Texas A&M University offers an online Master of Science in Analytics degree program through its College of Science in conjunction with Mays Business School. The program targets the technological proficiencies, quantitative skills, and organizational management approaches used by data-driven businesses. The curriculum incorporates coursework in statistical modeling, advanced computer programing, enterprise database systems, and financial accounting. This is a 36-credit degree program that is designed to be completed in five semesters, or 20 months, of part-time enrollment. It includes two required campus visits, one at the beginning and one and the end of the program.
The online MS in Analytics program at Texas A&M utilizes synchronous instruction and runs concurrently with the campus-based program. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Texas A&M’s Houston campus, and are live streamed to online students at that time. Online students are then able to interact with classmates and instructors through a virtual classroom platform as they attend these live lectures. Students also interact with classmates and instructors during the two required on-campus sessions.
The coursework in Texas A&M’s MS in Analytics curriculum in broken down into roughly 75% statistics, and 25% business analytics, with a capstone project at the end of the program that give students the opportunity to synthesize and apply what they have learned. The core requirements includes eight courses in the following subject areas: Regression Analysis; Methods in Time Series Analysis; Methods in Multivariate Analysis; Applied Analytics Using SAS Enterprise Miner; Advanced Programming Using SAS; Financial Accounting; Business Data Base Systems; and Marketing Engineering. Students can then choose from two of three electives: Introduction to Applied Bayesian Methods; Spatial Statistics; and Financial Modeling. In addition, students must complete a three-credit practicum spread over three semesters that focuses on project management, data privacy and security, teamwork, and organizational communications. The capstone project is spread over the final two semesters, and involves research and quantitative assessment of a real-world business problem. It culminates in an on-campus presentation at the end of the program.
Texas A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Mays Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).