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 VCU Decision Analytics Professional Track program provides students with the in-demand skills and experience needed for analyzing problems in the business world. 

    The program follows an alternating weekend schedule. The first class weekend of each month students are expected to attend in-person. The second class weekend of each month is HyFlex; students may attend in-person or virtually.

    Application ChecklistHyFlex Calendar
  • Program length: 16 months
    Schedule: Every other Friday afternoon and Saturday
    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; 2+ years' work experience
    Average class size: 25 to 35 students
    Application deadlines: Round 1 - February 15

 

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 

Testimonials

Events

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

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

Date: Thursday, November 4
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Open to:Business community Prospective graduate students

Schedule an appointment

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

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Tuition 

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

DAPT Billing Schedule - Class of 2022

Financial Aid

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

Class schedule

Classes meet every other Friday and Saturday.

Fridays 12:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Saturdays 8 a.m-3:45 p.m. 

 

16-month program, includes summer & winter breaks. 

The first class weekend of each month students are expected to attend in-person.
The second class weekend of each month is HyFlex; students may attend in-person or virtually.


HyFlex Calendar

 

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
    Citibanamex
  • Michael Bland
    B&B Printing
  • Christine Chmura
    Chmura Economics & Analytics
  • Simeon Chow
    Altria (retired)
  • John Datovech
    Hamilton Beach
  • Kevin Gorman
    Verizon
  • Chip Hidinger
    Truist
  • Atma Iyer
    Capital One
  • Robert Reynolds
    W.R. Berkley Corporation
  • Craig Snodgrass
    Cardlytics
  • Wesley Strom
    IBM
  • Larry Tentor
    Virginia Retirement System
  • Robert Thomas
    Dominion Power
  • Ward Thomas
    Havas Discovery
  • Sam Waters
    DSD Partners

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
dapt@vcu.edu

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