Analytics (MS)

Offered by the Kogod School of Business, the Analytics (MS) program provides students with an opportunity to obtain knowledge and competencies to help organizations make decisions and solve problems based on data. Analytics is about extracting meaning out of data and this program trains the students to do this in order to answer specific business questions and make sound decisions. Upon completion of the program, students have the knowledge to formulate business questions that can be answered with data; identify, acquire, and prepare the necessary data for the analysis; select the most appropriate methods and tools for the analysis; develop the appropriate descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics models; and provide concise conclusions in response to the business question. Students who successfully complete the Analytics (MS) are prepared to work as savvy analytical managers or consultants.

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Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have earned an undergraduate bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade point average. Applicants may also need to submit a GMAT or GRE score; please visit https://www.american.edu/kogod/admissions/ for more information. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Core Competency (9 credit hours)

Analytics Foundation (9 credit hours)

Electives (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from the following, with maximum 9 credit hours from non- Kogod coursework, or other graduate work approved by the Information Technology and Analytics Department Chair or the Analytics (MS) Program Director:

Kogod Accounting and Accounting Forensics

Kogod Finance

Kogod Information Technology and Analytics

Kogod Marketing

Non-Kogod Statistics and Data Science

Capstone (3 credit hours)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. Advanced undergraduates admitted to a combined degree program that includes a master's degree from Kogod are eligible to take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees. See Combined Bachelor's and Kogod School of Business Master's Programs for more information.