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Master of Science in Data Analytics, MS

Why Data Analytics?

This degree offers the convenience of an online program for the working professional. It is ideal for individuals, managers and teams who want to develop graduate-level skills in data and business analytics.

This cutting-edge master’s degree program combines interdisciplinary courses developed in partnership with Davenport’s Colleges of Business, Technology, Health Professions and Arts and Sciences to deliver an exceptional, comprehensive skill set.

The curriculum is part of DU’s continuing efforts to identify and respond to strong need in the marketplace. The program allows participants to focus on real-world examples from their industry and will provide exposure to many of the software programs used in data analytics, as well as develop advanced communication and presentation skills.

Davenport has created the only analytics master’s program designed to serve a general audience as a resource for industry, government operations and foundations seeking advanced capabilities for key employees making decisions for their organization. The program is well suited for senior managers.

Training in data analytics can open many career doors. It is estimated that 30% of American Corporations do not know how or why they should implement data analytics efforts, yet it is also estimated that 1.5 million managers will need fluency to make policy decisions to optimize company resources. The Certificate version of this program would suit those needs. It is estimated that an additional 140,000 to 190,000 jobs for graduate-trained employees as business analysts, marketing analysts, applications analyst, informatics analysts, and fraud or risk analysts will become available by 2018. The master’s degree would serve those needs.


Who Is Eligible?

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, math/statistics, finance, computer science, accounting or marketing who enjoy statistical and analytical thinking may excel in this field. Applicants should have completed at least one undergraduate course in statistics, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or a graduate GPA of 3.4 or higher.


Program Summary

Master’s Degree curriculum delivers four foundational courses and six advanced courses in key data analytics areas.

  • Students will build proficiency in introductory and advanced data mining, statistical visualization, data modeling and communication skills.
  • Online program provides flexibility and convenience for working professionals. Graduate Certificate delivers the same four foundation courses from the master’s degree program.
  • Cohorts begin in the Fall semester
  • Program can be completed in five semesters taking two courses per semester
Semester Course Sequence
Fall 1 DATA610 Essentials of Business Analytics
DATA625 Data Methods for Business Analytics I (Data Mining I)
Winter 1 DATA667 Data Visualization and Statistical Simulation
DATA710 Applied Data Analytics I
Fall 2 DATA728 Data Methods for Business Analytics II (Data Mining II)
DATA742 Principles of Data Warehousing
Winter 2 DATA758 Cloud Computing
DATA772 Statistical Analysis for Data Analytics
Fall 3 DATA785 Predictive Modeling
DATA792 Applied Data Analytics II: Capstone

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As a Master of Science in Analytics graduate, you will be able to:

  • Understand the science of examining big data to draw conclusions about past trends or predict future trends
  • Examine the strengths and weakness of analytics software programs commonly used in machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Communicate trends and predictions appropriately to different audiences

Convenience and Quality

This flexibile online curriculum allows courses to be completed in 15 weeks. The certificate can be finished in two semesters, and the master’s degree can be completed in five semesters, by following a two-course per semester schedule.

Admission criteria are the same for the certificate program and the Master of Science in Analytics. If a certificate candidate decides to advance to the master’s degree program, all coursework taken towards the certificate will apply towards the master’s degree.

Your faculty is comprised of top practitioners from a variety of careers. They will prepare you to meet the skyrocketing demand for fluency in the field of business analytics.

If you are inquiring as part of corporate or team enrollment, please contact our admissions office, so we can discuss your organization’s specific needs.


Why DU?

This Davenport graduate program can help you become a sought-after candidate in the exploding field of data and business analysis. Our focused, challenging curriculum prepares you with real skills and practical knowledge. Our relationships with top organizations across the region become your connections for the future. Davenport offers the choices that help you get where the world is going.


Personalized Financial Aid

You may qualify for financial aid up to $2,000 annually in graduate scholarships. You’ll be assigned your own, dedicated financial aid counselor, who will help you find your maximum financial aid. You may also be eligible for partnership scholarships.

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Davenport University Admissions