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Master of Science in Data Science

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Are you ready to develop problem-solving skills and get hands-on experience with data and analytics? Solving real-world challenges through statistical methods is the core of the Master of Science in Data Analytics program at National University. Three specializations are available to choose from — business analytics, database analytics, and health analytics — all of which cover specific nuances related to their areas of expertise.

To address the spectrum of issues in data analytics, this curriculum has been designed to include core courses in statistical topics as well as areas for advanced applications of data analytics in unique fields. Advanced topics include how to develop, implement, and maintain the hardware and software tools needed to make efficient and effective use of big data, including databases, data marts, data warehouses, machine learning, and analytic programming. State-of-the-art analytical software will be used in all courses.

The MS in Data Science program is designed for adult learners and can be completed in as few as 14 months with four-week classes. Faculty is made up of trained experts in the field who can offer career-focused knowledge and practical skills for analysis and data structures. Previous academic studies or industrial experience in such areas as math, statistics, computer programming, engineering, or science are helpful prerequisites for this master’s program. This degree is appropriate for both experienced professionals as well as recent college graduates.

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Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s MS in Data Science program, students will be able to:

  • Integrate components of data analytics to produce knowledge-based solutions for real-world challenges using public and private data sources
  • Turn information into actionable knowledge through a three-month capstone project partnership with esteemed partner organizations and businesses
  • Access opportunities for professional certifications on SAAS, Oracle, and Data Warehouses
  • Evaluate data management methods and technologies used to improve integrated use of data
  • Construct data files using advanced statistical and data programming techniques to solve practical problems in data analytics
  • Design an analytic strategy to frame a potential issue and solution relevant to the community and stakeholders
  • Develop team skills to ethically research, develop, and evaluate analytic solutions to improve organizational performance
  • Design data marts
  • Analyze complex database queries for real-world analytical application platforms
  • Design medium to large data warehouses
  • Evaluate machine learning methods and strategies for advanced data mining

Take the first step in your data science career by starting your application online today.

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The culmination of this program is a three-month capstone project where real data from sponsoring organizations or publicly available data will be used to solve specialized problems in analytical database design, programming, implementation, or optimization. Often students complete projects for their current employers.

With this capstone you’ll get a hands-on look at how critical data and analytics are to organizations, and apply the skills you have gained throughout the program in a real-world scenario in the field.

The demand for data-driven decision makers is growing every year. All corporate functions, from marketing teams to C-suite executives, are looking to data experts for answers to major business questions. Given that, a career in data science can also be lucrative. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*, the median salary in 2019 for a data scientist was $94,280 per year.

A master’s degree in data science may help you increase your earning potential in this field and become a more valuable team member in any forward-thinking company.

To learn more about career opportunities and benefits of a master’s in data science, see what it’s like for one of our students after graduation: On the Job With an MS in Data Science.


*SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes152098.htm (viewed May 10, 2021) Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

To obtain the Master of Science in Data Science, students must complete at least 63 graduate units. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another regionally accredited institution, as it applies to this degree, and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Please refer to the graduate admissions requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

Reach out today to speak to an admissions counselor directly or download the Course Catalog for additional course requirements and elective options.

Program Requirements

  • 14 courses; 63 quarter units

Core Requirements

  • 7 courses; 31.5 quarter units
Course Description Prerequisite
ANA 600 Fundamentals of Analytics N/A
ANA 605 Analytic Models & Data Systems ANA 600
ANA 610 Data Management for Analytics N/A
ANA 615 Data Mining Techniques N/A
ANA 620 Continuous Data Methods, Appl ANA 615
ANA 625 Categorical Data Methods, Appl ANA 620
ANA 630 Advanced Analytic Applications ANA 625

Students must select one area of specialization.

Specialization in Business Analytics

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units
Course Description Prerequisite
BAN 640 Performance MGT & SCM Process N/A
BAN 645 Prediction in Marketing N/A
BAN 650 Probabilistic Finance Models N/A

Specialization in Database Analytics

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units
Course Description Prerequisite
ANA 650 Database Design for Analytics N/A
ANA 655 Data Warehouse Design & Devel ANA 650
ANA 660 Advanced SQL Programming ANA 655
ANA 665 Data Mining & Machine Learning ANA 660

Specialization in Health Analytics

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units
Course Description Prerequisite
HCA 626 Healthcare Information Systems ANA 630
COH 606 Epidemiology COH 602, or ANA 630
ANH 604 Clinical Research Analytics N/A
ANH 607 Health Outcomes Research N/A

Capstone Requirements

  • 3 courses; 13.5 quarter units
  • Students must complete all core and area of specialization courses prior to starting the capstone course sequence.
Course Description Prerequisite
ANA 699A Analytic Capstone Project I All core and specialization courses in an analytics program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or approval of Lead Faculty.
ANA 699B Analytic Capstone Project II ANA 699A
ANA 699C Analytics Capstone Project III ANA 699B

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