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Bachelor of Science

Online Data Analytics and Data Management Degree

3rd Party Certifications Included in this Degree

OVERVIEW

A Data Management and Data Analytics Degree Program that will Prepare you for a Lucrative Career


 

In addition to increasing your earning potential and opportunities for advancement, earning your bachelor’s degree in data analytics/data management also puts you right at the center of turning raw data into usable information. This online data analytics degree program provides a solid background in database management as well as applications in data wrangling, analysis, and visualization. You'll also learn about leadership and management skills that will help you propel your career even further. In many degree programs, you would have to choose a degree in data management or a different degree in data analytics—at WGU, you can earn one degree that provides both! Best of all, since this degree in data management and analytics is fully online, you can continue to work and earn money while you pursue higher education. 

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70% of students finish within 

37 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.

Tuition per six-month term is

$3,625

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

On average students transfer

27 credits

Nothing is standing in your way. Find out how many courses you can waive. A transcript review will determine your transfer credits.

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Next Start Date: January 1

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COURSES & COMPETENCIES

Data Management & Data Analytics Courses

Our Bachelor of Science Data Management and Data Analytics degree program was designed, and is regularly updated, with input from key experts on our Information Technology Program Council. In addition to core IT skills, the program focuses on data analysis, machine learning, Python, R, scripting and programming, and more.

Earning a bachelor’s degree designed by industry experts adds theoretical depth to the practical knowledge you already have. The experts who make up our IT Program Council know exactly what it takes for a graduate to be successful in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of cloud computing.

The B.S. Data Management and Data Analytics program is an all-online program. You’ll complete program requirements independently, with instruction and support from WGU faculty. You’ll be expected to complete at least 12 competency units for each 6-month term. Each course is typically three or four 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 Management
Full Stack Engineering
IT Fundamentals
Scripting and Programming
Network and Security
Business of IT
Web Development
Software
Data Analytics
Data Science
Computer Science
Technical Writing
General Education
Capstone

39 Courses

Program consists of 39 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to ensure your degree is proof you really 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—a research project applicable to the field of data analytics and management that aims to expand the body of knowledge in the profession.

“WGU was an awesome time. The counselor was very persistent in ensuring I was staying on track understood life circumstances come up. The instructors made sure I knew where to look for answers and assisted in knowing the information. The faculty was helpful in providing their specialized support."

—Edward Carter
B.S. Data Management and 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 management and 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,
Recognized

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. 

 

IT CERTIFICATIONS

3rd Party Data Management Certifications Included


 

This combined data management and data analytics degree also includes multiple industry-recognized certifications from organizations such as CompTIA, Udacity, and CIW. You can “earn while you learn” when you choose a degree in data management and analytics from WGU—your valuable certs can start boosting your résumé before you even graduate. Udacity Nanodegree holders enjoy ongoing support from Udacity that includes employment placement, résumé support, networking and LinkedIn guidance, and more. Earning your Udacity Nanodegree as part of your program entitles you to all the benefits offered by Udacity— without adding any cost or time to your degree program.  

  • A+ (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Network+
  • Project+
  • IT Operations Specialist
  • WGU Data Analyst Nanodegree from Udacity
  • CIW Data Analyst

COST & TIME

An Affordable Online Data Management 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 2019 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

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.
 

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

Designed for Professionals with Tech Talent, Competency-Based Education Puts You in the Driver’s Seat of Your Data Management and Analytics Degree

You’ve worked in tech for years. Your experience, skill, and hard work have gotten you this far, but the next step requires something you don't have: your degree. We believe your experience should count for something. You deserve a bachelor’s degree program that will take into account all the know-how you’ve gained over the years, allowing you to move through courses as quickly as you can prove you've mastered the material. No waiting for other students or the end of the semester. No sitting through classes you could teach. Just a smart, direct path to the degree your career needs and the respect you deserve.

"WGU was a blessing for me. I had been going to school for 4 years already when I switched to WGU. Instead of having to go to school part time and only complete a few courses a year, I was able to complete my work at my own pace. I transferred in 45 credits to WGU, and in a year completed about 70 more. I don't know if I ever would have finished my degree without WGU. On top of all that, the faculty were amazing, my mentor was always looking out for me, and I learned a ton.”

