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MS in Data Analytics

Harness the power of quantitative data science.

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Masters in Data Analytics Online Degree Overview

There is always demand for individuals who can harness the vast amount of data being generated in the world today. With a master of science in data analytics degree, you’ll be able to decipher data and turn it into the meaningful business intelligence organizations rely on to reduce costs, design new products, improve efficiencies, and maintain a competitive edge.

The MSDA program is focused on growing your skills in data science through:

  • Technology and quantitative analysis
  • Statistical modeling
  • Critical thinking

Deep analysis, forecasting, and operational problem solvingAvailable both on our San Diego campus and fully online, the MSDA program teaches you valuable skills through real-world applications, and ensures that you’re fully prepared to work as a professional within organizations as the mind that can master the machine.



Healthcare Analytics

This concentration targets the expertise required in current healthcare analytics environments and provides a clear understanding of practical healthcare analytics decision-making. Students will be enabled to learn techniques and skills needed to work with diverse data sets, a range of analytics platforms and reporting tools to improve health care through the use of innovative and essential techniques that enable the delivery of efficient and quality healthcare analytics. Students will learn to select, prepare, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and present health data related to health system performance and effectiveness.


Within the informatics concentration, students will focus on enterprise level information management tactics, techniques, and modeling methods for extracting, transforming, and loading data into essential reports and visualizations utilized for evaluation, synthesis, data analysis, and interpretation of business operations results. Students will learn to establish optimal data-driven recommendations and prescriptions from historic, current, and future data that align with stakeholder departmental end-state objectives, conversions, and goals.

CSML Celebrates a New Partnership with HIMSS

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently designated Alliant International University as an approved education partner (AEP). HIMSS is a premier reputable, recognized global advisor, thought leader, and member association committed to transforming the health ecosystem. This is a huge honor, and we truly appreciate their recognition of the CSML. HIMSS praised our well-developed graduate programs that provide students with the latest skills, knowledge on a variety of healthcare topics and courses, and a real-world application of the educational content. We are thrilled to join this exclusive group of AEP organizations.

The benefits of being an AEP with HIMSS are numerous. CSML is authorized to offer the MSHA and MSDA programs with their robust curricula now as HIMSS-approved programs. This partnership further strengthens the credibility of the skills and competencies which students receive throughout CSML degree programs. Earning a degree from an HIMSS/AEP partner school will make you a more desirable candidate to recruiters, and more competitive in the healthcare related marketplace. HIMSS members are also eligible for a 15% tuition savings toward CSML master’s and doctoral programs.

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Program Highlights

From Class to Corporate

The MSDA program gives you the chance to use your education in an existing organization within your chosen industry, building your skills and experience in business through internships and other opportunities.

Flexible Schedule

This MSDA program was created to provide maximum flexibility for working professionals, with the option to attend weekly, on-campus meetings in the evenings, or the option to complete the program online.

Honors Program

In the honors program you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a research project for authorship and publication in a peer reviewed outlet through the school’s technology and quantitative analytics programs.

A Message from the Program Director

Aaron Wester, Assistant Professor and Program Director, California School of Management and Leadership 



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Degree Information

Honors Program

As part of the CSML honors program cohort for high-achieving students, you’ll:

  • Meet once a month for a deep-dive discussion on contemporary trending industry issues, gaps, advances, and opportunities

  • Engage in research designed to further the reach of your education in a manner commensurate with your existing academic achievement

  • Prepare your research for potential publication in scientific, peer-reviewed journals; if published, you’ll be listed as a research author in the publication

  • Receive professional executive mentoring on your selected career path, with CV and interviewing advice to prepare you to advance in your in career quickly

  • Assist instructors and gain experience as both a teacher and a leader, working with professors on assignment preparation, assisting students with coursework, and conducting student-perspective evaluations that include student perceptions of course instruction

The honors program is for students that have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or above for two consecutive terms, and will be required to pass a CSML faculty interview as well.

Alliant Certificates

Alliant offers certificates you can earn along with the course credits included in your masters in data analytics program. These certificates appear in our catalog and have been approved by the Department of Education for financial aid. This program includes Alliant certificates for:

Alliant Courses Align to Professional Certifications

Content in several of our academic program courses align with some of the knowledge requirements for the nationally recognized certifications listed below. In addition, you will be provided with some study materials, a timetable, and suggested self-study to help you prepare for the certification tests, and your instructors will encourage you to take the externally administered tests and promote your success on your resume.

Alliant Certificate Alliant MSDA Course Course Contents Aligned With Some Knowledge Requirements of Professional Certification:
Certificate in Data Management DAT6020 Database Design Principles and Technologies MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development
DAT6030 Architectures and Methods for Data Mining Associate Certified Analytics Professional by
DAT6050 Big Data Tools Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals
Certificate in Data Analytics IST6488 Data Analysis and Decision Making Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate
IST6505 Advanced Programming using Python ----
DAT6040 Data Visualization Tableau Desktop Certified Associate


CSML is pleased to announce it has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its PhD in leadership, doctorate in business administration (DBA), MBA, MS in data analytics degree and BS in business administration (BSBA) programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by the accrediting body, which is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education across the country. The ACBSP mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence through its recognition of business education programs throughout the world.


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Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?

With an MS in data analytics California, you may be able to build a career in fields such as data scientist, management analyst, consultant, project manager, logistician, data architect, big data engineer, data mining engineer, qualitative analyst, and modeler.


What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.


When does the MSDA program start?

The degree is offered as an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar.


How long does it take to complete the MSDA degree program?

The degree is a 33-credit program and takes a minimum of 14 months to complete across seven terms.


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"I have learned a lot about business and the power of data. Being more educated, especially in a field that nowadays is industry-driving, can help a lot in different fields, such as business, healthcare, and tech."

Iman H.
MSDA Student

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CSML is a business management school that trains you to have a competitive edge in the technology and quantitative fields. CSML offers management and leadership degrees where you can learn to guide and mentor the next generation of professionals and make your mark as an innovator in the modern business world.


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