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Online Master's in Data Analytics


A Master’s in Data Analytics Degree Program That Prepares You for a Fulfilling Career


Maximize your earning potential and career advancement opportunities with this data science and analytics master’s degree from WGU. This online degree program is a great way to expand your career into the following areas:

  • Data science and analytics
  • Data mining
  • Machine learning
  • Data management
  • Database applications

This data analytics degree program focuses on both theory and application, allowing you to “learn by doing” as you complete data science and analytics projects in stages. We use cutting-edge technology to help you learn about machine learning, modern analytic tools and languages (Python, R, SQL, and Tableau), and more. Additionally, this unique program allows you to choose from a variety of datasets around industry-specific themes to completely customize your degree. Learn exactly what you want and need for your career.


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70% of students finish within 

23 Months*

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance as soon as you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

*WGU Internal Data

Tuition per six-month term is


Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps you control the ultimate cost of your degree. Finish faster, pay less!

Certifications that may transfer


Your Oracle SQL Expert certification may waive course requirements.

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Data Analytics Courses

The WGU M.S. Data Analytics degree program was designed, and is regularly updated, with input from the experts on our Information Technology Program Council. This ensures that you learn best practices for the latest developments in data analytics.

This information technology degree program is composed of the following courses. You will typically complete them one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and learn the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on. This means you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.

The M.S. Data Analytics degree program is an all-online program that you will complete through independent study with the support of WGU faculty. You will be expected to complete at least 8 competency units (WGU's equivalent of the credit hour) each 6-month term. (Each course is typically 3 or 4 units). There’s no limit on the number of units you can complete each term, so the more courses you complete, the quicker you can finish your program.

Data Analytics
Data Visualization
Data Mining
Data Management

11 Courses

Program consists of 11 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.

Capstone Project

Special requirements for this program

At the end of your program, you will complete a capstone project that represents the culmination of all your hard work—this project consists of a technical work proposal, the proposal’s implementation, and a post-implementation report that describes the graduate’s experience. 


“I just completed my master's program at WGU, and overall I had a very positive experience. The online degree program was extremely flexible, and that was critical for my success in the program because of other work and family demands. The program mentors were just as flexible and provided helpful guidance along the way, and I feel like I learned a lot during the program. Also, the cost for the program was very reasonable, and they even worked with my employer to provide a tuition discount and deferral program. I would definitely recommend WGU!!”

M.S. Data Analytics

Why WGU?

Earning Potential

According to a 2021 Harris Poll, just two years after graduation, WGU grads report earning $18,200 more per year, and that amount increases to $25,900 four years after graduation.

On Your Schedule

No class times, no assignment deadlines. You are in charge of your learning and schedule. You can move through your courses as quickly as you master the material, meaning you can graduate faster.

Entirely Online

The data analytics bachelor's degree at WGU is 100% online, which means it works wherever you are. You can do your coursework at night after working at your full-time job, on weekends, while you're traveling the world or on vacation—it's entirely up to you.

Accredited, Respected,

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized. 


Data Analytics Certificates Included in this Degree


Completing this degree program includes several WGU certificates: Data Preparation, Data Analytics Fundamentals, and Advanced Data Modeling. Earning certificates on the path to your degree gives you the knowledge, skills, and credentials that will immediately boost your résumé—even before you complete your degree program.

  • Data Preparation Certificate
  • Data Analytics Fundamentals
  • Advanced Data Modeling


An Affordable Online Data Analytics Degree

By charging per six-month term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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A College Degree Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2022 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

*WGU undergraduate students have approximately half the debt at graduation compared to the national average, according to the Institute for College Access and Success (2022).

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.


Competency-Based Education Puts You in the Driver’s Seat of Your Data Analytics Degree

Online. Competency-based. Student-obsessed. Countless things that make our programs a great fit for today’s working students—and make WGU a different kind of university. Our learning model is just one of those. 

Competency-based degree programs allow you to speed up your progress. No waiting for other class members to catch up or for a new semester to start. Taking a course covering concepts you’ve been applying for years? Review the online course material, take the online assessment, and move on. Taking a course in a subject you’ve never tried? Maximize all available resources to ensure you’re comfortable with the material by the time you take the assessment.

