Business Analytics Honors

The application for the Spring 2020 admission cycle now open! Click here to apply: Business Analytics Honors Program Application Form. The application will close on Tuesday, October 15th at 11:59pm.

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. To be considered for admission, students must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Currently admitted to a Poole College of Management undergraduate major
  • Earned a B+ or higher in BUS 340
  • Earned a B+ or higher in BUS/ST 350
  • Earned a 3.25 or higher major GPA
  • Earned a 3.25 or higher overall GPA

If you are currently enrolled in either BUS 340 or ST 350, you may still be considered for conditional acceptance into the program and are encouraged to apply.

The application for Spring 2020 is now open and will close on October 15th, 2019. Students can apply online here: Business Analytics Honors Program Application Form. Students with specific questions about the program and the admission process can email for more information.

Program Requirements

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 should complete BUS 458H before taking BUS 459H. Exceptions can be made only if this sequence would delay the student’s graduation term and must be approved by emailing

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