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
in-person practicums in Washington, D.C.
Management Information Systems
Database and Big Data
Business Insights through Analytics
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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: