Master of Science in Data Analytics

The ability to analyze data and make strategic decisions is critical to success in the modern workplace. The M.S. in Data Analytics from Nexford empowers you with the technical and data skills needed to lead organizations and unlock the true potential of data. Become a master of data analysis and shape the future of your career.

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The skills you develop during the MSDA program will transform your career path. With new knowledge and skills, you will add immediate value to organizations you support and drive influence in strategic decision-making.

Ranked #1: Analytical Thinking

The World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report (2023) ranks Analytical Thinking as the top skill organizations will prioritize from 2023 through 2027.

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Why choose an MS in Data Analytics

Be a Top Candidate for High-Demand Roles

The industry urgently needs individuals with data analytics skills, and by obtaining a Master of Science in Data Analytics, you can acquire the necessary technical skills and business acumen to transition from an individual contributor to a leader. These skills and expertise will make you an exceptionally desirable candidate for new opportunities and professional growth.

Elevate Your Expertise with Dual Credentials

Our MS in Data Analytics program not only equips you with a cutting-edge degree but also grants you exclusive access to the highly sought-after CompTIA Data+ certification. This industry-recognized credential validates your data expertise, making you a more competitive candidate and opening doors to exciting career opportunities.

By graduating with both a master's degree and the CompTIA Data+ certification, you'll showcase a comprehensive skill set that sets you apart in the data-driven job market. CompTIA Data + Certificate Logo (250x250)

What You Will Learn

Big Data

Big Data

Develop skills in managing, designing, and architecting large datasets to enable cross-functional teams to efficiently access and retrieve information for their work areas.

Modern Tools

Modern Tools

Build mastery in complex data analysis using advanced technologies such as SQL, Python, and R. Develop expertise in selecting the most suitable tools for each project.

Machine Learning

Apply machine learning and predictive modeling to real-world scenarios and gain valuable skills and experience to influence strategic decision-making.

Data Visualization

Data Visualization

Learn how to present complex information in a simple way that non-technical team members can understand and use.

Join A Global Community of Technology Innovators

Education can be a powerful tool to advance your career. Nexford graduates are digital natives who drive innovation and lead change in their organizations. With a new MS in Data Analytics, you will join a powerful community of graduates and gain access to new opportunities and future career growth.


Complete an MSDA in an average of 18 months or less. The faster you finish, the more money you’ll save.


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MS in Data Analytics: Program Courses

The Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA) program combines data mining, programmatic data analysis, statistical modeling, and data visualization courses with a solid foundation of soft skills and business education to transform learners into data-driven decision-makers and leaders.

    This course introduces programming with R and Python for data analysis and business analytics. Master the fundamentals of two powerful programming languages, R and Python, to effectively manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. Learn essential concepts such as variables, loops, functions, and data structures in Python while exploring R's statistical and graphical capabilities. Develop your skills through hands-on exercises and real-world examples, and gain the confidence to tackle complex data challenges. By the end of this course, you will be proficient in R and Python and ready to leverage their capabilities for data-driven decision-making in various industries and applications.

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    Data Modeling and Mining provides you with an opportunity to learn about data mining methods and applications. In this course, you will learn basic concepts and tools for data mining, including data sources, data cleaning tools, methods, mainstream algorithms for data mining, statistical modeling, and popular tools for mining structured data and unstructured data. You will also learn how data mining can be effectively used in various application areas and industries to drive decisions and actions. Additionally, you will be provided with various opportunities to demonstrate your abilities in data modeling and mining by using the tools introduced in this course.

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    This course is designed to provide learners with a deep understanding of the core principles, techniques, and applications of machine learning in the context of data-driven analytics. The course focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills required to develop, implement, and evaluate machine learning models that can be used to solve complex real-world problems in various industries, such as finance, healthcare, marketing, and supply chain management. Learners will explore a range of machine learning algorithms, including supervised and unsupervised learning techniques, reinforcement learning, and deep learning frameworks. They will also learn how to preprocess and analyze data, select appropriate features, and optimize model performance using evaluation metrics and validation strategies. Additionally, the course will cover ethical considerations and best practices in developing and deploying machine learning models.

