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The Master of Science in Business Informatics (MBI) offers a challenging and contemporary education to enrich the careers of those who wish to lead at an advanced level in the growing and dynamic field of business analytics and information technology management. The program offers practical, applied and theoretical coursework on current and future trends in developing business analysis applications, managing corporate information systems and improving business processes. The MBI curriculum is designed based on the premise that a management information systems professional must be able to: understand current information technologies, evaluate and adapt new technologies in relation to changing business needs, and manage information systems and personnel. You can also specialize in either Business Data Analytics or Corporate Information Security.

The MBI program has a STEM designated CIP code.

Career Paths

The Master of Science in Business Informatics allows students to acquire and expand their knowledge of information management and business analytics by exploring contemporary methodologies and innovative research in areas such as business systems and process management, information governance and business intelligence for potential careers and positions as: I.T. Manager, Business Intelligence Analyst, Information Security Manager, and Applications Development Manager.

We are happy to announce that all international students in the MBI program received job offers prior to graduation in Spring 2021.


Whatever your career focus, you can gain valuable on-the-job experience in an internship or co-op arranged through NKU Career Services.

NKU students are gaining professional experience with area businesses such as Duke Energy, Fidelity Investments, The Cincinnati Reds, Hewlett-Packard, Kroger, Procter & Gamble and The Cincinnati Bengals.

Program Leadership

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Susan Brudvig, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, MS in Business Informatics

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My name is Susan Brudvig. I am a Wisconsin native who enjoys the more moderate temperatures and 4-season climate of this region. I joined NKU in Fall 2019. Prior to that, I was an Associate Professor as IU East and an Assistant Professor at Ball State University. I have been teaching full-time for more than a dozen years. Prior to top that, I was employed in business analysis in various professional capacities, most recently at Eli Lilly where I had global responsibility for neuroscience market forecasting. Forecasting is one of my professional specialties, and I continue to hone my skill as an enrollment consultant to school districts and educational services companies. Something unique about myself ... My top speed is over 180 mph in the two-seat IndyCar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I'm a motorsports fan, and I enjoy it ... but as a spectator. So, if I talk about racing, I probably am referring to cars, not horses. I also am a football fan and have been lucky enough to participate in 2 Super Bowls ... as a member of the half-time stage crew where I supported in-house audio.

In the College of Informatics, my teaching focus in Business Analytics. My research interest is in the use & application of analytics to business and teaching problems. I have most recently published in the Journal of Marketing Analytics, Communications in Statistics – Theory and Methods, and the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology. I currently am engaged in several on-going research projects with colleagues from other universities. I earned my PhD from Florida State University and my MBA from Purdue University (2003). I was a first-gen student who earned my first degree from UW-Parkside, which is a regional state institution much like NKU.