Analytics@American, the online Master of Science in Analytics (MSAn) program from the Kogod School of Business, prepares students to become experts in data analysis. Students will learn how to use data to solve a variety of organizational and business challenges related to fiscal performance and operational effectiveness.
An MSAn degree is ideal for professionals who want to apply data insights to make a real difference for their organizations. Students in the program learn how to use evidence-based data gathering, data modeling, and quantitative analysis to help businesses make informed decisions and gain competitive advantages.
American University’s Kogod School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB accreditation is known worldwide as the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized and professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.
An MS in Data Science vs. an MS in Analytics
The online MS in Analytics program focuses on the important relationship between business and analytics strategy. Compared to an MS in Data Science program that typically offers an education focused on how to design algorithms and statistical programming, the MS in Analytics explores how the data gained from those algorithms can be used to influence a wide range of industries.
MS in Data Science
Focuses on foundational data collection techniques, featuring courses like Database Management and Statistical Programming
Is designed for domestic and global business professionals
Prepares students for careers such as business operations manager, financial manager, and budget analyst
MS in Analytics
Focuses on data analysis, featuring courses like Business Insights Through Analytics, Statistics, and Database and Big Data
Is designed for professionals looking to use advanced mathematical models and methods to solve problems at their job
Prepares students for careers such as financial analyst, business intelligence consultant, and supply chain manager
Enhance your data analysis skills and gain the tools you need to advance your career. Learn more about the online Master of Science in Analytics program.
The Kogod online analytics program prepares students to make educated assessments by applying analytical techniques to real-world business practices. Unlike many data science master’s degree programs, the applied business emphasis provides students with the opportunity to explore the business domain of their choice. You can also customize your degree by choosing one of our concentrations or designing your own.
33 total credit hours
6 core courses
4 elective courses
2 in-person practicums in Washington, D.C.
Management Information Systems
Database and Big Data
Business Insights through Analytics
Applied Tools and Programming Languages
R + R Studio
Excel and add-ins (XLMiner and Analytic Solver)
Students can choose from predesigned concentration paths or create their own concentration by selecting electives that best suit their goals. Concentrations include:
Develop the core management skills to make better business decisions for your organization through courses such as Strategic Thinking and Managerial Economics & Corporate Strategy.
Focus on strategies to prepare for, prevent, and respond to cybersecurity attacks through courses such as Cybersecurity Risk Management and Cybersecurity Governance.
Develop both analytic and financial expertise through courses such as Financial Statement Analysis and Forensic Accounting: Fraud Examination & Litigation Support.
Prepare for success in this field and appeal to potential employers and clients through courses such as Business Law & Ethics and Strategic Thinking for Decisions.
The curriculum includes two in-person practicums, which take place on American University’s campus in Washington, D.C., that allow students to solve business challenges with real organizations. Some of the organizations that Kogod has partnered with include Special Olympics International and Capital One. Students use descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics tools to find solutions to problems these organizations face. In addition to these problem-solving projects, students attend talks from business leaders and explore the nation's capital.
Applying to Analytics@American
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to apply. GMAT and GRE scores are not required. To complete the application, you must submit the following:
The MS in Analytics program has four start dates throughout the year. Kogod accepts applications on a rolling basis.
April 2019 Cohort
Priority Deadline: January 21, 2019
Final Deadline: February 18, 2019
Classes Start: April 1, 2019
July 2019 Cohort
Priority Deadline: April 22, 2019
Final Deadline: May 20, 2019
Classes Start: July 1, 2019
Analytics@American students bring a wide range of perspectives and experiences to the classroom. The Kogod School of Business is proud to encourage these viewpoints in a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
Male / Female
Average Work Experience
*This information includes: Hispanic/Latino, black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native students, as well as two or more races, when one or more are from the preceding racial and ethnic categories.
Online Learning Experience
Analytics@American students attend live, online classes where they interact and collaborate via webcam with Kogod faculty members and classmates. They complete weekly self-paced course work that complements the assignments and discussion in the live classes and have full access to office hours.
The Value of a Master’s in Analytics
In the MS in Analytics program, students learn to use the most up-to-date data analysis strategies to transform relevant information into tangible solutions. Graduates prepare to work as intelligence analysts, financial analysts, marketing analysts, business analytics consultants, entrepreneurs, supply chain managers, and more.
“I was looking for a program that gave me the ability to better understand businesses and business issues combined with the skills required for data analysis. That combination is ultimately what helped me successfully land my current job.”
Analytics@American Graduate, Services Data Analyst at Agilent Technologies
Use Data to Advance Your Career with a Master of Science in Analytics
Gain expertise in data analysis and learn to apply new insights in your industry. Request information about the online Master of Science in Analytics program today.