To be eligible for the online MSA program, you must provide the following materials:
- Completed online application
- Two essays
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
- GMAT or GRE score (optional)
- TOEFL, transcript evaluation and interview (international applicants)
In addition, all incoming students must have completed an undergraduate or graduate statistics course and earned a minimum grade of B. Students can start the online MSA in the Fall or Spring semesters.
Cost of Attendance
ONLINE MSA TUITION FOR 2019-2020
Cost Per Credit: $1,375
Total Tuition: $49,500
Financial aid in the form of student loans is available.
Fixed tuition rates now available for the online MSA.
All students are required to have a Windows PC with Excel 2010 or later. Throughout the program, faculty members will employ a variety of different software packages, some of which do not work on a MAC computer. In order to avoid issues with conflicting security requirements and administrative settings, it is also highly recommended that students do not use a work computer.
Varies per course. The cost of course materials for Villanova MSA students ranges from approximately $100-$400 per semester.
$65 non-refundable fee
None. The degree can be completed 100% online.
Online MSA Curriculum
COURSE LISTING CREDITS
- Introduction to Business Analytics 3.0
- Introduction to Programming in R & Python 3.0
- Data Models and Structured Analysis 3.0
- Multivariate Data Analysis 3.0
- Business Intelligence 3.0
- Analytical Methods for Optimization and Simulation 3.0
- Analytical Methods for Data Mining 3.0
- Analytical Methods for Text and Web Mining 3.0
- Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Applications with Python 3.0
- Enterprise Data Management 3.0
- Advanced Business Applications 3.0
- Analytics Practicum 3.0
Total Credits: 36
**Curriculum is subject to change.
The Villanova MSA is expertly designed to expand students’ proficiency in the latest analytics technologies, applications, and practices that are actively reshaping the business world. All of the classes at VSB emphasize a practical, real-world education and promote work across disciplines. The MSA curriculum is comprised of three components: the Fundamentals, the Core, and the Practicum. Consisting of 12 three-credit courses taken over six semesters — each of which are divided into two sessions — the 36-credit hour program is designed to be completed in 24 months. A brief overview of each course is provided below. Courses and course descriptions are for informational purposes only and are subject to change.
|Introduction to Business Analytics||3.0 Credits|
Business analytics has been defined as the use of business intelligence and quantitative methods, including statistical analysis, forecasting/extrapolation, predicative modeling, optimization and simulation in the context of organizational decision making and problem solving.
This course provides an overview of business analytics process and important analytic techniques; data visualization, data mining, optimization, and simulation. Students are exposed to a variety of business problems in analytics (marketing, finance, operations).
Throughout the course, students will learn to model and analyze complex business decisions with various tools on spreadsheets to improve decision making across business functions.
|Introduction to Programming in R & Python||3.0 Credits|
This course covers the fundamentals of the usage of R and Python as programming languages, with emphasis on applications in business. Both R and Python have become languages of choice for business analysts due to being open source and containing a full array of software capabilities for data preparation, analysis, and visualization. Students will learn fundamentals of both languages and will be exposed to cutting edge packages and libraries to execute essential analytic tasks.
|Data Models and Structured Analysis||3.0 Credits|
This course covers the concepts and techniques used to analyze and report structured data.
Students will learn tools and methods for understanding the data models supporting various business processes and for analyzing data from structured databases.
|Multivariate Data Analysis||3.0 Credits|
This course focuses on analyzing data using multivariate methods. The objective of the course is to give students the skills to be able to analyze and interpret multivariate data sets.
Through real world business applications, students will learn to analyze business data and interpret results using a variety of methods including factor analysis, multiple linear regression, ANOVA, discriminant analysis, and Chi-square/contingency tables.
|Business Intelligence||3.0 Credits|
This course examines the concepts and approaches in Business Intelligence (BI) from a business user/analyst perspective.
Students will learn to use BI tools for creating applications and dashboards in the context of fact-based decision-making.
|Analytical Methods for Optimization and Simulation||3.0 Credits|
This course is designed to provide a foundation in the use of analytical modeling techniques in managerial decision-making. We will cover two areas of modeling – computer simulation and optimization.
These topics were introduced in the first course but we will follow up with a more advanced treatment of the topics and solve problems with industrial strength packages.
We will also devote time to forecasting and cover a broad overview of key forecasting techniques.
|Analytical Methods for Data Mining||3.0 Credits|
Data mining is the process of selecting, exploring, and modeling large amounts of data to uncover previously unknown patterns and gain insights.
The objective of this course is to teach students how (and when) to use various techniques for mining data. Topics include logistic regression, decision tree networks, and neural networks.
Students will mine large datasets from a variety of business areas and use their findings to support business decision making.
|Analytical Methods for Text and Web Mining||3.0 Credits|
This course focuses on text and web mining and their applications. Roughly 80% of data is unstructured, however, it is difficult to work with unstructured data.
This course covers techniques for mining text and web data to improve business decision making. Topics include text/web retrieval, classification/clustering, transforming text data into a structured format, text summarization, and social network analysis.
Students will also be exposed to big data issues and interact with web APIs from popular web sites for data collection.
|Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Applications with Python||3.0 Credits|
Currently in development
|Enterprise Data Management||3.0 Credits|
This course introduces the idea of how the data warehouse provides the foundation for analytics within the enterprise. Students learn the dimensional model and how data warehouses and data marts are designed and created.
Central to the creation of the data warehouse is the ETL process (Extract-Transform-Load) where the data is cleaned, transformed and structured as needed for analysis.
The course ends with an examination of how the data warehouse concept is extended into the realm of “Big Data”.
|Advanced Business Applications||3.0 Credits|
This course focuses on advanced application of analytics in business.
Case discussion will be used to expose students to diverse applications of analytics in organizations. Applications include fraud detection, financial analytics, risk analytics, marketing and consumer analytics, and geospatial analytics.
A combination of lecture, case discussion, problem solving, group projects, and completion of exercises will be used to further the knowledge and skills of students.
|Analytics Practicum||3.0 Credits|
Capstone course for the MSA program. This course focuses on an application-based practicum project completed during the capstone term.
Students will combine the concepts and skill set learned throughout the program to navigate the analytics process and partner with an organization on a real business analytics project.
The course will blend lectures and assignments to help students obtain communication skills and project management skills needed to support their project and interactions with the client.
Courses and course descriptions are for informational purposes only and are subject to change.
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