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    In this comprehensive and hands-on course on data visualization and communication, learners will master the art of transforming complex data into clear, compelling visual representations. Through a blend of theoretical concepts and practical exercises, learners will gain knowledge on the principles of effective data visualization, explore various visualization techniques and tools, and gain proficiency in selecting the right visualizations to convey their message. Additionally, students will delve into the psychology of visual perception and learn how to create impactful visual narratives that resonate with diverse audiences. By the end of the course, learners will possess the skills and confidence to create visually stunning and informative data visualizations, enabling them to effectively communicate insights and drive informed decision-making in any field or industry.

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    This course offers a comprehensive understanding of the rapidly evolving field of IT's legal and ethical aspects, exploring the interplay between technology, law, and ethics. Topics covered include intellectual property rights, data privacy, cybersecurity, digital rights management, social media, artificial intelligence, and the societal impacts of emerging technologies. We'll also delve into ethical considerations and legal frameworks guiding IT decision-making. Join us to navigate this dynamic landscape while upholding legal and ethical principles.

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    What is the number one job skill American and global employees are lacking, according to LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner? Communication. The Art of Communication is designed to strengthen and promote a leadership-driven communications model that extends from an audience centered communications approach. How do leaders persuade shareholders? How do leaders negotiate with clients and business partners across cultures?

    This course introduces learners to a foundation in rhetorical awareness that will transfer through a variety of contexts, including corporate communications, public speaking, negotiation, and a range of executive leadership scenarios. Coursework includes genre analysis, professional writing, presentation design and delivery, and negotiation workshops.

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    Learn the foundation of how to apply advanced analytics skills to complex data analysis and modes. You’ll build an understanding of design, data analytics tools, and advanced analytics translators to communicate complex data-related requirements between data engineers, business, and IT stakeholders.

    The course examines four major areas; the momentum gains in the data and analytics revolution; the five elements of successful data analytics transformation; the mapping value in data ecosystems, and data analysis; the models of distribution.

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    This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of statistical principles and their application in the field of business analytics. Through a combination of theoretical concepts and practical exercises, students will develop the skills necessary to collect, analyze, and interpret data, enabling them to make informed decisions in a data-driven business environment. Topics covered include probability theory, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, and data visualization. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to utilize statistical techniques effectively, communicate insights to stakeholders, and contribute to data-informed decision-making processes.

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    Accounting and Financial Reporting engages learners in applying the principles of corporate finance and accounting to business decision making.

    Course topics include financial statements and other reports, the basics of financial forecasting and budgeting, accounting analytics, and the communications and vocabulary related to financial statements. Learners reconcile financial transactions and accounting records, and examine the implications of international differences in accounting frameworks and financial reporting requirements.

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    Before the year 2000, environmental management for a business was typically driven by the need to respond to restrictions imposed by environmental regulation; however, at the dawn of the new millennium, leading businesses began to change their concept of environmental management to look beyond simply meeting governmental dictates. These organizations began to evolve and utilize environmental strategy to create new ways of growing their business by bringing sustainability to the core of their business strategy.

    This course explores how to effectively work in senior management today, executives need to be knowledgeable not only about their specific business functions, but also, how their business will be impacted by governmental regulations & policies, corporate sustainability initiatives, green marketing regulations, industry guidelines or ‘best practices’, new sustainable technologies, energy planning, environmental performance metrics, and required reporting on the environmental impact of their business unit.

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    Analytics focuses on discovering the power of data-driven decisions in the competitive business landscape, harnessing the potential of their data in driving growth. The concepts in business analytics, such as data collection, data visualization, and statistical analysis, can be applied in the transformative journey of a data-driven organization. The course exposes learners to different analytical tools and techniques to be used to solve complex business problems, identify trends, and predict future outcomes. By mastering these essential skills, learners will become invaluable assets to any organization in any vertical looking to make data-driven decisions.

