Business Analytics


Why study Business Analytics?

Business Analytics is a rapidly expanding business discipline, enabled by explosive growth in data, computing power and software availability.  Analytics can be defined as the scientific process of transforming data into insights, and ultimately into better decisions. Graduates from UC's Carl H. Lindner College of Business with a bachelor of science degree in business analytics are well-equipped to apply descriptive, predictive and prescriptinve models to data in order to help organizations better analyze data and make better operational and strategic decisions.

Admission Requirements

First-year applicants are those who have not enrolled in college or university courses (other than Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program) since graduating from high school.  

Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics Freshman applicants to the bachelor of science in business analytics degree, please visit the Admission Requirements page for further information. Applicants are advised that Lindner requires four units* of college preparatory mathematics for admission to all bachelor degree programs. 

*Four units of college preparatory mathematics, to include at least algebra I and II, and two additional units such as calculus, pre-calculus, statistics, functions or finite mathematics.


Business analytics students are individuals with strong technical and quantitive abilities who have a natural curiosity for investigating how data can be used to generate insights and improve decisions. Successful professionals in business analytics can communicate with both technical and non-technical stakeholders to help frame important questions, determine what data are needed, apply appropriate analytics models, and then translate the output of those models to postively impact organizations and society. Other attributes of successful graduates include:

  • Quantitative proficiency
  • Ability to use computer programming languages
  • Inquisitive nature to ask questions and seek answers
  • Ability to translate ill-formed questions into structured problem-solving methodologies
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication capabilities
  • Ledership skills
  • Capacity for teamwork

UC Lindner College of Business graduates with a degree in business analytics fulfill a critical need for companies across all industries. Likely job roles filled by graduates include positions as data analysts, risk analysts, data scientists, management scientists, and management consultants, as well as roles associated with specific functional areas such as marketing analytics, healthcare analytics, supply-chain analytics, sports analytics, and others.

Some graduates may also choose to extend their education in business analytics by continuing on to earn a Master of Science in Business Analtyics degree from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. These students will expand the depth of their knowledge in analytics as well as be exposed to additional tools and methodologies for implementing business analytics.

UC Lindner College of Business also offers a minor in business analytics, allowing students to add business analytics as a second area of expertise to their chosen major.

Lindner students who wish to add a minor should file an online Business Minor Application Form.

Qualified UC students enrolled in non-Lindner baccalaureate degree programs may also pursue a discipline specific minor in the Lindner College of Business or a minor in business administration, which follows a sequence of courses designed to give them experience in the business fundamental disciplines. To add a minor, all students must file the online Business Minor Application Form.

For more application information and a complete list of minor options, visit the Business Minors website.

Academic advisors are trained to assist students and are available on an appointment basis and on a walk-in basis during specific periods. They can help with scheduling and other questions about subjects such as study abroad, co-op and internship, academic planning, course pre-requisites and the curriculum.

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business has assigned advisors for all students. Students may schedule appointments with advisors online by using the Starfish scheduling tool which is integrated into Blackboard. Students who need assistance may come to 105 Lindner Hall or telephone (513) 556-7030.

Prospective students interested in transitioning to Lindner are invited to attend an information session held weekly. Students should telephone 513-556-7030 to schedule a session.

Success in today’s business environment is primarily driven by who students are and how they act. Accordingly, Lindner offers an innovative approach to business education that we call PACE. The PACE framework allows students to create a customized roadmap for developing proficiency in Professionalism,  Academics, Character and Engagement to ensure they can successfully pursue the personal and professional goals they are passionate about.


  • Lindner’s real-world learning opportunities ensure that our students learn the professional communication skills they need to excel in today’s business environment.
  • Lindner’s Career Services (LCS) team works with undergraduate students to help them obtain real world work experience through Lindner’s Professional Experiences, which may include co-op or internships with full or part-time options. LCS guides students in developing resumes, learning interviewing techniques and obtaining the practical skills that fulfill the expectations of businesses.


  • Lindner students are distinct individuals with unique goals and interests, and that is why our curriculum ensures that students have a foundational understanding of the key business functions. The breadth of majors and minors allows students to add a second major or minor that will customize their education for added value. Students can augment in-class learning with co-operative education, internships and international study abroad experiences of their choosing.


  • Character means having the strength and conviction to both lead and work with teams made up of diverse social, cultural and economic viewpoints. Ethics seminars, global experiences and leadership opportunities prepare students to deal with philosophical questions that have become real-world dilemmas. Lindner business courses help students build these skills through hands-on, collaborative projects, often working with Cincinnati businesses.


  • Students’ lives and careers will be comprised of much more than just work. Community service, citizenship and organizational involvement are all key components of personal growth. In Lindner, students are encouraged to get involved in the things they care about via the 20-plus student organizations within the Lindner College of Business, the 300-plus organizations within the University of Cincinnati and ongoing partnerships with service organizations like the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

The bachelor of science degree in business analytics is one of the few undergraduate programs of its kind in the nation. The degree builds upon the Lindner College's long history of success in business analytics education and utilizes UC's location in Cincinnati, Ohio, where many leading companies are located who specialize in using analytics capabilities as a competitive advantage. The UC Center for Business Analytics helps to connect UC students and faculty to leading analytics practitioners in Cincinnati and beyond by facilitating experiential-education opportunties for students and research opportunities for faculty.

