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Leverage data to drive success.

Businesses today are becoming increasingly aware of the value and impact of data, leading to a sharp rise in demand for leaders who know how to leverage data to make strategic decisions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data analyst jobs will see a 20% growth from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than average. This promising job outlook for data analysts is due to the increasing need for better market research across a range of different industries.

To meet the demand for professionals with both analytics and management skills, Drake University offers a 100% online Master of Science in Business Analytics. The only fully online data analytics master’s program in Iowa, courses are taught by the same respected faculty as Drake’s on-campus programs. The program consists of 30 credits, earned through both core courses and electives, allowing you to specialize your degree to your career goals. Core courses include:

  • Business Analytics, Teams, and Projects
  • Information Technology Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Data Management and Visual Analytics
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Applied Analytics Project
Get a competitive edge in a fast-growing field.

Drake’s unique Master of Science in Business Analytics program prepares students to meet the demand for data-focused business professionals who can make sense of the wealth of data available to businesses today. The data analytics master’s program offers students an opportunity to gain in-depth training in both data analysis and business leadership so that they can become both business-savvy analysts and data-driven managers.

Designed for working professionals, the fully online, 30-credit program can be completed in just two years, attending part-time. The MSBA program emphasizes the development of skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace to produce an instant return on investment. Upon completion of the program, Drake’s MSBA graduates will be ready to:

  • Utilize key business data to solve operational, tactical, and strategic organizational problems
  • Understand data-related laws and ethics
  • Develop data initiatives and manage analytics teams

Founded in 1881, Drake University has been providing students with an exceptional learning experience for more than 130 years. Recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the Midwest, Drake offers a prestigious private education at an excellent value. In addition to highly respected on-campus programs, the University offers convenient online programs to fit the needs of busy professionals.

Drake University is recognized for its exceptional programs that prepare students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. As an online student at Drake, your experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students and faculty, and by Drake’s renowned history, accolades, and forward-thinking leaders.

Drake online students benefit from:
  • Programs that professionally prepare graduate students for the next step in their careers.
  • Committed faculty who serve as mentors to guide the success of students.
  • Flexible schedules that allow students to complete their studies as quickly or slowly as needed by fitting classes into busy schedules.
  • The convenience of online learning, allowing students to experience a Drake education on their own timeline.
  • A global network of more than 75,000 alumni, connecting you to opportunities all over the world.
You can afford to go to Drake.

Drake University works hard to provide financial assistance to help students attain the next level of success. We are committed to providing a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Based on the program you want to pursue and your life situation, there are several financial options to help you earn an advanced degree.

In addition to providing low tuition rates, Drake University offers online students many financial aid options, including:
  • Federal Stafford Loans: Online graduate students may qualify for subsidized and/or unsubsidized loans, which allows eligible students to borrow money to help cover tuition, living expenses, books and other costs.
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: As a graduate student, you may be eligible for a Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan. This low-interest, credit-based federal loan provides funds to cover additional educational expenses not met by other types of aid.
  • Employer Tuition Support Plan: If your employer reimburses you for all or part of your tuition costs after the end of each semester, you may be eligible for tuition deferment from Drake, allowing you to pay for your tuition upon receipt of funds.
  • Veteran Benefits: Drake University is committed to providing our online veteran students with the same support and financial aid resources available to our on-campus students. Eligible students may qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, Dependents Educational Assistance and the REAP Reserve Educational Assistance Program.

Drake University has been on the approved list of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913. Since reorganization of the Association in 2000, Drake University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Drake was granted continuing accreditation in 2008.

In addition to university accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, the College of Business & Public Administration (CBPA) is an accredited member of AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The CBPA is also one of just sixteen universities in the United States to be recognized as a Center for Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries.

Drake University has received numerous national rankings recognizing the University for strengths that range from academic quality to excellent value. Some of Drake’s recent accolades include:

Third in the Midwest for overall quality
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Drake third for overall quality among universities in the Midwest for eight years running.
College that pays you back
The Princeton Review included Drake in its 2017 listing of Colleges That Pay You Back, based on academics, cost, financial aid, graduation rates, and alumni salaries.
Top five in the nation among regional universities
U.S. News & World Report ranked Drake fifth in the nation among the 653 universities in Drake’s rankings category.
Best college value
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Drake among the top 40 best values in private education in the country in 2017, comparing cost/financial aid with academic quality.
Best colleges for military veterans
Drake ranked second in the Midwest region on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of best colleges for veterans.
National recognition
The inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking of U.S. colleges placed Drake University at 135 in a list of over 1,000 schools nationwide.
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