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Penn State Online MS in Data Analytics.


Teaches students to examine the entire life cycle of analytics problem solving and play a major role in key business decisions.



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With Penn State’s online Master’s in Data Analytics, students will examine the entire life cycle of analytics problem solving and evolve as a primary influencer capable of driving key business decisions.

Students will explore in detail business problem framing, analytics problem framing data, methodology (approach) selection, model building, deployment, and model life cycle management.

The program teaches students to analyze massive real-world data sets to tell a compelling story while giving students valuable exposure to contemporary tools and platforms:

  • Database framework. Oracle SQL, PostgreSQL, Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB
  • Programming languages. Python, Java, Docker
  • Statistical and data mining packages. R, SPSS, SAS, Rattle
  • Visualization tools. Tableau and Gephi
  • Machine learning tool sets. KNIME and Weka

This 100% online graduate program, delivered by Penn State World Campus, allows the working professional to earn a respected credential – without having to quit their job or put their life on hold.

Students have the option to select the base program with coursework tightly focused on database design, large-scale data and warehouses, and data-driven decision making. However, the program can be customized by selecting an option in either business analytics or marketing analytics.

Penn State’s online curriculum is also integrated, so courses associated with these concentrations also meet the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics or the Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics. This embedded structure allows students to earn a graduate certificate while in pursuit of their master’s degree.

Students can customize their program further by selecting elective courses that are most appropriate for their unique career goals. Elective topics include data visualization, deep learning, network and predictive analytics, advanced database design, large-scale databases for real-world analytics, regression methods, technical project management, and more.

Penn State currently has more than 300 part-time students in the online program, 75 percent of which reside outside of the state of Pennsylvania. Students have an average of 5 to 7 years of work experience and have some degree of quantitative skills in their background.

Penn State offers 3 intakes every year and reviews applications on a rolling basis. GMAT or GRE waivers are available to highly qualified candidates. Learn more about Penn State’s comprehensive portfolio of data analytics programs, designed completely online for working adults.


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