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Business Analytics

Improve your decision making and efficiency while understanding how to collect massive quantities of data in any industry of your choice.

Why Study Business Analytics?

As a operational analytics major at USD, you will learn to use data to support and inform business decision-making and management. Here you will find a variety of experiential learning opportunities ranging from internships in Denver to study abroad trips to Japan. Our program provides you with rich experiences in and beyond the classroom so you can pursue your career in healthcare, supply-chain management, marketing and information technology.

Become a skilled data organizer who can uncover and track data patterns to develop predictive models for a company as an operational analytics major.

Degrees & Offerings

Business Analytics (B.B.A)

  Vermillion Main Campus

A degree in business analytics provides a solid foundation for students wanting a general or specialty business focus in operations management, entrepreneurship or a program tailored to your career plans.

 Business Administration (B.B.A/M.B.A. Fast-Track)

Major + Master's
  Vermillion Main Campus

Business majors meeting requirements for entry into the Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program may opt to complete both the B.B.A and M.B.A. concurrently. Students who pursue this fast-track option will be awarded their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously, upon completion of the two programs. Permission to be awarded the undergraduate degree prior to the completion of the graduate degree is available.

Business Analytics

  Vermillion Main Campus

A minor in business analytics will help you develop the skills and knowledge students gain in their major discipline by acquiring complementary quantitative and analytic skills.  This minor is applicable to every data-oriented major.

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.
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Student Opportunities

The academic opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Visit our department webpage for more information about the experiences and resources you can look forward to as a student at USD.


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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in economics and decision sciences.
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Economics & Decision Sciences

Analyzing and applying data is both one of the greatest opportunities and challenges modern business professionals face, and USD's Division of Economics and Decision is there to help you embrace that challenge head on.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Economics and Decisions Sciences Division. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in public policy, labor, micro- and macroeconomics and much more.
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Thomas Tiahrt

Interim Chair
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Mike Allgrunn

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Kathryn Birkeland

Assoc Dean, School of Business
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Chad Birger

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Bart Hanus

Assistant Prof. Decision Scien
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Alice Liu

Asst. Professor of Finance
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Tom Martin

Instructor Op Mgmnt
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Reed Muehler

Visiting Instructor
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Dan Tracy

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Sebastian Wai

Assistant Professor
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Mandie Weinandt

Director of CTL
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Gain Real-World Experience

Coyote Business Consulting Group is a student-centered initiative at the USD Beacom School of Business designed to help businesses stay competitive in the state of South Dakota and throughout the region. The program enables student-teams, with the guidance of faculty advisors, to help businesses solve a critical problem for their organization.

Coyote Business Consulting Group is intended to be mutually beneficial for both the students and the businesses. The consulting service will be offered at no charge to businesses and students will have the opportunity to receive academic credits, financial support, and real-world experience. This program is available to all businesses, but a special emphasis will be placed on small businesses, as they are the backbone of the economy.
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Network and Navigate Your Dream Career

Beacom School of Business invites the business community to stay current on business issues through guest speakers, events and networking opportunities that occur throughout the year. We also invite interest from the business, government and not-for-profit community regarding potential partnerships that offer mutual benefits such as:


  • Presentations, panels and discussions
  • Student connections, internships and recruiting opportunities
  • Engagement with faculty to share expertise and expand research
  • Support for scholarships and other business school initiatives

Tuition & Costs

USD offers low tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students, as well as scholarships, financial aid and employment opportunities to help make your education even more affordable.
SD Residents, SD Advantage* & Child of Alumni
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Tuition (30 cr.)
Fees (30 cr.)
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* SD Advantage: The in-state rate is available to residents of South Dakota, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and children of alumni of USD.

More About Tuition & Costs

This is an estimated annual cost. Other factors may change the cost of tuition.

Undergraduate Tuition & Costs

Learn more about tuition and fees for undergraduate students and see how your out-of-pocket costs at USD compare to those at other colleges and universities.

Financial Aid

Navigating options for how to pay for college can be challenging, but you are not alone. The Office of Financial Aid will work with you and your family to explore how you can make your college education even more affordable.


USD awards nearly $9.5 million in scholarships each year. View our scholarships to see which ones you may qualify for and how you can apply.

student success story

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The outstanding faculty have provided great guidance and mentorship alongside the teaching of the degree which has made the education more fruitful. The management portion of the degree will indefinitely better my situational awareness and decision making while the analytics portion has greatly increased my competency with computer programs. Both of these skills will easily translate to whichever career path I purse post graduation.

Christian Schoppert

B.B.A. Business Analytics, Finance '22

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