Master's in Business Analytics

Master's in Business Analytics

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSAn) 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 Kogod’s online business analytics program learn how to use evidence-based data gathering, data modeling, and quantitative analysis to help businesses make informed decisions and gain competitive advantages. Students build the skills to work in such fields as business intelligence, financial analysis, marketing, and consulting.

Kogod’s MS in Analytics program fulfills the requirements to be a STEM-designated degree program, meaning it officially classifies as a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field of study.


American University’s Kogod School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.


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 the opportunity to explore the business domain of their choice.

Course Requirements at a Glance


total credits to complete


core courses


elective courses


in-person practicums in Washington, D.C.

Core Courses

  • Managerial Statistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Database and Big Data
  • Business Insights through Analytics
  • Predictive Analysis
  • Business Intelligence


Students can choose from predesigned concentration paths or create their own concentration by selecting electives that best suit their goals. The predesigned concentration paths include:

Business Foundations

Learn broad business skills 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.

Financial Analytics

Develop both analytics 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 Management Consulting Practices & Methodologies and Strategic Thinking for Decisions.

In-Person Practicums

Analytics@American includes two in-person practicums that allow students to solve real business challenges with real companies. During these three- to four-day sessions, which take place on American University’s campus in Washington, D.C., students attend talks from business leaders and group explorations of the nation's capital while completing a project that they can add to their résumé or discuss in job interviews.

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 Business Analytics Degree

Data-driven thinkers are in demand by businesses in almost every industry. In Kogod’s Master of Science in Analytics program, students learn to use descriptive, prescriptive, and predictive analysis to transform relevant information into tangible solutions to the world’s problems. Graduates prepare to work as intelligence analysts, financial analysts, marketing analysts, business analytics consultants, entrepreneurs, supply chain managers, and more—and the field is growing.

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.”

John Gayton
Analytics@American Graduate, Services Data Analyst at Agilent Technologies

Applying to Analytics@American

The MS in Analytics program has four start dates throughout the year. Kogod accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Application Deadlines
Program Start Date Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
January 7, 2019 October 29, 2018 November 28, 2018
April 1, 2019 January 21, 2019 February 18, 2019
July 1, 2019 April 22, 2019 May 20, 2019

Application Requirements

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in order to apply. To complete the application, they must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Test scores (optional)

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