A Rapidly Emerging Field Desperate for Skilled Analysts

The Meehan School’s Business Administration Department is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, a distinction valued by employers and business graduate schools

A study performed by Accenture, one of the world’s largest consulting firms, found that over 90% of their clients have data analytics goals in their strategic plans. However, when it came time to hire employees with these skills, over 60% of searches failed.

The Data Analytics Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Degree Program at Stonehill provides the skills needed to fill this market gap. Students not only earn a master’s degree in one year, but also up to three SAS credentials.

Built to Fit Into Your Busy Life

Our executive (low-residency) format is built to accommodate the many demands on your time. It combines online with in-person instruction that brings students together on campus about one weekend a month. It’s an approach that gives students the flexibility to study remotely without sacrificing the tremendous value of being able to network and collaborate with classmates who are charting similar paths.

  • Extended three-day meeting at the start of each semester
  • Periodic on-campus weekend residency: 1 Friday class, 2 Saturday classes

Tactical Advantages

  • Earn a master’s degree and up to three SAS credentials in a 12-month accelerated program
  • Connect with working professionals ­in a variety of industries and from a wide geographic region 
  • Benefit from a blend of weekend on-campus residencies (about 3 a semester) and online coursework
  • All books, on-campus meals and testing fees are included – no hidden costs.

Elevate Your Platform

During this 12-month program, you will learn to master the cutting-edge platforms at the heart of data analytics.

Leverage the Power of SAS

Our SAS Partnership allows you to earn up to three SAS credentials without the typical expense of prep courses and testing fees. 

  • Tier 3 academic specialization (earned by everyone in the program and the highest level offered by SAS)
  • The option of pursuing up to two professional certifications:
    • SAS Certified Specialist: Base Programming
    • SAS Certified Professional: Advanced Programming
    • SAS Certified Predictive Modeler Using SAS Enterprise Miner
    • SAS Certified Specialist: Visual Business Analytics
    • SAS Clinical Trials Programmer

Applied Approach Benefits You Immediately

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree combines the focused theoretical study of traditional graduate degrees (MA, MS) with the specialized, industry-specific skills students can immediately implement in both technical and non-technical roles. MPS degrees emphasize the skills that today’s employers want and are also highly applied, incorporating hands-on research and client engagements to give students firsthand experience practicing what they learn.

Practitioners in the Field

Our data analytics faculty members have extensive experience in solving real workplace problems using big data sets and come from a range of backgrounds. While many have expertise in how businesses leverage information systems and analytics, we also have faculty with physics and computer science degrees. Our multidisciplinary faculty brings a fresh and well-rounded approach to the program that helps you learn to apply your skills in a variety of business environments.

Sample Courses

Structured Data Analytics Using SAS

DAN 603
A hands-on data analytics course for structured data using SAS Enterprise Miner. Covers the skills that are required to assemble analysis flow diagrams using the rich tool set of SAS Enterprise Miner for both pattern discovery (segmentation, association, and sequence analyses) and predictive modeling (decision tree, regression, and neural network models). Course includes defining a SAS Enterprise Miner project and explore data graphically, modifying data for better analysis results, building and understanding predictive models such as decision trees and regression models, comparing and explaining complex models, generating and using score code, applying association and sequence discovery to transaction data. Upon completion, students will have a set of practical data analytics skills and know how to apply these skills in a variety of business environment and with many types of structured data.

Visualization and Digital Storytelling

DAN 605
A hands-on course emphasizing the importance of data visualization in understanding data. Designed for those who have never used data visualization software before, this course will utilize either Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, or SAS Visual Analytics to prepare student to create reports and dashboards at all levels of an organization. Students will learn exploratory and explanatory data analysis and learn how to ask the right questions about what is needed in a visualization. Students will assess how data and design work together and learn which visualization to use in various situations. Students will learn how to balance the goals of their stakeholders with the needs of their end-users and be able to structure and organize a digital story for maximum impact.

Security, Privacy, and Ethics in Data Analytics

DAN 607
A survey and case study course emphasizing the importance of data privacy, and security. We need to share data in organizations, but the more we share it, the more it becomes necessary to protect it. By the end of the course, students will understand the legal, social, and ethical ramifications of data security and privacy as well as the concepts behind data guardianship and custodianship and data permissions. Special attention will be given to industry-specific data privacy laws (HIPAA, FERPA, PCI DSS, etc.).

A Growing Demand for Data Analytics

As the demand for data analytics skills grows, there continues to be a shortage of those with the skills to perform the job. In 2018, Linkedin reported that there is a shortage of 151,700 people with data analytics skills.

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Best Job in 2022

Glassdoor listed Data Scientist as its top job title for 2022

$119,355
Total Pay

According to Glassdoor, the median total pay for a data scientists in 2022 is $119,355.

28%
Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data analytics jobs are projected to grow by 28% through 2026.

1,491
Data Analyst Job Postings

On Indeed.com in January 2022, there were 1,491 data analyst job postings in Massachusetts.

Common questions about a master's in data analytics

If scrutinizing information using data analysis tools and helping employers or clients make important decisions by identifying facts and trends from that information sounds right for you, then consider earning a Master of Professional Studies Degree in Data Analytics at Stonehill. Learn more

So, you like the idea of entering an in-demand field. No doubt your next step is deciding which master’s degree is right for you. You’ve heard about data analytics and data science and may wonder if there is a difference between the two terms and, if so, what is the difference? Learn more

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Contact Information

Duffy – 124/126

The Office of Graduate Studies assists students as they explore graduate and professional opportunities offered at Stonehill College. 

Meet the Program Director

Michael J. Sale

Michael J. Sale

Assistant Professor of MIS, Data Analytics Master of Professional Studies Program Director, Management & Business Analytics Chair, Management Information Systems Program Director, Data Analytics Minor Program Director
Meehan School of Business 229
Business

Immediate and Long-term Value to Data Master’s

Data Analytics Master’s Degree Program quickly puts valuable tools in hands of students, which in turn help them advance their careers.