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Online Master’s Degree: Data Analytics

Data Analytics
Master of Science
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Program restrictions apply
  • $694 per credit (in-state)
  • $694 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Earn an online 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.

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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:

Prepare for a Career in Data

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in the field of data science and analytics in a public or private-sector organization. Potential job titles include data analyst, business analyst, data scientist, data architect, AI engineer, and more.

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Best Jobs
Data scientist has ranked in the top three on Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America for four consecutive years.
Source: Glassdoor | "50 Best Jobs in America for 2022" | 2022
Job Growth
Data science job openings are projected to increase 35.8% by 2031, one of the fastest-growing and most in-demand occupations in the United States.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | "Employment Projections 2021–2031" | September 8, 2022
Economic Boost
AI can boost the world economy by up to $15.7 trillion by 2030, according to Bank of America.
Source: Business Insider | "Artificial intelligence is on the brink of an iPhone moment" | March 1, 2023

Gain Real-World Experience in Your Coursework

Throughout the program curriculum, your instructors will assign coursework that is designed to help you prioritize career-focused skills and experience and become a well-rounded and sought-after job candidate. You’ll gain experience in problem-solving and data analysis, and your projects will aim to help real organizations with data-based decision-making. In past courses, students have chosen the following projects, topics, and subject areas in order to complete required course assignments:

  • Develop a predictive model to enable an organization to build a fraud detection ecosystem that will monitor in-transit and at-rest identity data for fraud, thus saving valuable fiscal and physical resources.
  • Conduct NASA Global Landslide Catalog dataset analysis to determine the cause of the high number of fatalities in the United States due to landslides.
  • Apply advanced machine learning methods to summarize and search 32,000 NASA datasets to find hidden patterns in topics ranging from Earth science to aerospace engineering.
  • Develop analytic approaches to identify high risk offenders, reduce recidivism, and keep communities safe.  
  • Conduct safety research with FAA aeronautical data and other publicly available FAA data using data science techniques to evaluate various helicopter maneuvers.
  • Perform sentiment analysis on Twitter airline data or other data of interest.
  • Develop a study report on healthcare data using advanced techniques.

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