Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA) Degree Program Overview
Data analytics involves examining information to find resourceful facts and figures for making business decisions. Despite this simple definition, the field of study can be highly complex and features numerous steps. At Fairfax University of America in Virginia, the Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA) program at our Washington, D.C.-area campus helps students of varying experiential and educational backgrounds develop essentials skills in data analysis and achieve their professional goals.
Master of Science in Data Analytics Degree Program Objectives
Our master’s in data analytics degree is ideal for undergraduate students who do not have a bachelor’s in computer science, as well as computer professionals who want to enhance their knowledge. Individuals who participate in the MSDA program will develop competency in the following areas:
- Utilizing data analysis and modeling strategies to create software and solve real-world challenges
- Communicating findings to individuals and teams
- Organizing data into visuals that share the most critical information for presentations
- Leveraging statistical algorithms for data analysis to better decision-making processes
- Exercising the ethical, legal, and social standards surrounding technologies and their applications in this field
MSDA Degree Program Course Work
The MSDA program comprises a combination of core courses, career applications, and specializations. Students must earn 36 credits across these course categories to graduate. This coursework includes theoretical and practical instruction and goes over established and emerging concepts in the field of data analytics.
Before enrolling in this program, students need foundational skills to understand the material. The curriculum overview lists prerequisite courses students should take for the MSDA program. Students also must fulfill other criteria to apply for this degree, found on our list of graduate program admission requirements.
What Are Micro-Credentials?
Micro-credentials are quick, flexible programs that provide learners with training in specific areas. Students earn micro-credentials to meet their educational requirements and increase potential career opportunities. These credentials are available to undergraduate and graduate students at our university, but non-degree learners also can access them at an affordable cost.
Our Office of Micro-Credentials partners with the global digital badging platform, Credly, to give students a way to verify their efforts. Once they complete the required courses, they receive a digital badge stating they achieved the capability. Micro-credentials associated with the data analytics program include:
- Data Analyst (DA)
- Principal Data Scientist (PDS)
- Big Data Architect (BDA)
- Big Data Analyst (BDA)
- Data Warehouse Engineer (DWE)
- Business Analysis Engineer (BAE)
Career Outlook With A Data Analytics Degree
No matter the industry, every organization uses big data to inform its decisions. Numerous job opportunities exist for those who study data analytics. Earning a master’s degree can boost your chances of getting a rewarding job, as it proves you have the advanced educational experience to perform various tasks related to the field. Below is a list of possible career paths to seek after graduating from the MSDA program, along with average salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
- Big-data Architect ($98,860)
- Management Analyst ($87,660)
- Data Scientist ($126,830)
- Research Analyst ($85,950)
- Data Analytics Professor ($85,540)
Earn Your Master of Science in Data Analytics
At Fairfax University of America, we believe students should have access to affordable, business-centered instruction that gives them the necessary skills to be transformative leaders in a global and multi-dimensional society. Students receive exceptional flexibility with the direction of their studies and accomplish personal and professional growth while pursuing an education.