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Online Master's in Data Analytics and Data Science Programs in Ohio

Currently, there are three schools in the state of Ohio that offer online master’s in analytics programs: Kent State University, the University of Dayton, and Ohio University. While the program offered by Kent State can be completed entirely online, the programs offered by Ohio University and the University of Dayton require one weekend-long campus visit. All three universities are non-profit institutions that have been regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The School of Digital Sciences at Kent State University offers an online Master of Digital Sciences with a concentration in Data Science program that classifies as a master’s in data science program based on its curriculum. The program provides training and instruction in computer systems used by businesses and other organizations to collect, manage, and analyze large streams of data, as well as in the modeling techniques used by data scientists to process structured, semi-structured, and unstructured datasets. Students in the program are required to take five data science and three digital sciences courses, after which they have the option of completing either a capstone project or a master’s thesis on an approved topic in data science.

The online learning platform used by Kent State supports asynchronous and synchronous instruction. Some lectures and most course materials are accessible on-demand, 24-7. However, classes may include real-time lectures and discussion groups as well, depending on the instructor and the subject matter. Students can complete the degree requirements in 12-16 months of full-time enrollment or opt to enroll part-time and graduate in two-to-three years. The program accepts applicants who plan to enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters. Part-time students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer sessions.

Ohio University’s College of Business offers an online Master of Business Analytics (MBAn) program that is designed to prepare students for data analytics work in the business sector. The 30-credit curriculum consists of nine three-credit courses that cover topics in predictive, descriptive, and prescriptive analytics methods, business intelligence systems, analytics programming, and the strategic use of information technology and analytics to improve decision making for businesses. Students earn the additional three credits required to graduate by completing an Applied Business Experience and Analytics Practicum that makes use of computer-based simulation software.

The LMS used by the Ohio University College of Business supports both synchronous and asynchronous online instruction. Most of the business school’s online courses utilize asynchronous instruction, which means students can access pre-recorded lectures and other course materials at their convenience, 24-7. However, some courses may include real-time synchronous sessions that require students to be logged on the program’s LMS at specific times. The program has a flexible enrollment policy that accommodates full-time and part-time students and three annual start dates, in the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Students can complete the program in as few as 20 months.

The University of Dayton’s School of Business Administration offers an online Master of Business Analytics (Analytics@Dayton) program. The Analytics@Dayton program is a 33-credit online master’s in analytics program with a curriculum that includes coursework in statistical modeling, data-based decision making, and business, marketing, and supply chain analytics. The program has three required foundational courses, eight applied analytics course requirements, and a final capstone project that students must complete prior to receiving their degree. Completing the program typically takes 12 months for full-time students and 18 months for students who enroll on a part-time basis.

The University of Dayton’s online Analytics@Dayton program utilizes synchronous instruction, which means that students are required to log on to the program’s learning management system (LMS) at scheduled times for lectures and other instructional activities. The program accepts applications for start dates four times per year, in January, April, July, and October.

In addition to the programs offered by Kent State University, Ohio University, and the University of Dayton, there are 72 schools in other states that offer online master’s in analytics programs that accept applicants from Ohio. While there is often no difference in tuition costs for in-state and out-of-state online students, prospective applicants should confirm total costs with each school as some do charge higher tuition rates for students who are not a resident of the state in which the school has a physical campus. Find all online master’s in analytics programs by checking out our Online Master’s in Data Analytics and Online Master’s in Data Science pages.

Online Data Analytics and Data Science Programs in Ohio

School Fully Online Instruction* Programs
Kent State University Yes Data Science (Master of Digital Sciences)
Ohio University No Analytics (Master of Business Analytics)
University of Dayton Yes Analytics (Master of Business Analytics)

*Programs with fully online instruction do not require students to visit the campus during the program. Programs marked “No” require students to visit the campus two or fewer times per year for on-campus orientations or intensive sessions.