Master of Science in Business Data Analytics


In the world of “big data,” every organization needs workers who can apply data analytics to enhance decision making and who can understand trends and competitive drivers. The online Master of Science in Business Data Analytics, offered by the College of Business and Economics, equips students to develop expertise in statistical techniques, data mining, utilizing databases, and analytical tools. “Big data” is driving decision-making in businesses and non-profits and creating a demand for workers with data-analytic skills. The program is ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Admissions Requirements

Successful applicants have a demonstrated knowledge of statistics, programming and analytical domains, either through prior coursework or work experience. No specific programming language is required. Instead, the admissions committee is looking for proven ability to understand the principles of programming. The GRE or GMAT may be waived for students with five or more years of professional work experience.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International, the principal accrediting organization for business schools. Only 5% of business schools worldwide achieve this distinction.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses
  • Residency Required

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Science in Business Data Analytics requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $820.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $820
3 $2,460
6 $4,920
9 $7,380

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Next Start Date: August 19, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Science in Business Data Analytics?

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Business Data Analytics M.S. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Quality Control Analyst

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Business Intelligence Analyst

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Business Continuity Planner

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Business Professor

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Computer Systems Analyst

Projected Growth: 5-9%


Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Operations Research Analyst

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Business Operations Specialist

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Database Administrator

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

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