Master's Programs in Analytics in California

California universities offer a variety of analytics master's degree programs. This article compares the lengths, tuition rates, and required coursework for analytics programs across the Golden State.

California State University, Los Angeles

Cal State LA currently offers an MBA (Master of Business Administration) with a concentration in business analytics. This program includes a 27-unit core curriculum followed by courses in business analytics. The school also plans to begin offering a stand-alone MS (Master of Science) in Business Analytics in the near future.

University of California, Davis

The 1-year MS in Business Analytics program from UC Davis blends coursework in business, computing, and analytics. Students work on a hands-on practicum project for a corporation to complete their degree program.

University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA offers both a 15-month MS in Business Analytics and an 18- to 24-month MS in Applied Statistics. Students in both programs have the opportunity to complete thesis and capstone projects with one of UCLA's corporate partners.

University of Southern California

The MS in Business Analytics program at USC incorporates three fields of study: (1) computer science, (2) statistics, machine learning, and optimization, and (3) business strategy. This is a project-based program, so throughout the 3-semester (33 unit) curriculum, students work in groups to complete projects in collaboration with USC's industry partners.

Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University's 39-unit MS in Business Analytics program is offered online as well as in a hybrid format and at their San Francisco campus. Students take courses about big data, enterprise management, business intelligence, advanced statistical analysis, and programming languages (like R and Python). They also complete a capstone analytics project.

California State University, Long Beach

At CSU Long Beach, students can complete a 30-unit MS in Applied Statistics program that focuses on the statistical methods data analysts use to derive useful information from large data sets. Or, they can pursue the 30-unit MS in Marketing Analytics degree, which focuses on data analysis techniques in a marketing context.

University of California, San Diego

At UC San Diego, students can earn an MS in Business Analytics in 11 months (full-time) or in 12-24 months on the FLEX Weekend schedule. Students complete 46 credits of core courses and electives as well as a 4-credit, hands-on capstone project.

Azusa Pacific University

Students in Azusa Pacific University's 33-unit MS in Applied Statistics and Analytics program can choose between a biostatistics or business analytics emphasis. Because Azusa Pacific is a Christian university, the program offers a faith-based perspective to the study of business decision making and data analysis ethics.

University of California, Irvine

The University of California's Irvine campus offers a 1-year, STEM-designated Master of Science in Business Analytics program. Students can design their own course of study by choosing from a wide range of electives and develop a concentration in data analytics, operation analytics, or marketing analytics.

San Jose State

The 2-year Master of Science in Data Analytics program at San Jose State University is also STEM designated. Because of the school's proximity to Silicon Valley, students can enjoy a plethora of internship opportunities in data analytics, data administration, business analytics, and information research.

University Name Programs Offered Graduate Tuition for Academic Year (2018-2019)*
California State University, Los Angeles MBA in Business Analytics In-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
University of California, Davis MS in Business Analytics In-state: $11,442
Out-of-state: $26,544
University of California Los Angeles MS in Business Analytics
MS in Applied Statistics
In-state: $11,442
Out-of-state: $26,544
University of Southern California MS in Business Analytics In-state: $4,719
Out-of-state: $44,712
Golden Gate University MS in Business Analytics $18,900
California State University, Long Beach MS in Marketing Analytics
MS in Applied Statistics
In-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
University of California, San Diego MS in Business Analytics In-state: $11,442
Out-of-state: $26,544
Azusa Pacific University MS in Applied Statistics and Analytics$17,112
University of California, Irvine MS in Business Analytics In-state: $11,442
Out-of-state: $26,544
San Jose State MS in Data Analytics In-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Application Requirements for an Analytics Master's Degree Program in California

To prepare for an analytics master's degree program, students should take college-level courses in linear algebra, statistics, calculus, and programming languages (the most common languages for data analytics work are R, Python, and SQL). As long as they complete their intended program's prerequisite math and computing courses, students can apply with a bachelor's degree in any field. Applicants must send in their undergraduate degree transcripts, letters of recommendation, a current resume, and a personal essay. Some programs are designed for business professionals and require applicants to have up to five years of experience working in either the public or private sector.

Private and public universities across the state of California offer master's degree programs in analytics. Degree-seeking students can choose the analytics program that includes the focus area and capstone experience that best matches their unique background, research strengths, and career goals.

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