Decision Sciences Department

Decision Sciences programs focus on powerful quantitative methodologies such as forecasting, data mining, machine learning, optimization, and simulation, and their application to business problems to support managers' decisions.

San Francisco State Scholar's Program in Decision Sciences

The San Francisco State Scholars Program in Decision Sciences allows students to obtain both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with concentration in Decisions Sciences) and a Master of Science in Business Analytics in just five years. This program prepares graduates for positions such as business analyst, data scientist, data analyst, operations analyst, marketing analyst, and more. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree. The San Francisco State University Scholars program offers students additional career prospects, intellectual growth and the opportunity to deepen skills and research competencies. 

For more information about the SF State Scholars Program in Decision Sciences, please visit the SF State Scholars Program website.

New Concentration in Business Analytics!

A NEW concentration in Business Analytics has just been approved by the California State University Chancellor’s Office.

Business analytics in one of the fastest growing fields in business! A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics can help open a wide range of in-demand and cutting-edge career opportunities for students.

In addition to the core courses common to all Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentrations*, students take the following courses to complete the new concentration in Business Analytics:

  • DS 312, Data Analysis with Computer Applications, or ECON 312, Introduction to Econometrics

  • DS 601, Applied Management Science, or ECON 618, Economic Inference: Methods and Applications
  • DS 612, Data Mining with Business Applications
  • ISYS 412, Application Development for Data Analytics
  • ISYS 464, Managing Enterprise Data
  • ISYS 650, Business Intelligence
  • one elective

Students can also easily complete a double-concentration with Decision Sciences or Information Systems, or a double-major with Economics.

For a complete description of the program, see Bulletin: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Business Analytics.

View or download a pdf flyer for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Business Analytics.

If you're interested in this program, contact Professor Theresa Roeder at

* We recommend taking DS 660GW, Communication for Business Analytics, instead of BUS 300GW.

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