The MBA/MS-BIA program allows students to combine the business focus provided by the MBA with the technology management thrust of the MS-BIA degree. The streamlined program can be done in considerably less time and cost than if the two degrees were earned separately. With both degrees, students will have an impressive collection of general managerial and technology skills and competencies.

Eligibility for Admission

Applicants for admission to the MBA/MS-BIA program must have a baccalaureate degree, regardless of the undergraduate field of study, and an acceptable level of scholarship from an accredited institution of higher education. Students entering the program will also need to show evidence that they have completed at least one statistics course in their undergraduate degree, as well as a computer programming class or evidence of programming experience. Students without a statistics class may complete instead a non-credit statistics tutorial offered by the college for a fee.


All students in the MBA/MS-BIA program must complete the following BIA Core:

  • BIA 734 Human Factors in Information Systems
  • BIA 782 Data Base Management Systems
  • BIA 788 Business Information Analysis and Process Design
  • MBA 776 Business, Ethics and Society

All MBA/MS-BIA students will also complete two core MBA courses that address business processes and skills fundamental to Creighton’s Jesuit and values-based mission. Creighton’s MBA/MS-BIA program emphasizes how business leaders apply sound and coherent ethical principles to serve its stakeholders and society for the common good. To support this emphasis, all MBA/MS-BIA students complete the following courses:

  • MBA 771 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 775 Business Policy and Managerial Action

Plan of Study

All MBA/MS-BIA students will work with the Graduate Business Programs office to develop a plan of study reflecting the students’ academic and work backgrounds, business competencies, and career goals. Plans of Study will consist of courses from the Functional Core and/or from an extensive list of Concentration courses. The relative emphasis of a student’s plan of study in each of these areas will depend on each student’s academic and business background.

Functional Core

Students who are new to the study of business because they hold neither an undergraduate degree in business nor have extensive business work experience may be required to take some or all of the functional core classes. Students who hold undergraduate business degrees or have extensive business experience may elect to take one or more of these courses with the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Business Program’s office or may elect to move directly to concentration courses.

  • MBA 701 Financial Reporting for MBA’s
  • MBA 711 Managerial Finance
  • MBA 741 Economic Analysis for Managers
  • MBA 761 Marketing Management
  • BIA 731 Information Systems Management


These business courses cover advanced topics in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and management. To ensure appropriate breadth and depth:

  1. Students must take one course in each of two of four functional areas (accounting, finance, economics, and marketing); and
  2. Students may take a maximum of two courses beyond MBA 771 in the management area. 

Lists of courses included in each functional area are posted on the college web site and available from the Dean’s office.

MS-BIA Electives

Students should select Elective courses based on their area of interest. All 15 hours must be 700-level BIA courses. Note that students who have not successfully completed MIS 253 or an equivalent course MUST take BIA 731 as an elective. Students may elect an area of emphasis in Digital Business by completing BIA 710, BIA 770 and BIA 790 as three of their elective courses. Possible BIA elective courses include:

  • BIA 710 Development Technologies for the Web
  • BIA 731 Information Systems Management
  • BIA 732 Decision Technologies
  • BIA 733 Systems Integration
  • BIA 735 Information Systems Project and Risk Management
  • BIA 736 Managing Information Resources
  • BIA 738 Emerging Technologies
  • BIA 740 Data Mining Techniques for Business
  • BIA 760 E-commerce and Marketing
  • BIA 770 Security in the Digital Age
  • BIA 775 Strategic Issues in E-commerce
  • BIA 780 Applications of Artificial Intelligence
  • BIA 781 Computer Systems Architecture and Organization
  • BIA 783 Client/Server and Distributed Systems
  • BIA 784 User Interface Design for the Web
  • BIA 785 Wireless Technologies and Mobile Commerce
  • BIA 786 Telecommunications Infrastructure
  • BIA 789 Technology Management Seminar: Advanced Topics in Information
  • BIA 790 Information Technology Projects