Introductory Business Statistics

Completing this online Basic Statistics course satisfies the statistics prerequisite requirement (ECON 5000) for the Professional MBA, MPAC, MSBA and MSF programs at Seattle University. These non-credit courses are open to graduate, undergraduate, non-matriculated students, and the general public.

Class Information

This course applies statistics tools and techniques to support decision making in business. The course begins with basic statistical measures of data with descriptive statistics and the use of basic probability theory. The material is applied using probability distributions and how to get descriptive statistics from sampling distributions. Statistical Inference is then used through the use of interval estimation and hypothesis testing. The course also covers simple linear regression to better understand relationships between variables. Students will learn how to use statistical software to obtain important results, and will practice how to interpret those results in context.


Andrew Cardillo

Professor Morales was prompt to reply to questions, and answered inquiries in a way that spurred my thinking instead of providing the answer for me. I've never been an outstanding Math student, but with hard work and his support was able to pass both courses with a 4.0. I've benefited enormously from his courses and style of teaching.

Andrew Cardillo Sr. Communications Specialist, PACCAR

Course Objectives

This course should enhance a student's abilities to:

  • Use computers for statistical analysis
  • Interpret and communicate quantitative information
  • Interpret descriptive statistics;
  • Apply probability theory and interpret probabilities
  • Interpret interval estimation, conduct simple hypothesis testing, and interpret simple linear regression