Master's in Data Analytics


The demand for data analysts has skyrocketed. Launch your career with an MS in Data Analytics from Rockhurst.


Offered on-campus and online through Rockhurst’s AACSB-accredited Helzberg School of Management, this program, ranked #39 nationally in graduate business analytics programs*, will provide you with the skills and experience you need to tap into valuable jobs in the growing field of data science.

Students take data analytics courses that will teach the technical skills behind statistical modeling, machine learning, computer science, predictive modeling and cutting-edge data visualization while continuously applying these skills to real business problems, providing the skills you need to be successful in a corporate environment. Graduates of the Master's in Data Analytics program are not only technically savvy, but are also prepared to effectively communicate advanced data topics to managers and colleagues with less technical expertise.

Want to take some classes online and some in-person? You can do that! Rockhurst offers great flexibility to earn your degree in a way that works best for you.

*2022 U.S. News and World Report


Data Is Everywhere

Online MS in Data Analytics Experience

Quality continues to be the main concern with online education, so we work tirelessly to ensure Rockhurst's online offerings meet high standards — beginning with the online course design. As an institutional subscriber to Quality Matters, all Data Analytics online courses are designed with QM standards and undergo a thorough quality review process. The result is all classes demonstrate best practices for online course design and are complete and ready for delivery by the beginning of each semester. Our online-certified faculty are trained in tested good practices in online pedagogy, as well as web conferencing tools and additional software products used by the University.

Data Analytics Tools Preparing the future masters in data science

Students will go in-depth on a variety of concepts, and use several analytics tools, to make our graduates true masters of their craft. This includes:

Machine learning and predictive analytics 
Big Data analytics through Spark and Hadoop
Text mining
Time series and future trend forecasting
Mapping and analyzing spatial data
Manage and manipulate relational data with SQL and AWS)
Data visualization, animations, and stories
Dashboards and performance metrics
R/R Studio, Python/Jupyter, Tableau, Microsoft PowerBI and Google Analytics

I entered the Rockhurst Data Analytics program not having any background in programming or data analytics. Just a bit over halfway through the program I was offered a position at an organization doing pretty much my dream job.

– Nathaniel Bozarth, Data Analytics '20

Data Science Jobs in High Demand

The immense job prospects is one of the things that makes a Master's in Data Analytics worth it to pursue sooner rather than later. Businesses are challenged to determine patterns in complex data, perform analytical monitoring and then use the information to confidently answer vital business questions. However, the availability of highly qualified professionals trained in data science continues to fall short of the demand. According to a recent analysis by IBM, demand for data scientists and advanced business analysts will rise 28% by 2020. That’s where our Data Analytics master's degree comes in.

Data Scientist Salary Outlook

The starting salary for a data scientist in the U.S. ranges from $95,000 to $118,000 depending on the level of technical complexity. According to Burtch Works’ 2018 study of data scientist salaries, the more people you manage the more salary you will earn. For example, those who managed 1-3 people earned a median annual salary of $145,000, while those responsible for a team of 10+ earned $250,000. Combining this career outlook with Rockhurst’s immense local business and alumni network, our Master's of Data Analytics can be considered one of the best data analytics programs in the region.

Kansas City – A Data Hub

As a Rockhurst MSDA student, you can expect to connect with local executives looking for your expertise in companies such as Cerner, BKD, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AMC Theaters, Swiss Re, DST Systems, Sprint, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and more. Kansas City, Missouri, is a data-rich region, home to these companies as well as a number of engineering and healthcare firms producing significant amounts of data. With our Master's in Data Analytics under your belt and strong connections to area experts, it’s okay to get excited about your job and salary prospects.

Personal and Professional Development

Advance your career while you advance your education. Professional business coaches help you analyze your current position or career goals and then guide you to apply classroom experiences. This forward-thinking program ensures you will graduate with a Master's of Science in Data Analytics degree, paving a clear path for furthering your career.




Employers take notice of applicants from AACSB-accredited programs such as Rockhurst University. To earn this prestigious accreditation, Rockhurst meets rigorous, relevant and carefully reviewed standards. With fewer than five percent of the world’s 13,000 business programs earning AASCB accreditation, graduating from an accredited program is a powerful differentiator for leading jobs. In fact, Rockhurst’s Helzberg School of Management is the region’s only private, AACSB accredited school.

For more information about the suite of graduate business programs from Helzberg, please see the School of Management Programs.