Program Overview

Western Governors University is now accepting applications for its online Master of Science in Data Analytics degree program. The curriculum is designed for professionals seeking specialized knowledge and skills necessary to forecast trends, solve problems, and leverage the power of big data to transform business. Coursework focuses on key competencies sought by today’s employers, including:

• Evaluation of phenomena represented in data sets for forecasting trends and solving problems.
• Utilization of industry-standard tools for manipulating and representing data.
• Communication of information and data trends using data visualization techniques.
• Application of industry standards and best practices in data analytics to an organizational decision-making process.

WGU’s online M.S. in Data Management will prepare you for a variety of important positions in the public, private, or nonprofit job market, including Business Intelligence Analyst, Database Architect, Marketing Manager, and many other in-demand careers.

Students in this program will typically have some background in programming, analytics, or statistics, but need not be experienced in all three. The program includes real-world projects applicable to your daily work and is designed to be completed in four six-month terms.

WGU is a nonprofit university committed to providing accessible, affordable, high-quality education that meets the needs of working adults.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: Yes

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    The program requires a total of 32 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

    Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university, and must also demonstrate experience with data analysis through at least one of the following methods:

    • A bachelor’s degree in information systems, systems engineering, data management, data analysis, CS, software, statistics, accounting/finance.
    • Hold an Udacity nanodegree in data analytics.
    • Submit a resume for review showing at least 3 years of significant and recent experience in data analysis.
    • Verification of a current Oracle SQL, Oracle BI, or SAS certification that has been earned in the past five years.

    School Overview

    WGU offers over 50 degree programs in teacher education, business, information technology, and healthcare (including nursing). These programs are best suited for individuals with at least one year of college experience.

    Online degrees based on your skills and knowledge

    At Western Governors University—a private, nonprofit, online university—your competence is the ultimate focus of every degree program. By emphasizing mastery of essential skills and knowledge as opposed to accumulating credit hours or seat time, WGU’s innovative approach to online learning rewards focused, hard-working adult learners. Progress toward your degree is based on passing rigorous assessments (such as tests, projects, assignments, etc.) which measure your skills and knowledge in your field of study. We call it competency-based learning.

    WGU’s rigorous yet flexible learning model gives the university a unique advantage over other online programs.

    Here’s what the WGU advantage means to you:

    Flexibility and Affordability. Our competency-based approach to learning allows for extensive personalization of your degree program. With assessments determining your success instead of credit hours or seat time, you’ll enjoy an education that can fit into your schedule. In most cases, you will access course material or study independently at the time and place you choose. Also, if you come into your program with years of knowledge and experience, you may be able to complete your assessments faster. Since you pay for tuition at a flat rate per six-month term, you’re paying for the time you need to complete your assessments. The faster you finish your assessments, the more money you can save.

    Credibility through Accreditation. WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Teachers College at WGU is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)—the first exclusively online teacher education institution to achieve this distinction. WGU’s nursing programs are also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036).

    Commitment and Support. As a WGU student, you’ll have the support of a team of mentors committed to your success. You will work with a dedicated student mentor as well as course mentors who will support you every step of the way through your degree program. You’ll also interact with an online learning community of students in your same program, so you’re never alone.

    If you’re an organized, independent learner willing to devote at least 20 hours a week to your studies, but require flexibility in time and place to complete your education, WGU could be the smart choice. As a nonprofit institution, WGU does not rely on state or federal funding and is not subject to review from funding agencies.

    Note: In Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, through partnerships with these states, WGU operates as WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington respectively. Students who live in these states will receive information from and ultimately enroll in these state universities.


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