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    The Business Analytics Capstone Project is an immersive, project-based learning experience that allows learners to apply what they’ve learned throughout the business analytics studies about how to make data-driven decisions to real business challenges organizations face. Throughout the course, the learner will tackle real-world business problems in several verticals, such as marketing, finance, operations management, human resources, and organizational management. The learner will utilize data-driven decision-making techniques, cutting-edge analytical tools, and strategic thinking. This capstone course will challenge learners to synthesize their understanding of data visualization, predictive modeling, and machine learning while honing their communication and presentation skills. By the end of the course, they’ll be better prepared to make better data-driven business decisions in the ever-evolving field of business analytics.

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Careers: In-Demand Jobs

Data Analytics Manager

Data Analytics Managers oversee data collection, processing, modeling, and analysis. In this role you identify solutions from complex data sets and converts insights into strategic opportunities for a company.

Supply Chain Analyst

Leverage predictive analytics, problem-solving, and a range of business skills to forecast demand and facilitate the efficient functioning of the supply chain.

Data Scientist

Apply statistical modeling, machine learning, and analytical business skills to manage big data and extract valuable insights to influence business strategy and execution and drive innovation.

Director of BI

Director of BI

As Director of Business Intelligence (BI), you'll manage data assets and be responsible for data availability, accuracy, and integrity. Deep knowledge of data management and strong leadership skills are critical to aligning teams in data-driven decision-making.

Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer

Take charge in shaping and executing an organization's technology and information strategy to successfully achieve business objectives while effectively managing risks and ensuring competitive advantage.

Real-World, Job-Ready

95% of our learners gained valuable skills for work 

Nexford's MS in Data Analytics program is designed for highly motivated individuals ready to achieve their professional potential. To build our programs, we analyzed 30 million jobs and surveyed industry leaders – including those from Microsoft, Citibank, and Unilever.

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Get Certified: CompTIA Data+

Our M.S. in Data Analytics program not only equips you with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the data-driven world but also offers the exclusive opportunity to earn the renowned CompTIA Data+ certification. This industry-recognized credential validates your ability to transform raw data into actionable insights, empowering you to make informed decisions that drive business growth. By combining your master's degree with the CompTIA Data+ certification, you'll solidify your position as a sought-after data professional, ready to tackle complex challenges and lead data-driven initiatives.

Access: LinkedIn Learning

Nexford learners have access to LinkedIn Learning at no additional cost. Complete courses, earn badges — and share with your LinkedIn network.

Power BI

Power BI

Use Power BI to model data and create data visualizations.

Analytics Certificate

Analytics Certificate

Earn a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) credential.

Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics

Use big data to tell your customer's story.

ML, R and Excel

ML, R and Excel

Overview of machine learning and data reduction techniques

ML Foundations: Statistics

ML Foundations: Statistics

Learn how to use statistics to gain insights into data

Career Services: Start With The End in Mind

At Nexford, your career journey isn't an afterthought – it's integrated into your learning experience from day one. Our lifelong career services empower you with the tools and support needed to achieve your professional aspirations.

What's Included:

  • Job Simulations: Gain real-world experience through virtual simulations, practicing essential skills and building your resume.
  • Career Toolkit: Access a curated library of resources to craft winning resumes, optimize your LinkedIn profile, and ace interviews.
  • Career Advising: Receive personalized guidance from our Learner Success Team to navigate your job search and career development.
  • Hands-On Workshops: Participate in interactive workshops to hone your professional brand, networking skills, and interview techniques.

We're committed to your success long after graduation. At Nexford, you don't just earn a degree; you unlock a world of career possibilities.

Why Learn at Nexford

At Nexford we have reimagined the university experience, torn down the walls of the traditional campus, and designed a modern learning experience.

Career Success

At Nexford, your career success is our top priority. Our advisors provide personalized 1:1 support, and our career services guide your growth. Join us for a pathway to a thriving career.

