MBA: Data Analytics Specialization

Program Overview

Put the power of data at your fingertips.

Utica College's online Master of Business Administration with the Data Analytics specialization allows you to expand your knowledge in business while also learning techniques and software that help data scientists interpret and apply research findings to solve real-world business problems.

Utica College's online Master of Business Administration with the Data Analytics specialization allows you to expand your knowledge in business while also learning techniques and software that help data scientists interpret and apply research findings to solve real-world business problems.

Meet the Demand for Data Skills

From smartphones and emails to loyalty cards and social networking, the amount of data we generate in the U.S. increases year after year. The Data Analytics specialization helps you sift through that data to find insights as an analytics professional. The curriculum focuses on two aspects of the data science field: the use of theoretical models to collect, design, and analyze data and the process of creating and implementing data solutions.

Learn to think with data and apply what you learn to projects you lead within your organization by understanding the power of data and the limits of data analysis.

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          Career Outlook

          According to MarTech, the digital universe has 2.7 zettabytes of unstructured data.1 In the U.S., spending on big data projects in 2018 was projected to reach $114 billion.2 Plus, with continued trends coming our way, like artificial intelligence, multi-cloud strategies, natural-language processing, and data quality management, we can expect career opportunities to grow for analytics professionals.3

          Career Spotlight: Business Analyst

          As a business analyst, you could be responsible for bridging the gap between IT and the business. You'll use data analytics to assess processes, determine requirements, and deliver data-driven recommendations to improve systems, products, services, and software for the organization. In 2018, business analysts earned an average annual salary of $81,7034

          Career Spotlight: Data Analytics Manager

          As a data analytics manager, you might develop and implement comprehensive tools and strategies that interpret raw data into business insights. You could lead cross-functional projects and help maintain the data models, reporting systems and dashboards of an organization. In 2018, data analytics managers earned an average annual salary of $185,889.5

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Management Consultant
          • Operations Research Analyst
          • Management Analyst


          Curriculum: Delve Into Data Analysis Process

          The Data Analytics specialization curriculum features hands-on projects that encompass the whole data analysis process—from data acquisition and wrangling to analysis and communication of conclusions and solutions. You'll understand data in a way that tells a story to make necessary business decisions that can significantly impact your organization.

          Course Spotlight: DSC 607 – Data Mining

          Gain an overview of statistical modeling that involves multivariate analysis. You'll examine approaches that aim to explain both continuous and discrete outcome variables through ordinarily least squares regression and logistic regression. You'll also learn dimensional analysis techniques such as exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis.


          Course Spotlight: DSC 611 – Data Visualization

          Learn to design, administer, and analyze results from survey research. You'll examine common problems in survey research, knowledge of alternative modes of administration, pre-testing methods, sampling techniques, and questionnaire construction.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          You can finish this program in two years of part-time study. The curriculum is made up of 10 core courses, 4 electives in your chosen specialization, and one capstone—each of which requires eight weeks to complete.

          According to Poets & Quants, the outlook for graduates with an MBA is bright and getting brighter:

          • In 2017, the Corporate Recruiters Survey Report found that 86% of companies worldwide plan to hire recent MBA graduates, a seven percent jump from 2016.
          • Salaries are rising alongside job opportunities. The Graduate Management Admission Council reports 52% of employers increased their starting salaries for new MBA hires at or above the inflation rate.
          • In the U.S., the projected median starting base salary for recent MBA graduates was $110,000 in 2017, up $5,000 from 2016.
          • MBA degree holders are in demand across industries and sectors, as in-depth business administration knowledge is required in private, public and governmental organizations.

          Learn more about your career outlook with Utica College's MBA.

          As we created this program, we examined the current state of the business world and the leadership skills that organizations are looking for. Utica College's ACBSP-accredited online MBA program is designed with the needs of these modern companies in mind. Our real-world, application-based approach provides you with proven, relevant skills that are in demand in today's market.

          Plus, this program is flexible and designed to fit your life. You can learn 100-percent online, or you can attend classes on campus. You can engage in live virtual classrooms, or you can watch recorded lectures at your own pace. The way you learn is up to you.

          We also offer a variety of specializations for you to choose from, so you can tailor your learning to your career.

          No. Our online MBA is designed to help a wide range of students ramp up to business expertise. All students, regardless of background, take a pre-assessment test of core business topics.

          Students who do not have an undergraduate business degree will be required to successfully complete short self-study modules and accompanying exams on any topic areas in which they did not test well. These modules will provide students with the basic business knowledge needed to confidently enter our program.

          In addition, the core business classes in the first year are built to ground students in deep, relevant business knowledge.

          The online master of business administration offers you a variety of specializations to choose from. The knowledge you gain will establish you as an enlightened business leader with the breadth of knowledge necessary for data-driven, results-oriented decision-making. You'll choose from these specializations:

          • Finance/Accounting
          • Insurance and Risk Management (IRM)
          • Cybersecurity
          • Cyber Policy
          • Data Analytics
          • Entrepreneurship
          • Health Care Management
          • General: Select any four graduate-level courses and fashion your own elective.

          Learn more about the online MBA curriculum and specializations.

          This program costs $700 per credit and is composed of 30 credits. Learn more about tuition and financial aid for Utica's online MBA.


          1MarTech (2018). Big Data Bring Marketing Big Numbers. Retrieved November 21, 2018, from
          2Noodle (2018). A 2018 Guide for a Career in Business Analytics. Retrieved November 21, 2018, from
          3Datapine (2018). Top 10 Analytics and Busines Intelligence Trends for 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018, from
          4ZipRecruiter (2018). Business Analysts Salary. Retrieved November 30, 2018, from
          5Glassdoor (2018). Analytics Manager Job Description. Retrieved November 20, 2018, from