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MS in Analytics FAQs

GENERAL

  • Who should apply? The Master in Analytics program is designed to prepare students for careers as data analysts, data-savvy managers in a wide variety of fields. Significant emphasis is placed on enabling students to use data management techniques and analytical tools to solve real problems throughout the program with the goal of adding value and demonstrating important skills while still in the program. This makes the masters program suitable for both recent graduates as well as experienced professionals.

  • Why should I get a Masters Degree in Data Analytics? Analytics experts are in high demand all over the world. Nearly every industry will need people with deep analytical skills and the ability to utilize those skills in client-facing rolls. Management, compensation and benefit analysis, advertising and promotions, finance, operations, logistics and budgeting are just a few of the many roles that pay $100,000+ salaries each year to those with advanced analytics degrees.

  • Why the Master of Analytics Degree at Wittenberg University? Wittenberg's M.S. in Analytics program is presently the only full-time program in the U.S. that blends routine on-campus residency periods with online coursework. The ability to gather on campus allows students to experience collaborative projects and excellent industry speakers and engage with top-level members of the program's advisory board. The program bridges the gap between capturing, organizing and analyzing data and the need for data analysts to help other organizational leaders make better and faster decisions. Wittenberg University is also conveniently located in between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio.

  • Is the Wittenberg Master of Analytics program accredited? The program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Near the end of the program, students are also eligible to take the professional standards exam required to earn status as an Associate Certified Analytics Professional. The cost of this exam is covered for all students by Wittenberg's School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

  • Do I need to have work experience in order to be successful with this degree? While some applicants have significant work experience, this is not a requirement for success. Our program has great diversity and includes recent college graduates, early-career professionals with 2-3 years of work experience, and experienced professionals with years of experience in analytics or other professional areas.

  • If I am an international student, can I still apply for the program? Yes. However, we cannot issue F1 student visas.

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • How much time do I need to spend on campus? Residency periods last three days and take place monthly (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) on Wittenberg's campus in Springfield, Ohio.

  • Do you require GRE or GMAT scores? Standardized test scores are not required as part of the application process.

  • When does the next cohort of students start? Applications are currently being accepted for the August 2019 cohort. Cohorts begin in August of each year.

  • What is the capstone project? Each student's original capstone project is defined and completed as he/she moves through the program. The project is broken into four phases which account for six of the total thirty-three credits required to complete the program. Faculty direction and support is provided throughout the entire process of defining, executing, and presenting the results of the project. Capstone projects are not designed to be merely theoretical exercises. Rather, each project requires management of the many issues and processes routinely faced by analysts and managers. As such, completed capstone projects aim to add considerable value to problems that are real and significant.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • What are the admission requirements? All applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Prospective students must also complete the following items to apply for the program: Submit the online application with resume and three professional references; Submit a career/personal goals statement; Pay the $60 application fee; Arrange to have official transcripts sent to Wittenberg from all undergraduate colleges/universities attended.

  • How do I start the application process? Click here to start your application. Along with the online application we require official transcripts from all universities attended, a resume with three professional references, a personal/goal statement, and a $60 application fee. If you have any question you can reach an enrollment team member at 937-327-7012 or at analytics@wittenberg.edu.

  • When is the deadline to apply for the program? We process applications throughout the year until one month prior to the start of each cohort. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year as applications are received. Interested students are encouraged to apply early as seats in each cohort are limited.

  • Are interviews required? Applicants may be required to participate in a Skype interview as part of the admission process. If required, candidates will be contacted to schedule an appointment with the program director.

  • How do accepted students reserve their seat in a cohort? Applicants will be notified of the admission decision by email and U.S. Mail with an invitation and requested timeframe to pay the $500 deposit needed to hold your seat.

  • May I re-apply if I am denied admission? Yes. Contact our Graduate and Professional Studies office for more information on the process.

  • Can I transfer credits from prior coursework toward the M.S. in Analytics degree? No. The curriculum anticipates that all students will complete all courses in the established sequence.

COST

  • How much does the program cost? The program cost is $1,090 per credit and includes special lectures and most meals during residency. The cost of taking the aCAP (Associate Certified Analytics Professional) exam near the end of the program is also included in the program's cost.

  • Do you provide housing? Lodging expenses during residency are the responsibility of the student. Many students prefer to stay at the local Courtyard Marriott less than a mile from campus, where we have negotiated a preferred rate for Wittenberg graduate students.

  • Can I work while pursuing my degree? Absolutely! Our program is designed with the working professional in mind. You will be required to attend cohort residencies on campus in Springfield, Ohio on three consecutive days per month (Thursday through Saturday), typically the third week of each month.

  • Do you offer financing options? Yes. The M.S. in Analytics program is considered full-time for financial aid purposes, and as such, enables students to utilize student loans. We will be happy to refer you to Wittenberg's Office of Student Financial Services for personalized support.

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