Program Overview

To Start, You Need:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school (or international equivalent) in mathematics, business, computer science, information systems, the sciences, health science, quantitative social science or related field or relevant work experience

Finishing Will Take:

  • Five to six semesters over two years
    • Includes two summer terms
  • 36 credits
    • 30 course credits
    • Three practicum credits
    • Four credits in either electives or more practicum experience
    • Practicum presentation

You Can Begin Your Degree In:

You Will Take Classes:

  • Online
  • One short visit to campus each year

This combination of rigorous study of mathematics or science with workplace skills like communication and project management are requirements of Professional Science Master’s programs.

What You Will Learn

  • Analysis of large, complex data sets in the context of real-world business problems
  • Application and fine tuning of computing resources for data analysis, including programming and industry-standard tool use
  • Development and implementation of data analysis strategies based on theoretical principles and detailed knowledge of the underlying data
  • Generation of actionable intelligence for decision making
  • Clear and professional communication of nuanced analysis results to a diverse, varyingly technical audience
  • Rigorous application of mathematical principles to the analysis of data
  • Evaluation, implementation, and the assessment of the application of technology solutions for data analysis
  • Planning, directing, and evaluating the status of complex projects
  • How to transform innovative data-centered concepts into concrete products and services
  • Professional writing techniques
  • Entrepreneurial business skills (optional)
  • Working knowledge of probability, applied statistics, applied linear algebra, computer programming, databases, and systems analysis

Technology You Will Need Includes:

  • Access to a computer with the following recommended hardware specifications: 
    • Windows
      • One of the following: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, Windows 7 Professional Edition, Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, or Windows Vista Business Edition
      • One of the following: 1.5GHz Pentium M processor or better, an Intel Core Duo/Core 2 Duo processor, or an Intel Core i5/i7 processor
      • 8 GB RAM or more
      • 80 GB hard drive or larger
    • Mac
      • Mac OS X version 10.6 or later
      • Intel Core Duo/Core 2 Duo processor (includes older MacBooks and MacBook Pros) or an Intel Core i5/i7 processor (includes current MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros)
      • 8 GB RAM or more
      • 80 GB hard drive or larger
  • A high-speed Internet connection
  • Microsoft Office, covered by the Microsoft Campus Agreement
  • A webcam
  • A microphone