Workplace Alignment

Our course design includes hands-on projects relevant to your career, allowing you to apply new skills immediately. The degree you earn aligns with the skills needed today and in the future.

Intersection of Business and Technology

Our program blends business knowledge and technical skills for early-stage professionals. You'll gain proficiency, understanding, and Power Skills needed for leadership roles.

Global Networking

Join a global community from over 110+ countries, earn a valuable credential, and build a strong network with professionals from Fortune 500 companies to startups.

Admission Requirements


We need proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution in a business-related field, including a course in basic statistics, with a valid copy of your official diploma and transcript. Documents not in English must be accompanied by official translations, such as those provided by a validated institutional official or embassy.

Please submit your university transcript during the application process in addition to your diploma, so it can be evaluated

  • If your Bachelor’s degree is in a business-related field - please submit your university transcript during the application process in addition to your diploma, so it can be evaluated. If you have not completed a Statistics course, you can still get a Nexford MSDA after completing our Statistics course with a minimum of a C or better.

  • If your Bachelor’s degree is not in a business-related field - you can still get a Nexford’s MSDA, although first you’ll have to complete our Business Fundamentals course and Statistics course with a minimum of a C or better.

  • If your Bachelor’s degree is not in a business-related field but you have completed a basic statistics course - you’ll have to complete our Business Fundamentals course with a minimum of a C or better.

For further details, please talk to our admissions team by contacting

At Nexford, we make translating your transcripts and diplomas easy. We offer an in-house translation service. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

English Proficiency

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to the Nexford University MSDA program, applicants must complete one (1) of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from an English-speaking college or university
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (see Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency)

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

MS in Data Analytics FAQ

The average length of the MSDA program is 18 months. Learners can finish more quickly or slowly (up to 27 months) depending on how many courses they take each month.

Learners should expect to commit 10-15 hours per week per course in the MSDA. The max duration for a course is 8 weeks, but learners can move at a quicker pace if they like.

At Nexford, we prioritize your investment in education over physical campuses. That's why our tuition fees are thoughtfully aligned with your local economy, providing a world-class education at a cost that reflects your region.

To determine the precise cost of our online Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA) program in your area, please visit our tuition page.  We're dedicated to making quality education attainable, regardless of your location.

We're also committed to affordability, which is why we offer a unique tuition cap for MSDA students.  Your total tuition cost will be capped at the standard completion time for your program (18 months) multiplied by your local tuition rate. This means even if your studies extend beyond 18 months, you won't incur additional tuition fees as long as you remain actively enrolled, up to a maximum of 27 months (150% of the standard program completion time).

Nexford programs are completely online and self-paced, within the maximum allowable time per course. Each course has 1 or 2 live sessions with the instructor, but those sessions are recorded and can be viewed at the learner’s convenience. Course assignments must be completed by the specified due dates, but there is otherwise no defined class schedule.

The MSDA, like all other Nexford programs, is a competency-based program, and as such, all courses include practical projects based on real-world scenarios in the field of digital transformation, such as:

  • Deriving insights from banking data and presenting those insights in a compelling visual presentation
  • Working with a big data set to clean the data, analyze it, run analytic models, and provide recommendations for action on a marketing problem
  • Selecting and train a machine learning model to solve a pressing business problem

Additionally, all learners in the MSDA program will complete the Business Analytics Capstone, culminating in a final project in which learners will develop a model to optimize product pricing based on demand elasticity, competitor pricing, and customer preferences and create a video and Powerpoint presentation to convey your recommendations. Learners will have a comprehensive project, including a deployed machine learning model, a business analytics-ready dataset, and a business presentation, for their portfolio.

Learners will receive a Masters of Science degree in Data Analytics from a DEAC-accredited university.

