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Data Analytics Master’s Degree

As demand for data analysts in the current job market continues to rise, the Master of Science in Data Analytics was developed by a partnership between the Kansas State University College of Business and six departments across the K-State campus, including computer science, economics, geography, mathematics, statistics and industrial manufacturing systems engineering.

This 30 credit hour online master’s degree is designed to provide the skills associated with scientific and systematic methods of decision-making. Students in the program will learn how to mine, manage and interpret large sets of data in this high-demand field.

The degree offers two tracks, with a data science track and an applied analytics track, each focusing on different aspects of data analytics. The data science track focuses on techniques, methods and algorithms, while the applied analytics track is more practical in applying methods toward business problems and communication with stakeholders.

Careers in Data Analytics

  • Data analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Analytics/Management consultant
  • Operations analyst
  • HR analyst
  • Product analyst
  • Social media analyst
  • Sports analyst
  • Healthcare data analyst
  • Predictive analyst
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Data engineer
  • Data visualization specialist

Program Administration

The data analytics master's degree is a cooperative interdisciplinary program of the Colleges of Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering. The College of Business Administration serves as the academic home for the program, coordinating administration of the program and providing administrative support.

Academically, the program is governed by a steering committee with representatives from the participating departments: Computing and Information Sciences, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Statistics, and Global Campus.

Two faculty, one with an applied analytics focus and the other with a focus on data science, serve as advisors for the program. The advisors provide curriculum leadership, respond to student inquiries, evaluate student admissions, advise students and develop plans of study, as well as other academic related tasks.  All correspondence should be directed to the College of Business Administration


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The data analytics graduate certificate program is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Colleges of Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering.

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Quick Facts

Degree: Master of Science
College: Business Administration
Credits: 30
Course delivery: Online

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