—Jessica
B.S. Data Management and Data Analytics

CAREER OUTLOOK

Drive Decisions and Lead Teams with an Online Data Analytics Degree Program that Prepares You for Your Future

Nearly every transaction, whether it's social, commercial, medical, or academic, requires the expert management and in-depth analysis of big data. And with the continuing, exponential growth of data, the corresponding need for data managers and data analysts is also on the rise. Earning a degree and top industry certifications in data analytics will give you crucial skills and training to be ready for this exciting and lucrative career. You'll be able to help drive decisions and act as a linchpin for your organization with your skills and experience.

Our economy runs on data, and the amount of data we use is growing at an unprecedented rate. Every industry from advertising to zoology is going digital, and the big organizations need experts who can manage their big data. When you have completed your data management and analytics degree online, you will find that your skills as a data analyst are in high demand. The knowledge, techniques, and certifications you’ll earn as you complete your degree will provide you with all the tools necessary for a for a successful career in big data.

Return on Your Investment

25%

The number of positions for operations resource analysts is set to grow by a staggering 25% from 2019 to 2029.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A Data Management Degree Program Designed to Help You Excel

Some of the job titles a graduate of this data management and analytics bachelor’s degree program are qualified for include:

  • Data Scientist
  • Automation Architect
  • SQL Query Builder
  • R Programmer
  • AI Trainer
  • Tableau Report Developer
  • QA Analyst
  • Python Programmer
  • Analytics Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Statistician

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers

ADMISSIONS

Data Management and Data Analytics Admissions Requirements

To be considered for enrollment into this program, you must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent AND demonstrate program readiness through one of the following:

  • Option 1: Submit transcripts documenting completion of college-level coursework with a minimum of 2.5 GPA or higher. 
  • Option 2: Possess a bachelors or associate degree (A.A, A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable) from an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Option 3: Demonstrate at least two years of IT work experience through resume review.
  • Option 4: Submit official record of completion of a transferable IT certification, some of which may provide transfer credit  into various programs.
  • Option 5: Submit high school transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.75 GPA and a B grade or higher in a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)course. *Only advanced mathematics courses will satisfy this requirement
  • Option 6: Submit transcripts documenting completion of previous IT coursework. IT coursework must be 300 level or higher.

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

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FAQs about Data Management and Data Analytics

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.

The best data analytics course will entirely depend on what you are hoping to learn! When you pursue a degree in data analysis you will learn a wide variety of things, including: 

  • IT Leadership
  • Data Governance
  • Data Systems Administration
  • Advanced Data Management
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Data Wrangling
  • Analysis
  • Data Analysis with R
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Visualization
  • Introduction to Programming in Python
  • Networks
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Spreadsheets
  • Web Development Foundations

A degree in data analytics is well worth the time and cost for students. When you earn a bachelor's degree in data analytics you gain valuable credentials and experience that can prepare you for a wide variety exciting careers. Earning a degree can help you earn more money, be prepared for a promotion or career move, and give you increased stability in your career. 

On average data analysts earn more than $70,000 per year, and the industry is expected to grow 20% by the year 2029. Both of these factors point to strong salary levels and high stability in the career, making it a good choice for many.

Data science and data analytics as IT fields are expected to grow 15-20% in the next few years. These professions are in high demand, especially when compared to the national average for job growth which is about 5%. More industries and organizations are understanding the need for highly trained data analysts and scientists to help drive decision-making, contributing to the high growth of these professions. 

A bachelor’s degree in data analytics and management will qualify you for a number of entry-level data analyst positions. These positions include data engineer, operations analyst, data analyst, analytics engineer, and digital marketing analyst. You will need strong analytical skills with competencies in areas including statistics, finance, math, computer science, and economics. A data analyst degree will give you the skills and expertise you need to excel and progress in your career in data analytics.

A data analytics degree may qualify you for the following jobs:

  • Data engineer
  • Operations analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Analytics engineer
  • Digital marketing analyst

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