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Business Analytics

Associate of Arts


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The associate of arts in Business Analytics is designed to meet the growing demand for highly skilled professionals with analytics expertise. The program grounds students in general business courses, including economics and accounting, and builds essential skills in business analytics,  statistics, scripting in programming language, data visualization, and applied decisionmaking. You will gain hands-on experience in using Excel, R, Tableau, and SQL in business analytics to summarize, visualize, and analyze data. The program is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college and major in business analytics.

The Business Analytics AA Degree is a designated statewide program. The Maryland Higher Education Commission designates some community college programs as statewide programs. A student may enroll in any of these programs at the same rates as in-county residents if the program is not offered by their local community college or if the student cannot enroll due to an enrollment limit. For more information on statewide programs, please see Curricula Informationnew window.

Program Outcomes

Upon program completion, the student will be able to:

  • Employ business analytics tools and techniques for the purpose of using data to inform organizational decision-making related to core business functions. 
  • Understand, evaluate, and apply ethical principles and practices in the data lifecycle. 
  • Demonstrate competency using appropriate statistical methods to engage in descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics to gain business insights. 
  • Develop original analyses and prescribe solutions related to scenarios involving the core business functions of operations, finance and accounting, marketing, and human resources. 
  • Summarize and communicate findings of analyses using charts, graphs, infographics, and dashboards. 

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process. 

Explore the following Business Analytics Pathways to learn about what academic preparation (certificate, associate's, bachelor’s, or master's degree) is required for various jobs in the field. Montgomery College can help you start your journey!

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. Requirements for business majors are fairly standard regardless of your transfer destination.

See specific Business, Accounting, Economics, and Hospitality transfer agreements.


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use theCareer and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Careers include financial analyst, management consultant, accountant, actuary, market research analyst, business teacher, financial manager, business operations manager, and cost estimator. Some positions require a bachelor’s degree.


  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up aCollege Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.


Suggested Course Sequence: Business Analytics Associate of Arts

A suggested two-year course sequence for students in Business Analytics Associate of Arts follows

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
  • All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Suggested Course Sequence

Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

* ENGL 101/ENGL 011, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103. Please consult an advisor or transfer institution for assistance with course selection.

** Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSSD) should be from different disciplines.

†  Many, but not all, four year institutions require MATH 150 or MATH 181. Students should consult with an advisor regarding the requirements of transfer institutions.

‡ Students must complete one Global or Cultural Perspectives (GCP) designated course as part of their General Education Program to graduate.

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