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 earn a SAS Academic Specialization. In addition, its executive format fits seamlessly into students' busy professional life while fostering valuable networking and learning opportunities with classmates who are also charting their path to success in the field.

Tactical Advantages

  • Earn a master’s degree and a SAS Academic Specialization in a 12-month accelerated program 
  • Connect with working professionals ­in a variety of industries and from a wide geographic region 
  • Benefit from a blended model of weekend and online courses 
  • Learn from faculty with extensive industry experience

AACSB Accredited

Our Business Administration Department is accredited by AACSB International, placing us within an elite group of higher education institutions that make up less than five percent of the world’s business schools. 

SAS Academic Specialization

Students will also earn an academic specialization from the SAS Institute, affirming their technical competencies in various SAS analytics products.

Applied Approach Benefits You Immediately

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree is a 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.

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.

Best Job in 2019

Glassdoor listed Data Scientist as its top job title for 2019

Average Salary

The average salary in Massachusetts for a graduate with a Master's Degree in Data Analytics is $104,000

Job Growth

According to Glassdoor, Data Scientist jobs are projected to grow by 19% by 2026

Application Deadlines for Fall Enrollment

In response to the reach and impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we have extended our graduate application deadline as needed.

Our hope is that this extension allows prospective students more time to obtain the required supplemental application documents considering the many temporary closures in place.

We will continue to provide updates on how we are responding to COVID-19 and recognize that we may need to make further adjustments to our campus schedule as the situation continues to evolve.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly at 508-565-1877 or mratliff@stonehill.edu.

Contact Information

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa Ratliff

Dean of Graduate Admission

Meet the Program Director

Michael Sale

Michael Sale

Assistant Professor of Business Administration
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