Business + Data Science

Gies College of Business


What is Business + Data Science?

In this major, you'll learn about business on a broad scale while also focusing on one of four specializations. The Business + DS major is paired with our data science curriculum. It will prepare you for many careers that allow you to manage and interpret datasets. It will also help you make informed decisions to improve business. Students can choose from four specializations, offered by the Department of Business Administration: 

Information Systems

Learn how to design and implement technology that businesses can use to organize data and make decisions. By adding data science to the mix, this specialization can help you go a step further! It allows you to analyze and interpret the data you're helping to organize. 

International Business

This specialization will equip you for the prospects, hurdles, and intricacies of global commerce. You'll also gain insights into data science. This dual focus empowers you to harness data for informed decisions on a global level. 


Prepare to become a leader and innovator! You'll learn more about leadership, planning, organization. You'll also discover other valuable skills for management positions. Plus, you'll get the data science knowledge you need to use data effectively in a managerial role. 

Operations Management

You'll study analytical decision-making, logistics, quality control, and supply chain management. This will help you learn skills for developing, making, and delivering goods and services. With the data science component, you can combine your knowledge with learning how to use data to inform your actions and decisions. 

First-year students need to apply to Business Undeclared for admission consideration to Gies. They then can pursue the Business + Data Science degree if admitted. Off-campus transfer students cannot directly apply into this program.

Career Options

  • Sales forecasting
  • Systems analysis
  • Responsible spending & forecasting
  • Browser design & data analysis
  • Leading teams of data analysts
  • Data security
  • Sport data analytics

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

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Transfer Criteria

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Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $37,096
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $60,586


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358