Multiple organizations have recognized Lindner College's business analytics programs as being among the best such programs in the world. The faculty in the Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems Department are leaders in their field; many of the faculty are recognized thought-leaders in analytics based on their research and educational accomplishments. The best-selling textbooks in analytics are authored by UC Lindner College faculty.

The Business Fellows is a vibrant college community that provides a supportive academic, social and professional environment for students of color. Selected students will benefit from a dedicated advisor, scholarship opportunities, peer/professional mentoring and cultural activities.

The Lindner College of Business offers a variety of study abroad programs in every continent of the globe ranging from one week to a full semester abroad.  General international business and culture programs are offered to freshmen and sophomores while discipline specific programs are offered to upper classmen.  Students receive credit toward their degree, while gaining real-world international experience in their area of study. Study Abroad includes academic coursework at UC, and lectures, company visits and cultural activities overseas. To learn more, visit Study Abroad.

Lindner Professional Experiences provide students with real-world work experiences with leading businesses throughout the United States. These opportunities are the perfect time for students to “test” out their major(s) and discover which type(s) of work they most enjoy. Because our employer partners pay students real money, they assign students real work (versus just “busy work”) and that experience provides Lindner students with a huge competitive advantage when they enter the workforce. Because different employers and industries have different staffing needs throughout the year, Lindner Professional Experiences are available in internship, cooperative education (co-op) and part-time assignments.

To help students develop professionally and gain leadership experience, the college encourages all students to become active in one or more of the many professional and social organizations that exist in the college and on the campus.

The degree of bachelor of science in business analytics is granted to those complete satisfactorily the required course work for the specified degree, with university, college, major and minor grade point averages of 2.0 or better. This includes the university's general education requirements. All students must meet the residency requirements of the college and must contract for graduation.

Students wishing to transfer to the UC Lindner College of Business from other colleges and universities must meet or exceed each of the requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for transfers from other colleges and universities is calculated utilizing all course work attempted at each college and university attended. 1.  Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work attempted.  

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress toward completion of the required mathematics courses. All bacehlor of science in business analytics students must complete Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours) or the equivalent from another university. 

3.  Must be in good academic standing in current college or university. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll.  

Students may apply online at Admissions. Lindner admits transfer students to begin in each academic term. 

Applicants wishing to transition to the Lindner College of Business from other UC colleges must meet or exceed each of the admission requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for students transitioning from other colleges is calculated utilizing all college-level course work attempted at each UC college and other universities attended.

1.  Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work attempted. 

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress toward completion of the required mathematics courses. All bacehlor of science in business analytics students must complete Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours) or the equivalent from another institution. 

3.  Must have at least a 2.0 University of Cincinnati GPA, in addition to a 2.5 overall GPA. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll. 

Applications for change in college and program may be obtained online at the Registrar's website. Applications are due by the date printed on the application. All applications for Lindner must be submitted to the Undergraduate Programs Office, Lindner Hall, Suite 105.

Lindner accepts transition students to begin in each academic term.  Students must meet the above admission requirements by the end of the semester prior to admission. 

The UC Lindner College of Business welcomes international applicants who seek a challenging academic environment. The Office of Admissions will send an international application packet upon request. Note that if your native language is not English, you will be required to take the TOEFL or the IELTS examination. Please reference the Office of Admissions Web site with international student information for the Lindner minimum standards.

International applicants at the first-year level must have a strong mathematics background and be prepared to begin the college's calculus sequence.

International applicants who are transferring to the UC Lindner College of Business nust demontrate appropriate progress toward completion of the required math courses. All bachelor of science in business analytics students must complete Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours) or the equivalent from another institution.

The University of Cincinnati requires that all transcripts be official copies with an official translation attached. Lindner requires all students who have earned credit at foreign universities to have the documents evaluated by a credit evaluation service prior to registering for classes at the university. A copy of the evaluation  must be received by Lindner at least two weeks prior to the date the student is scheduled to register for classes.

Such an evaluation may be obtained from:

 World Education Services  568 Broadway, Suite 301  P.O. Box 745  New York, NY 10013  USA  Web address:               or  AACRAO International at:

Other such agencies may be located via the Internet.

Although the Lindner College of Business does not require international applicants to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), it is highly recommended.

Contact the Office of Admissions for further information regarding admission procedures and deadlines for Lindner.  

Application Deadlines

Prospective Freshmen - Freshman applicants hoping to begin in the fall semester are urged to submit their applications prior to December 1. Applications should be filed as soon after September 1 of the previous year as possible. First-year students must provide an official transcript of their high school record and scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) program. Those who have participated in a Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program should submit official copies of any college or university transcripts. The Lindner College of Business admits freshmen to begin in the fall or spring semester.

Changing Majors within UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from other UC Colleges should complete a change in college and program application form in accordance with the semester deadlines printed on the reverse side of the form. This document may be obtained online at the Registrar's website.

Transferring to UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from non-UC colleges should submit a University of Cincinnati online application at Admissions. Students are urged to file their applications at least two months prior to the beginning of the semester in which they hope to enter the college.

Note: Conditional offers of admission will be made using an official transcript listing courses in progress. A final transcript including all course work must be received before the student is allowed to enroll.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.

Contact Information

Matt Keaton
Carl H. Lindner Hall, Room 1352
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0020
(513) 556-7979

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