The Catholic University of America

Master of Science in Data Analytics


620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

Washington, DC 20064

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Data Analytics

Format: Online

Program Description:

Flexible Online and On-Campus Learning Options

The M.S. degree requires 30 credit hours, consisting of the 4 core courses, 5 elective courses providing a deeper understanding of specific methods, tools, and specific areas of application, and a 3-credit capstone practicum selected from an approved set of challenge areas developed in partnership with industry, government, and civic organizations.

Core requirements

    Introduction to Data Science and Python
    Applied Statistics and Data Analysis
    Introduction to Machine Learning
    Applications of Data Analytics and Development

Data Analysis Electives

    Artificial Intelligence
    Practices for Big Data
    High-Performance Parallel Computing
    Time Series Analysis
    Cloud Computing
    Pattern Recognition
    Predictive Modeling
    Visualization Tools
    Information Retrieval and Analysis
    Internet of Things
    Distributed Computing
    Data Mining
    Data Ethics

Application Electives:

    Business Data Analytics
    Healthcare Data Analytics
    Data Analysis for Security
    Government Data and Analysis
    Transportation Informatics
    Climate and Ecosystem Monitoring

Data Science and Analytics Practicum

CUA and its industry partners are establishing focus areas that students will address in the practicum. The areas are selected to highlight the power of data and analysis in their solutions. In their final semester, students select one of the issue areas and a method of execution. Students currently working can choose issue areas related to the established set, but which are tailored to their work environment and use data sets supplied by their employer. Students will work throughout the semester in a professional project-like manner. They will submit project proposals, plan of action milestone charts, and time lines as part of the practicum. Students will have scheduled reviews at various points that will be held in conjunction with the industry partners. At the end of the semester, each student will give a 30-minute presentation on their project to a panel made up of CUA faculty and industry partners. Depending on the scope of the project, teams can be formed to address multiple aspects of the available data.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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