May 28, 2024  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024

Data Analytics, MS

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The Division of Professional Studies offers the Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA). The MSDA is an online, multidisciplinary program that combines technical skills needed to interpret and optimize data with soft skills like storytelling to effectively communicate the narrative behind the data. This holistic approach to data analytics allows students to learn practical application of principles while using critical thinking to identify key questions and gain experiences in using data to extract value.

The MSDA is offered with a concentration in Business Analytics or Healthcare Analytics with synchronous course sessions offered each week. For general information on applying to any credit-bearing Butler graduate program or course, see Admission Information and Requirements .

Requirements for Graduation

The Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA) is an 18-month, cohort-based, fully online program. The program requires 31 credit hours with the Healthcare Analytics concentration or 32 graduate credit hours with the Business Analytics concentration. Students are required to achieve a 3.0 GPA to graduate from the program.

MSDA Student Learning Outcomes

The faculty have identified the following outcomes for students completing the MSDA curriculum. They address what students should know, be able to do, and value.

  • Through hands-on learning, students will employ the key technologies in data analytics including data mining, machine learning, visualization, and predictive modeling.
  • Through real-world applications, students will translate scientific goals of the project into an actionable analytic plan.
  • Students will translate the results of analytic projects into effective recommendations for future actions.

Students completing the Business Analytics concentration have the following additional outcomes:

  • Identify and describe business situations amenable to quantitative analysis and the related sources of data.
  • Distinguish and implement appropriate analytical and statistical tools to solve business problems or improve processes.
  • Perform statistical analysis using relevant software and statistical techniques.
  • Interpret and communicate technical results effectively to a range of audiences and decision makers.
  • Propose effective courses of action to solve business problems based on data and analysis.
  • Describe, assess, and defend ethical decision-making using business analytics.

Students completing the Healthcare Analytics concentration have the following additional outcomes:

  • Evaluate organization structures for healthcare data
  • Manage requests for and delivery of healthcare analytics
  • Conduct analysis on healthcare data
  • Create an analysis plan to address a real-world health-related question.


Three components comprise the MSDA curriculum:

  • Foundational skills (4 credit hours) Min Units: 4
  • Core Courses (15 credit hours) Min Units: 15
  • Concentration (12 or 13 credit hours) Min Units: 12 or 13

The Business Analytics concentration is 13 credit hours, resulting in 32 total credit hours needed for degree completion.
The Healthcare Analytics concentration is 12 credit hours, resulting in 31 total credit hours required for the degree.

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