  • Database Management
  • Data Mining & Modeling
  • Data Analysis & Visualization
  • Competency with programming languages for working with data: SQL, R, and Python
  • Competency with Excel, RStudio, PowerBI, and other data analysis tools
  • Machine Learning
  • Statistical and Descriptive Analysis
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Presentation Skills
  • Leadership & Influencing
  • Strategic Decision-Making

The MSDA prepares learners for a career in data analytics or in business and technology. The degree focuses on skills necessary to drive business decisions and generate value for businesses through the analysis of data. These skills are in demand in every business vertical. Jobs in this career path include:

  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Product Manager
  • Data Scientist
  • IT Business Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Business analytics careers, such as business or data analysts, are highly sought-after with average starting salaries of approximately US$70,000 worldwide, depending on the role. With further work experience in the field, there are numerous opportunities for advancement up to and including executive positions. The most lucrative jobs, such as a CIO or CTO, range from $200,000 to $1-2 million, dependent on the individual's expertise and the size of the company. Ultimately, a career in business analytics offers great potential for career growth and high-paying jobs, regardless of a person's location or market.

The Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA) program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the data-driven world. You'll explore a diverse range of topics, including:


  • Business Analytics
  • The Art of Communication
  • Accounting and Financial Reporting
  • The Law & Ethics of Information Technology
  • Corporate Sustainability

Data Analysis:

  • Programming in R & Python
  • Data Modeling & Mining
  • Statistics for Business Analytics
  • Data Sciences for Decision Making
  • Information Visualization & Communication

Machine Learning:

  • Applied Machine Learning for Business Analytics

Capstone Project:

  • Business Analytics Capstone

To further enhance your expertise, all MSDA students gain access to the CompTIA Data+ certification course after completing 50% of the program. This course prepares you for the certification exam, and upon completion, you'll receive an exclusive 45% discount code for the exam fee.

This well-rounded curriculum combines technical proficiency with business acumen, empowering you to make data-driven decisions and drive impactful change in any organization.

Nexford courses are taught by our professors, who are not only academics but also working professionals in their industries. Nexford learners are driven and self-motivated, and they progress through their courses independently with guidance and support from the course professor and the course facilitator. Each course includes 1-2 live sessions, as well as other opportunities for interaction with the faculty, including discussion boards, WhatsApp and Canvas LMS chats, email, and scheduled office hour meetings.

Nexford offers comprehensive support to our learners, ranging from Success Advisors who provide guidance on academic planning, enrollment, time management, and other student or working-adult related matters, online Librarians, course instructors, facilitators, and Peer Mentors. Furthermore, learners can connect with each other for support via our WhatsApp communities.

Nexford programs are designed to equip learners with career-growth skills. Additionally, a dedicated course – Career Strategies for Success – provides guidance on building a personal brand, developing a career strategy, and executing that plan. Our Career Services team offers workshops and webinars to support learners in critical areas such as networking, CV/resume building, and creating a LinkedIn profile. To further promote career development, many Nexford courses offer virtual internship experiences. 

Industry-Recognized Certifications

All learners enrolled in the MSDA program will receive complimentary access to the CompTIA Data+ certification preparation course upon reaching the 50% completion mark. While optional, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to ace the certification exam, for which you'll also receive a 45% discount voucher.

Earning the CompTIA Data+ certification is a significant career move. This industry-recognized credential validates your data analysis expertise, making you a more competitive candidate in the eyes of employers and hiring managers. It showcases your ability to translate complex data into actionable insights, a skill in high demand across various industries.


Applicants must submit proof that they have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in one of the following fields, as well as the specified foundation courses for each:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field with a course in basic Statistics OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration without a course in basic Statistics: Complete STA1300 with a minimum of a C or better OR
  • Bachelor's degree with no basic Statistics course: Complete FND5100 Business Fundamentals and STA1300 Statistics with a minimum of a C or better
  • Bachelor's degree with a basic Statistics course: Complete FND5100 Business Fundamentals with a minimum of a C or better

*These courses must be completed with a minimum of a C or better

English Proficiency

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to the Nexford University MSDA program, applicants must complete one (1) of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from an English-speaking college or university
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (see Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency)

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Nexford is accredited by DEAC, which has reviewed and approved the MSDA program.