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Capella University Offers Three New Online Programs for Data Professionals

May 5, 2014

The online university now offers Bachelor of Science minors in Data Analytics, Data Management, and Business Intelligence

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- With the demand for analytical talent projected to outpace supply by 60 percent in the next few years, Capella University has announced three new educational options to help address that need. They include Bachelor of Science in Information Technology minors in Data Analytics, and Data Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Business minor inBusiness Intelligence. Capella University ( is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers.

ďWeíve designed the minors to provide a well-rounded, foundational education in data as well as a Ďdeep diveí into the specific skill areas of the chosen minor,Ē said Sue Talley, EdD, dean of technology for Capellaís School of Business and Technology. ďCapellaís minors also feature an interactive, collaborative learning environment that blends theory with practical application, including sophisticated software tools they can access from their desktop.Ē

Through Capellaís collaboration with SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market, students can gain SAS knowledge that will prepare them with the high demand competencies needed to address the nationís skills gap.

New minors address growing need for analytical talent

McKinsey Global Institute projects that demand for analytical talent could be 60 percent greater than the supply in the coming years. To help meet this demand, Capella now offers three bachelorís-level minors that combine analytics with key competencies such as business acumen and foundational IT skills.

  • The Business Intelligence minor develops the knowledge to locate, collect, conform, analyze, and effectively present key information that will support the development of operational, tactical, and strategic solutions. Students build the skills and knowledge required to leverage their organizationsí data assets and warehouses and learn to articulate the story in the data. Capellaís Business Intelligence minoróalong with relevant work experienceóalso helps students prepare for the Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) exams.
  • The Data Analytics minor addresses data analytics process and workflow concepts and activities, with a specific focus on data identification and collection, data cleansing, data conforming, and quality measurement. Students in the Data Analytics minor are able to access SAS tools as part of their program and also have free access to SASģ Self-Paced e-Learning courses, which can save thousands in preparation for the SASģ Certified Base Programmer professional certification.
  • The Data Management minor focuses on data governance, architecture, design, and integration, as well as other skills needed to organize and store data so it can be efficiently found and effectively communicated. It was developed in conjunction with the experts who helped create the Data Management Association International (DAMA) Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK) and provides the foundational knowledge required for the Certified Data Management Professional (CMDP) certification offered by DAMA.

    In addition to these new bachelorís-level offerings, Capella provides opportunities to specialize in Business Intelligence while earning a post-bachelorís certificate (, Master of Business Administration (MBA)( or Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) (

    Combined bachelorís/masterís options allow students to complete both degrees in less time

    Capellaís unique bachelorís/masterís options allow eligible students to begin earning master's-level credits after completing at least 100 undergraduate credits in selected bachelorís programs. The masterís courses are applied to the requirements for both the bachelorís and masterís degrees, saving time and money.

    With Capellaís BS in Business, Business Intelligence minor, eligible students can enroll in a combined bachelorís/masterís degree option with the MBA. With Capellaís BS in IT, Data Management and Data Analytics minors, eligible students can enroll in a combined bachelorís/masterís degree option with the MBA orMS in Information Systems and Technology Management (

    Enrollment now open

    For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or email

    Arkansas residents must complete Arkansas general education requirements.

    The learning and career outcomes of Capella's students and alumni can be found at

    For expense, completion and outcome information, visit:

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Data Analytics minor (
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Data Management minor (
  • Bachelor of Science in Business, Business Intelligence minor (
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Intelligence (
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Business Intelligence (
  • Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology Management (

    About Capella University

    Capella University( is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers. Over 70 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 141 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 25 certificate programs, including six new direct assessment degree delivery programs**. Approximately 36,000 learners were enrolled as of March 31, 2014, from all 50 states and 61 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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    * Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),

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    **In accordance with U.S. Department of Education (ED) direct assessment approval requirements, a notification has been submitted to the ED so that the IT and Psychology FlexPath programs may be eligible for federal financial aid. These programs are currently not approved for federal financial aid. Capella University will keep applicants and learners interested in FlexPath fully informed of any decisions made by the ED.

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