The School of Professional Studies at Saint Louis University offers two online data analytics programs: a Master of Science in Applied Analytics, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with a Data Analytics track. The master’s program focuses on data technologies, data mining, and the organizational leadership strategies associated with data analytics. This is a 36-credit master’s program that can be completed in approximately 14 months by full-time students who enroll in two courses per eight-week term. Part-time students who opt to take one course per term can expect to graduate in roughly two-and-a-half years.
The online data analytics bachelor’s program offered by Saint Louis University is the equivalent of a four-year undergraduate degree with a major that stresses training in the tools and technologies used to collect, process, and interpret data in the business world. It includes coursework in database design, information governance, and data mining, as well as a capstone project that gives students the opportunity to work with an organization on implementing real world data solutions. The program requires students to complete 120 credit hours of coursework, including 48 credit hours in a general studies core. Students have the option of enrolling full-time or part-time. The time it takes to complete the program depends on two factors: the number of credit hour the program accepts from prior college coursework and/or professional experience; and the number of classes taken per term.
The data analytics master’s and bachelor’s programs offered by St. Louis University are 100% online and do not require any campus visits. The school utilizes a learning management system (LMS) that supports asynchronous instruction. Students can access recorded video lectures and other course materials on-demand through the LMS. Each course requires students to complete weekly assignments and term projects according to a set schedule, and to participate in regular online discussion forums moderated by instructors. All courses are organized according to a weekly schedule to ensure that students stay on track with their classmates.
The online MS in Applied Analytics curriculum features a balance of coursework in statistics, computing technologies, and business theory and practice. It is grounded in three core courses: Foundations of Applied Analytics; Programming and Problem Solving; and Information Retrieval. Students then cover a range of topics in technology and leadership in the following courses: Evidence-Based Decision Making; Information Visualization and Presentation; Project Management; Contemporary Issues in Analytics; Organizational Dynamics; Contemporary Organizational Leadership; Applied Research Methods; and Applied Analytics. The program culminates with an Applied Analytics Project that serves as a six-credit capstone course and gives students an opportunity to work through an approved analytics problem using the skills and knowledge they have acquired.
The curriculum for the online BS in Computer Information Systems with a Data Analytics track has two components. There are eleven required foundation courses (33 credit hours) in Computer Information Systems, including the capstone experience. These courses include: Information Systems and Technology; Introduction to Programming; Discrete Methods and Models; Software Engineering; Principles of Object Oriented Programming; Computing in Society; Database Analysis and Design; Networking and Telecommunications I; and Project Management Laboratory. There are an additional 27 credit hours of electives in Computer Information Systems that students are required to complete, and there are four required Data Analytics track courses: Analytics and Modeling; Cyber Security and Governance of Data; Enterprise Application Development; and Data Mining.
Saint Louis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.