuss how technology, the Internet, globalism, and virtual teaming are impacting the work environment today.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Human Behavior Management of Organizations 4

BUS 630

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the use of financial and managerial accounting information for decision-making purposes. Topics include accounting concepts, accounting systems, preparing financial statements, product costing and overhead allocation, variance analysis, budgeting, and responsibility accounting. How these topics should be applied in information based decision making is emphasized. Case analysis is used to enhance student learning of key accounting concepts.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Accounting for the Contemporary Manager 4

BUS 640

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an understanding of corporate financial management including the introduction of key concepts in the field of finance and the environment in which they are applied. Students learn how to gauge the financial health of their company and to measure and understand the financial return in relation to risk. Capital budgeting and management of working capital are also discussed. This course emphasizes teaching students to improve their business financial decision making.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
The Financial Environment 4

BUS 678

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the use of data collection and analysis in business environments to facilitate decision making. Research designs will be addressed so that students can ask and answer specific questions. Students will learn to properly use basic descriptive and inferential statistics. This course will offer an applications-oriented perspective to conducting and critically evaluating primary research.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501
Research and Statistics for Managers 4

CGS 501

1 Quarter Hours

Orients graduate students to the standards and expectations of the College, including topics such as policies and procedures, the online learning environment and expectations, academic integrity, APA writing requirements, library resources, and professional standards.

Graduate Seminar 1
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 55
Program Description

Program Description

The Master of Science in Information Systems degree is designed for information systems professionals responsible for managing the development, acquisition, implementation, and operation of information systems in a variety of organizational settings. The program emphasizes information systems theory and its application to business opportunities and challenges. Additionally, the program addresses mission critical issues such as strategic planning, risk management, financial considerations, project management, and quality assurance. The Business Intelligence major offers knowledge and technologies that assist executive decision-making and improve organizational productivity. It is designed for those who want to advance their careers in the rapidly growing field of business intelligence.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

MSIS Admission Information
The ideal candidate for the Baker College MSIS program will have a Bachelor degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Software Engineering or Information Technology and a minimum of 3 years work experience in the Information Technology field. Applications for Provisional Admission are accepted from candidates without a technical undergraduate degree, but who have extensive hands-on work experience in IT. Applications for Provisional Admission are also accepted from candidates without IT work experience, but with a technical undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. With these more restrictive admission standards, we strive to maintain a higher-level of education and subject discourse, with students contributing greatly to the intellectual (and practical) depth of the program. For provisionally admitted students, the Center for Graduate Studies will specify the conditions for admissions. If the conditions are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Admission forms and detailed directions are available in the Center for Graduate Studies’ Administrative Offices and on the Internet at www.baker.edu. Students are admitted on a rolling admission basis. Candidates applying for matriculation into the MSIS program must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Graduate College Application form.
  2. Nonrefundable $35.00 application fee.
  3. A typed essay (750-1000 words) in response to the following questions:
    1. How have your academic work, professional work, and/or life experiences prepared you for the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies program you seek to enter?
    2. What are your personal, professional, and/or career goals 5 and 10 years after you earn your Baker College Center for Graduate Studies degree? How will earning this degree help you achieve these goals?
    3. What do you view as your greatest strengths and challenges as you begin your graduate journey? How will you utilize your strengths to overcome your challenges in order to successfully complete the graduate program?
  4. Official college transcripts indicating an undergraduate degree, with a GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution granting the degree directly to the Center for Graduate Studies. If the undergraduate degree is not in a technical/IT discipline, the application will be for Provisional Admission.
  5. A current resume indicating a minimum of three years of full-time, professional work experience in information technology. If the resume does not show 3 years of IT-related work experience, the application will automatically be for Provisional Admission.
  6. GRE scores may be submitted if the candidate wants the scores considered in the admission decision, and are recommended for those applying for Provisional Admission.
Accreditation

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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