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Decision Analytics: Transforming Data into Decisions

Enhance your analytics skills without interrupting your career. With VCU’s Decision Analytics weekend masters degree program you not only get data mining and modeling skills but the teamwork, communication, and business acumen to be a difference maker. You do not need to currently be a practicing data analyst. The program accommodates people looking for a career move.

At a glance

  • The decision analytics professional track offers the same degree as our full-time decision analytics program with the flexibility of an alternating weekend schedule.
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  • Program length: 16 months
    Schedule: Every other Friday and Saturday
    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; 2+ years' work experience
    Average class size: 25 to 35 students
    Application deadlines: Round 1 - February 15 (early) 
The Experience
  • Program Highlights

    • Live, interactive classroom instructions from distinguished professors and business professionals
    • Work directly with major businesses in the area on live projects and practicum
    • Attend a national analytics conference
    • Enjoy guest speaker programming with area executives and data science practitioners
    • Teamwork and communications coaching
    • Career counseling
    • Social and networking events
    • Become part of VCU's Analytics Alumni network - a valuable source of career opportunity and development 
  • The curriculum

    Prepare for positions in advanced analytics functions and gain an understanding of database structure, data query, statistical analysis, data mining, forecasting and more. We emphasize communicating analytics results to nonquantitative audiences, data visualization and effective teamwork skills.

    Other opportunities

    Program and degree requirements


Program overview 



For Prospects - Master of Decision Analytics Webinar with Alumni Panel Q&A [View Image]

For Prospects - Master of Decision Analytics Webinar with Alumni Panel Q&A

Date: Tuesday, February 2 – Tuesday, February 2
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Open to:Business community Prospective graduate students

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Can’t make it to one of our events? We’re happy to meet with you one-on-one.

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Admissions and cost
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    We make it easy to get started — just view our application checklist for everything you’ll need, including transcripts, tests scores and references. 

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    We offer a competitive tuition of $43,000, billed in four separate semester payments.

    For billing and payment questions, visit VCU Student Accounting.

    Our comprehensive tuition covers:

    • Course materials and software
    • Parking
    • National analytics conference (including transportation and hotels)
    • Socials and networking events
    • Meals during on-campus sessions

    Financial Aid

    Federal loans are available to Executive MBA students. Visit VCU Financial Aid for information.



Class schedule

Fridays 12:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Saturdays 8 a.m-3:45 p.m.

Classes meet every other Friday and Saturday.

Summer and winter breaks are included.

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Advisory board

We’ve partnered with executives from local organizations and members of the VCU College of Humanities and Science faculty to form an Analytics Advisory Board. The Master of Decision Analytics Professional Track program was created with the board’s direct involvement and consent.

Meet the board

  • Matt Austin
    Keiter Stephens Advisors
  • Elliot Becker
    McKesson Medical-Surgical
  • Karen Bernhard
  • Michael Bland
    B&B Printing
  • Christine Chmura
    Chmura Economics & Analytics
  • Simeon Chow
  • John Datovech
    Hamilton Beach
  • Kevin Gorman
    Capital One
  • Chip Hidinger
  • Atma Iyer
    Capital One
  • Tu Le
  • Robert Reynolds
    Markel Corp.
  • Craig Snodgrass
  • Wesley Strom
  • Larry Tentor
    Virginia Retirement System
  • Robert Thomas
    Dominion Power
  • Ward Thomas
    Havas Discovery
  • Sam Waters
    dSd Partners
  • Mervyn Wright

Contact us

Get your questions answered and start receiving emails about program details, updates, event invites and more.

Steve Custer, Ph.D.
Director, Decision Analytics Professional Track

Rachel Kaeser
Program Manager, Decision Analytics Professional Track

Snead Hall, Suite B3106
(804) 828-0612

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