Masters in Data Analytics Online Degree Overview (MSDA)
There is a growing 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 complex 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 degree is focused on growing your analytical skills in data science through:
- Technology and quantitative analysis
- Statistical modeling
- Critical thinking
- Deep data analysis, forecasting, and operational problem solving
Available both on our San Diego campus in California and fully online, the MS in Data Analytics program teaches you valuable technical skills through real-world applications, and ensures that you’re fully prepared as a working professional within organizations as the mind that can master the machine. Some of the topics we explore in our core courses include: predictive analytics and predictive modeling, data visualization, multi-dimensional data structures, and the fundamentals of algorithm design. Learn more about our program below!
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Master’s Degree Information
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.
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 is the career outlook for graduates of the Master’s in Data Analytics degree program?
This field is one of the fastest growing sectors, with many exciting and high earning job opportunities. The MS in Data Analytics program can lead you down various career paths, including financial analysis and market research analysis, both of which have a promising outlook into 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
According to the BLS, financial analysts can expect an 11% growth rate over the next eight years, building on the nearly 300,000 jobs in that field that already exist. Market research analysts have an even brighter future, where the 600,000 jobs are expected to balloon to almost 750,000 in that same eight-year window.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this Master’s degree?
With an MS in Data Analytics, you can utilize your analytical skills to build a career in numerous 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 International University 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 Master’s in Data Analytics degree program start?
The Master’s degree is offered as an eight-week term graduate 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 MS in Data Analytics degree program?
The Master’s degree is a 33-credit program and takes a minimum of 14 months to complete, across seven terms.
Campus Locations for the Data Analytics Degree in California
The Master of Science in Data Analytics program is offered both at our San Diego campus and online. While the in-person university in California allows you to interact with other students and faculty face-to-face, our online master's degree gives you the freedom and convenience to study the core courses and electives on your own time. Click the image below to learn more about our San Diego campus and it has to offer.
At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.
With a focus on hands-on learning, real-world applications, technological innovation, and a global outlook — CSML is where the world meets you in your classroom. We know how to prepare the data scientists of tomorrow. Start your bachelor’s degree with Alliant International University today.