"I have dreamed about completing my master's degree for many years now and it became a reality only because of WGU. I am so thankful to WGU administration. Many thanks to my mentors and course instructors along the way. Thank you so much WGU!!!”

—Naga Satya Srivani
M.S. Data Analytics


Data Leadership Careers Start with a Master's Degree in Data Analytics

When properly analyzed, every transaction—commercial, medical, social, or academic—can help lead to better business decisions and outcomes in your industry. WGU is key in helping you gain the critical skills and experience you need to thrive in your professional sector. Increase your earning potential, boost your résumé with valuable credentials, and find a career you love with the help of an information technology degree.

From sports to entertainment, every industry is going digital. Organizations need experts who can maximize that data. When you’ve completed your data analytics degree program online, your skills will already be in high demand. The knowledge and techniques you’ll gain as you complete your degree will provide you with all the tools necessary for a successful career.

Return on Your Investment


The number of positions for operations research analysts is projected to grow by an astounding 36% from 2021 to 2031.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Learn About All the Job Opportunities in Data Analytics

Students who earn a master’s degree in data analytics will be prepared to maximize leadership opportunities in careers including:

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Administrator
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Information Research Scientist
  • Advanced Analytics Expert

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers


Data Analytics Admissions Requirements

To be considered for enrollment in this program, you must:

1. Possess a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, Business degree (Quantitative Analysis, Accounting, Economics, Finance, or degree with similar quantitative focus). 


2. Possess any bachelor’s degree PLUS one of the following:

  • Two years of related work experience
  • Relevant and current IT certification
  • Related IT coursework 

NOTE: You do not need to take the GRE or GMAT to be admitted to this program. Learn why we don't require these tests.

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FAQs about Master's in Data Analytics Programs

You should speak with an Enrollment Counselor. WGU can often provide advice or resources to help a prospective student fulfill enrollment prerequisites.

When you enroll in a WGU degree program, our goal is to see you through to graduation. Admission requirements are designed to increase your likelihood of success. Years of data and experience with the nontraditional students WGU serves have shown us how various types of academic and professional experience can be highly important in helping a student persist to graduation. Industry certifications are one of many ways a student can meet eligibility.

WGU has an obligation to our graduates—and their current and future employers—to ensure WGU alumni have mastered the most up-to-date, current competencies and skills needed in the workplace. Recency of certifications helps us ensure that students have demonstrated competency in skills as they are needed in today's working world.

As a full-time student, you will be required to maintain a minimum pace of 12 competency units (CUs) per term for undergraduate programs or 8 CUs per term for graduate programs. However, there is no maximum speed—once you complete a course, you move immediately to the next, and you complete a course not by waiting for the syllabus, the professor, or the rest of the class. You progress by learning the material and proving it—so you can move through your coursework at the speed of your own learning and experience.

Instructors are highly educated, experienced experts in the subject matter of a course. Unlike in a traditional university where going to class means listening to an instructor lecture while you take notes and try to learn in a group setting, WGU's Instructors provide one-on-one instruction and support when you need it—tailoring the instruction to your precise needs when you need it. Instructors also provide additional resources, lead topical discussions in online communities, and find countless other ways to bring a specific course to life for students.

Absolutely. Data makes our world go round, and every business in every industry needs data to help make decisions. You can work in any field with the help of a degree in data analytics. A master's in data analytics will prepare you to convert raw data into meaningful information that can help business leaders make decisions. Become a great influence with the help of an master's degree in data analytics.

An MS in data analytics is a Master of Science in Data Analytics. This degree helps students learn how to do the many tasks associated with taking raw data and turning it into meaningful information. This includes data mining, programming, analyzation, and more.

A master's degree in data science or data analytics is a great option for IT professionals who are looking to take their career to the next level. Experience in the IT field will be extremely helpful as you pursue a master's degree in data analytics. If you're looking to start a career in IT, a bachelor's degree or certifications can help you begin.

Common careers for those with a master's degree in data analytics include:

  • Data analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Data engineer
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Information research scientist
  • Advanced analytics expert

A master's degree in data science or data analytics can be challenging, but if you have a solid background and understanding in IT, you'll be able to excel. Experience, education, and certifications in IT can help you be better prepared for this master's degree.

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