The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) 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.
UMUC’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 UMUC 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 UMUC 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 University College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.