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

Our one-year, full-time program is ideal for students coming straight from undergraduate study. We also offer a part-time option designed with evening classes for working professionals, which can be completed in as few as two years. A STEM degree is not required and our program is open to students from any undergraduate background. 

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Real-world learning opportunities and professional networking

As part of this program, you’ll participate in an internship or supervised project with a local business or nonprofit — gaining hands-on experience carrying out a comprehensive data analytics process. At the same time, you’ll gain a wide range of viewpoints on data analytics, from faculty in areas from business to computer science and mathematics.

Our Advisory Council, comprised of leading data specialists in the region, help to facilitate internships and experiential learning for students in the program. We also host additional events on campus such as  guest speakers, conferences, and professional groups who bring real-world experiences and insights to the classes.

Master’s in Data Analytics Program Highlights

  • Strong industry connections within Western New York that lead to internship and job opportunities
  • Part-time option with evening courses designed for working professionals
  • Experienced faculty comprised of scholars, big data researchers and industry professionals
  • Background in STEM not required
  • No GMAT/GRE required
  • Ability to tailor course requirements 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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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.

See where our alumni are now

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

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.

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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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