Business Analytics Honors

The application for the Spring 2020 admission cycle is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications. Applications for the Fall 2020 term will open on February 15th.

The Business Analytics Honors Program offers select Poole College undergraduate students additional preparation for careers in the high-demand field of business analytics. The Business Analytics Honors Program combines challenging analytics coursework with a practicum course that engages students with local employers working on real world business analytics projects. Students who successfully complete the program requirements will have a business analytics honors designation on their university transcript.

What is business analytics?

Deloitte defines it as “the practice of using data to drive business strategy and performance. It includes a range of approaches and solutions, from looking backward to evaluate what happened in the past to looking forward to scenario planning and predictive modeling.” It has applications across all business and industry – from accounting to supply chain management. This makes it an attractive program for students in all of Poole College’s undergraduate disciplines and degree programs.

Why business analytics?

CNBC reports that “with more and more companies using big data, the demand for data analytics specialists … is nearing a frenzy.” Companies are seeking to hire way more analysts than colleges and universities are currently graduating. That means “the talent pool is, at best, probably 20 percent of the demand (and) that imbalance is a boon for job seekers,” the CNBC article states. According to McKinsey Global Institute, starting in 2018, there will be a “shortage of 1.5 million managers and analysts who have the ability to understand and make decisions using big data.”

As a Poole College student who successfully completes this program’s requirements, you will receive the business analytics honors designation on your transcript for employers to see, acknowledging that you have received a foundation that prepares you for careers in this continually evolving field.

The Practicum Experience

Students will complete the Business Analytics Practicum (BUS 459H), which provides a team of students the opportunity to work on a real business challenge, under the guidance of both a faculty advisor and the corporate sponsor’s leadership team. View this video about one team’s experience working with Cisco.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the Business Analytics Honors program is competitive and based on prior academic achievement.

The application for Spring 2020 is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications. The Fall 2020 application will open on February 15th and close on March 15th. Students with specific questions about the program and the admission process can email for more information.

Program Requirements (for students admitted before or for the Spring 2020 term)

In addition to the two prerequisites, applicants must successfully complete:

  • BUS 351H | Predictive Analytics for Business
  • BUS 458H | Analytics: From Data to Decisions
  • BUS 459H* | Business Analytics Practicum

*Students may substitute other honors-level practicum courses containing analytics content with program-level approval. Please contact for more information.

Course Enrollment

Students admitted into the Business Analytics Honors program will be able to enroll themselves in BUS 351H and BUS 458H once their enrollment appointment opens. Please keep in mind that BUS 351H is a prerequisite for BUS 458H. If you have any trouble enrolling in these classes, please contact

Students wishing to be enrolled in BUS 459H can submit their request using the BUS 459H Enrollment Request Form. Students are expected to complete BUS 458H before taking BUS 459H.

Honors Designation

Completion of the Business Analytics Honors Program will be designated on a student’s transcript after all degree requirements have been met, in addition to the following:

  • B or better grade in all required program-level courses
  • 3.25 or better major GPA (ACC or BUS or EC/ECG courses)
  • 3.25 or better overall GPA