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Prepare to work in the rapidly growing field of data analytics

Enhance necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in analyzing big data

Data Analytics (Master of Science)

Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics

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The data analytics market is happening now! The World Economic Forum ranked data analysts as the #1 job with increasing demand. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for data analysts to grow by more than 30% between 2022 and 2030. According to Forbes, “Decision makers must prioritize data analytics in 2022” and in 2022, “Organizations will redefine what it means to build a culture of analytics.” The demand for data analysts is real, and it is now. Slippery Rock University's Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA) prepares professionals to work in this rapidly-growing field of data analytics and big data.

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SRU's Master of Science in Data Analytics is 33 credits with an accelerated 8-week class format. The program can be completed in 10 months full-time or 2 years part-time. One particularly distinguishing feature of the program is its validation by alignment with standards established by professional certificate programs. Students who complete the program will receive a joint SAS logocertificate in statistical applications and data analytics from SRU and the SAS (Statistical Analysis System) Institute Inc. SAS Institute Inc. is one of the most widely used software platforms in the world for performing data analytics and statistical analysis. SRU is 1 of only 56 institutions in the country that offer SAS certificate upon graduation. This will give graduates of the program a significant advantage in the marketplace.

The MSDA will provide the training necessary for the Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) exam. The aCAP exam is a broad-based analytics exam administered by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). INFORMS is the largest professional organization in the world that supports operations research, management science, and data analytics.


SRU's Master of Science degree in Data Analytics offers:

  • 100% Online Coursework  
  • Accelerated 8-week class format 
  • A 33-credit program that can be completed in 10 months full-time or two years part-time 
  • Joint Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Certification 
  • Preparation for the aCAP or CAP exam 
  • Training in big data analytics, machine learning, and state-of-the-art technologies 
  • Highly accomplished and dedicated faculty with external business experience 
  • Internship option 

If the MS degree is not for you, SRU also offers a 12-credit Data Analytics Graduate Certificate with accelerated 8-week courses.  


Attention: To apply for admission, please use the following link to apply now.

  • $25 Application Fee
  • Complete of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better:
    • Differential Calculus
    • Integral Calculus
    • Probability/Inferential Statistics
    • A programming language (C, C++, Java, Python)
  • Students are expected to be familiar with multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and mathematical statistics
  • All prerequisite courses must be complete before entering the program
  • Students with a cumulatiave GPA less than an 3.00, with prerequisite coursework, may apply for conditional admission
  • Official undergraduate degree transcript(s) and any graduate transcripts (Official transcripts must be sent by the institution via electronic transcript to or via mail.  Faxed copies are not considered official)
  • SRU current/Alumni/former students click here to order your official SRU final transcript and have it sent to
  • GRE not required

*If you are requesting review of your graduate transcripts for transfer of credit, please complete the transfer of credit form and submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions with official graduate transcripts. Please review SRU's transfer of credit policy.