At a glance


  • The VCU Master of Decision Analytics (M.D.A) Weekend Program provides students with the in-demand business analytics skills and experience needed for analyzing problems in the business world. 

    This hybrid program follows an alternating weekend schedule. On the first class weekend of each month, students attend class in person. The second class weekend of each month is HyFlex, and 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 instruction from distinguished professors and business professionals
  • Work directly with major businesses in the area on live projects and practicum
  • Enjoy sessions 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 



Master of Decision Analytics Experience Day

Master of Decision Analytics Experience Day

Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Open to:Business community Prospective graduate students
Master of Decision Analytics Webinar with Alumni Panel Q&A

Master of Decision Analytics Webinar with Alumni Panel Q&A

Date: Tuesday, March 7
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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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


Meals during on-campus sessions

Socials & networking events

Billing Schedule

Financial Aid

Federal loans are available. 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 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
  • Lee Brooks
  • Virginia Credit Union
  • Christine Chmura
    Chmura Economics & Analytics
  • Simeon Chow
    Altria (retired)
  • John Datovech
    Hamilton Beach
  • Kevin Gorman
  • Chip Hidinger
  • Atma Iyer
    Capital One
  • