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American University Catalog 2017-2018

Analytics (MS)


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Offered by the Kogod School of Business , the MS in Analytics program provides students with an opportunity to obtain knowledge and competencies to help organizations make decisions and solve problems based on data. Analytics is about extracting meaning out of data and this program trains the students to do this in order to answer specific business questions and make sound decisions. Upon completion of the program, students have the knowledge to formulate business questions that can be answered with data; identify, acquire, and prepare the necessary data for the analysis; select the most appropriate methods and tools for the analysis; develop the appropriate descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics models; and provide concise conclusions in response to the business question. Students who successfully complete the MS in Analytics are prepared to work as savvy analytical managers or consultants.

Admission to the Program


In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have earned an undergraduate bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade point average. Applicants may also need to submit a GMAT or GRE score; please visit http://www.american.edu/kogod/admissions/ for more information. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Degree Requirements


  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, including 9 credit hours of core competency, 9 credit hours of analytics foundation, 3 credit hours of a capstone experience, and 12 credit hours of a functional specialization or functional background.

Course Requirements


Functional Specialization or Background (12 credit hours)


From the listings below, students complete either a functional specialization or a functional background. Students without work experience in a particular functional area complete a functional specialization. Students with relevant work experience complete the functional background.

Functional Specialization


Accounting Forensics

Quantitative Financial Analysis I

Note: Student selection and placement into Quantitative Financial Analysis I or II is based on the student's financial analysis background and experience, with approval of the Finance Department Chair.

Quantitative Financial Analysis II

Note: Student selection and placement into Quantitative Financial Analysis I or II is based on the student's financial analysis background and experience, with approval of the Finance Department Chair.

IT Consulting

Marketing

Computational Statistics

Required

Biostatistics

Approved Functional Specialization

  • 12 credit hours in approved functional specialization from outside of Kogod

Functional Background


Electives

Complete 12 credit hours from the following:

  • Functional Specialization courses listed above
  • Business Fundamentals courses from the Management (MS)  curriculum
  • Kogod graduate coursework as approved by Program Director or respective Department Chair
  • Approved functional background from outside of Kogod

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees


American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. Advanced undergraduates admitted to a combined degree program that includes a master's degree from Kogod are eligible to take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees. See Combined Bachelor's and Kogod School of Business Master's Programs  for more information.

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