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Master of Science Data Analytics

Data Analytics
Master of Science
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Program restrictions apply
  • $336 per credit hour
    (Europe & Downrange)

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Earn a Master of Science in data analytics (MSDA) in as few as 24 months at University of Maryland Global Campus. Our state-of-the-art program is designed with input from leading employers and can help you gain the hands-on experience, skills, and knowledge that today’s employers need. Many of our faculty members are active or former professionals in industry, government, and non-profit organizations and bring their knowledge, experience, and expertise to the classroom. Plus, with our convenient online courses and no-cost electronic resources in place of most textbooks, you can access the full student experience from any time and any place!

Earn a Well-Respected Data Analytics Master’s Degree

Our program is the perfect fit if you are looking for a cutting-edge, skills-focused curriculum that is designed to immerse you in real-world analytics and hands-on, project-based experiences. The program is geared toward training the next generation of data science professionals like you and making sure you are ready to contribute in the workplace from your first day. And, you can complete the program with just seven graduate-level courses.

These are a few of the benefits of our data analytics degree program:

  • Never pay for software: You’ll have access to no-cost course materials and software (such as Tableau, SAS, and cloud data science and AI services) through the university.
  • Gain in-depth experience: Using real or simulated data, you will use predictive modeling and machine learning techniques to help solve real problems that today’s organizations face.
  • Learn from experienced mentors: In your capstone project, you work with your UMGC instructor and an additional industry mentor to guide your project to completion.
  • Benefit from networking opportunities: UMGC students have access to lifetime career services, so we can help you advance in your profession.

UMGC data analytics students recently finished in first place in the Data Presentation category of the 2023 Curiosity Cup, a global student competition organized by SAS.

You must meet the criteria for graduate admission at UMGC and also provide one of the following items (reflecting course completion or industry certification):

  • An official transcript reflecting completion of courses at the 200-level or higher in statistics and computer programming from a regionally accredited college or university (credit from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Proof of industry certification, such as IBM certification in Cognos, Risk Analytics, SPSS, SAS certification, Microsoft certification, Certified Analytics Professional, Certified Business Intelligence Professional, or Certified Health Data Analyst

Total Credits Required: 36

This program requires a total of 36 credits. Take the following courses in the order listed:

Initial Requirement

  • (0 Credits, UCSP 615)

This course must be taken within the first 6 credits of study (if required). The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (6 Credits, DATA 610)
  • (6 Credits, DATA 620)
  • (6 Credits, DATA 630)
  • (6 Credits, DATA 640)
  • (6 Credits, DATA 650)

Capstone Course

  • (6 Credits, DATA 670)




General Master's Degree Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the above five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
  • Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.

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Develop Advanced Skills & Knowledge

Today’s data professionals need to be ready to meet the evolving challenges in a number of industries. UMGC’s online data analytics degree is designed to help students learn data and AI techniques, manage and manipulate data, create visualizations, build predictive models, and make strategic data and AI-driven recommendations to influence business outcomes. Our program is designed to help students develop knowledge in emerging areas like AI, data mining, and data management; gain experience in programming languages like SQL and Python; and work in software like Tableau and SAS.

Our program directors refresh and update the curriculum regularly, with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals:


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