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University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) - Online Master of Science in Data Analytics Program

The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) offers an online Master of Science in Data Analytics degree program that targets the IT tools and computer technologies used to support tactical and strategic decision-making in the business world. The analytics curriculum focuses on data mining, data warehousing, data security, and the interpretation of large datasets. This is a 36-credit master’s program that includes a six-credit practicum. It is designed to be completed in two years of part-time enrollment. The program is 100% online and does not require any campus visits.

UMGC’s online programs utilize a learning management system (LMS) that supports asynchronous instruction. Videotaped lectures and other course materials are accessible to students on-demand through the LMS, 24-7. Students can also interact with instructors and classmates through online discussion boards. The school offers an Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMGC course that serves as an initiation to online learning, which is required for students in all graduate programs.

The MS in Data Analytics curriculum at UMGC is grounded in five core courses that are meant to prepare students for a Data Analytics Practicum at the end of the program. Each of these core courses counts for six credits. The courses include: Decision Management Systems; Data Management and Visualization; Data Mining; Predictive Modeling; and Big Data Analytics. Students are required to take these courses in sequence, after which they can enroll in the practicum, which centers around the applied use of open-source and commercial analytics tools to complete a case study using real-world data.

The University of Maryland Global Campus is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

University of Maryland Global Campus

Programs Offered: Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Instruction Methods: Program uses asynchronous instruction. Students can log in at any time during the week and interact with professors and classmates through online discussion boards.
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Online Master of Science in Data Analytics program

Program Overview
Program Type: Analytics
Degree Conferred: Masters
Program Structure: Online instruction with no campus visits required
Example Courses: Data Management and Visualization, Data Mining, Predictive Modeling, Big Data Analytics
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Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 36 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Five start dates per year
Curriculum Options: Part-time only
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 2 years
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
Degree Required for Admission: Bachelor's Degree
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0 (students with a GPA lower than 3.0 might be eligible for admission with either a sufficient GRE or GMAT score (75 percentile in quantitative section) or if they hold an IT related certification)
Testing Requirements: GRE or GMAT required (if GPA lower than 3.0)
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$24,984 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $694 per credit hour
Eligibility Information: Program currently accepts students from all 50 states

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