Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: August 1, 2024
  • Spring Semester: January 1, 2025
  • Summer Semester: May 1, 2025

A Rapidly Emerging Field Desperate for Skilled Analysts

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, but also up to three SAS credentials. Stonehill also offers a graduate certificate in data analytics

A Master's in Data Analytics Built to Fit Into Your Busy Life

The fully online and hybrid formats of this program fit seamlessly into students’ busy professional lives while fostering valuable networking and learning opportunities with classmates who are also charting their path to success in the field.

Students can choose to attend part time or enter our one-year accelerated program; both options can be completed fully online or with a mix of in-person and online classes.

  • In-person, online and hybrid course options
  • Flexible schedule designed to meet the needs of working professionals

Tactical Advantages of Stonehill’s Master’s in Data Analytics

  • Earn a master’s degree and up to three SAS credentials 
  • Gain practical skills that can be used from day one
  • Get hands-on experience with industry standard software
  • Benefit from fully online courses and hybrid course options
  • Connect with working professionals ­across industries and geographic regions
  • Leverage the technology and expertise of the Meehan School of Business

Elevate Your Platform

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

Leverage the Power of SAS

In addition to a master’s degree, students will also earn a Tier 3 academic specialization from the SAS Institute, affirming their technical competencies in various SAS analytics products, such as: SAS Enterprise Miner, SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Studio and SAS Enterprise Guide. Students also have the option of pursuing up to two professional certifications without the typical expense of prep courses and testing fees. 

  • Tier 3 academic specialization (the highest level offered by SAS)
  • Optional 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

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.

Best Job in 2022

Glassdoor listed Data Scientist as its top job title for 2022

Total Pay

According to Glassdoor, the median total pay for a data scientist in 2023 is $127,385.

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data analytics jobs are projected to grow by 35% through 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Data Analyst Job Postings

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

Immediately Apply Your Skills in Data Analytics

The Data Analytics program is taught from an applied perspective. Each course teaches necessary theory but is mostly practical and relates the content to a demonstrable skill that can be immediately applied in the workplace. It consists of 30 credits designed to equip professionals with the skills necessary to excel in today’s data-driven world. Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Identify a business problem or opportunity and how data analytics may be applied to solve the problem and/or increase business value.
  • Acquire, access, assay and prepare data for analysis.
  • Identify and perform appropriate methods of data analysis.
  • Interpret and communicate analysis results to stakeholders without bias.
  • Conduct data analysis with high regard for security, privacy and ethics.

Benefits of an MPS in Data Analytics

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree combines the focused theoretical study of traditional graduate degrees (M.A., M.S.) 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

Data Mining

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 & 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 Microsoft Power BI to prepare students 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 & 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.).

Recent Accolades

Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.

The Meehan School of Business

The Meehan School of Business empowers students to be adaptive, compassionate leaders in a rapidly evolving global economy. Inside this modern, state-of-the-art business building, marketing students take courses, collaborate and build strong relationships with other working professionals.

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

If you’re thinking about getting a master’s degree in data analytics, you may be wondering what type of industry you would be working in. That’s a great question, and the answer to it is even better. Learn more

There are lots of interesting jobs available for someone with a data analytics master’s degree. A data analytics degree can open the way to a career at nearly every sector. Learn more

At Stonehill, full-time students complete our Data Analytics Master's Degree Program in 12 months. Part-time students can take up to two courses per semester. Learn more

Learn more about tuition and other expenses associated with a master's in data analytics.

Contact Information

Graduate & Professional Studies Admission assists students as they explore graduate and professional opportunities offered at Stonehill College. 

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.