Data Analytics

Learn to use big data to help companies make better and faster decisions and operate more efficiently. The data analytics master’s degree at Canisius University offers real-world learning opportunities, strong industry connections and flexible course delivery options to fit your schedule. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to work as a data specialist across a range of industries and organizations.

$940/credit hour
1-2.5 years
40 Credits, Full-time or Part-time
Program Director
Dr. Sana Spector
Currently Accepting Applications For
Fall, Spring, Summer

About the Data Analytics Master's Program

If you’re a keen problem-solver who enjoys working with numbers and is looking to jump into a constantly evolving, in-demand field, consider earning your master’s in data analytics. At Canisius, you will:

  • Learn how to analyze large data sets and apply data knowledge within a field of specialization
  • Gain programming skills in SAS, R, Python, SQL, Spark and Tableau
  • Build essential teamwork and communication skills to excel within diverse, multidisciplinary organizations
  • Develop a solid grounding in data ethics — critical training in an age where the accumulation and storage of personal data is increasing

See our Admissions Requirements

Flexible Options for Every Schedule

We understand that our students have diverse needs and schedules. That's why we offer exceptional flexibility, especially designed for those who need to balance work, family, and studies.

Part-Time Online Program

For part-time students, we offer the convenience of a fully online program, scheduled in the evenings. Our online classes allow for real-time engagement with faculty and fellow students.

Full-Time On-Campus Program

Our full-time program is designed for students who are interested in on-campus, face-to-face interaction with daytime class options. This program can be finished in as little as 1 year!

Master’s in Data Analytics Program Highlights

  • Real-world learning opportunities through projects and internships
  • Network building with our strong industry connections including our Advisory Council, comprised of leading data specialists in the region
  • Part-time option with evening courses designed for working professionals
  • Experienced faculty comprised of scholars, big data researchers and industry professionals
  • No background in STEM in required
  • Ability to tailor program to fit your goals and interests
  • Program qualifies for the STEM OPT extension, enabling international students to work for an additional 24 months post-graduation in the U.S. in the data analytics field

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Data Analytics Advanced Certificate

This program is intended for professionals who want to utilize data analytics methods in their work, extending their existing skills but not completing a graduate degree. Students will learn how to work with and analyze large data sets, and how to apply data knowledge within a field of specialization.  And you’ll get a solid grounding in the ethics of data stewardship, training that is highly relevant in an age where the accumulation and storage of personal data is ever increasing.

A total of 5 courses are required for the certificate, which can be completed in as short as 1 year.

See Data Analytics Advanced Certificate Curriculum

Career Opportunities for Data Analytics Master’s Degree Graduates

Data specialists are in high demand because they help businesses to plan better and work more efficiently.

Top 25 Highest Paying
Glassdoor ranks data scientist among the Top 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America, with an average salary of $97,027
23% Growth
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analyst jobs are expected to grow 23%
Top 10 Best Jobs
4 of the 10 ten best jobs, according to Glassdoor are in Data Analytics


  • Banking, financial services, & insurance
  • Marketing, media & entertainment
  • Healthcare
  • Telecommunications
  • Retail
  • and more!


  • Data analysts & Business analysts
  • Quantitative analysts
  • Data specialist
  • Data engineer
  •  IT systems analyst
  • Data analytics consultant

Canisius Data Analytics Masters Alumni

See where our alumni are now

We’ll Work With You To Shape Your Program

We designed this graduate program to work with your level of education and experience. No matter where you are in your career – just starting out, jumping to a new field, or building on years of experience – your program can be tailored to suit you.

  • Foundation courses get you up to speed. If you’re a new grad or a career changer with little or no experience in the field, you can develop the core competencies that you need for long-term success right at the beginning of your program.
  • Foundation courses can be waived with relevant experience. If you’re a seasoned pro eager to deepen your knowledge and hone your skills even further, you can get right into the material – and get to degree completion faster. 

Contact @email to connect with a graduate admissions advisor and see what your path to a graduate degree could look like.

Check out our Curriculum

STEM Designation- International Students 

Certain F-1 Students who receive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees can apply for a 24-month post-completion OPT extension. This program qualifies as a STEM designated program. Speak with your admissions counselor to learn more. 

Canisius Center for Analytics and Data Ecosystems

The Master of Science in Data Analytics program is a part of the Canisius Center for Analytics and Data Ecosystems (CCADE). As a premier resource for interdisciplinary data analytics education in Western New York, CCADE provides students with access to cutting-edge resources and industry expertise, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.

Learn more about CCADE

Canisius Data Programs at a Glance

We offer three data-focused graduate programs: Cybersecurity MS, Data analytics MS or advanced certificate, and Business analytics MS. See which one fits your interests and goals.

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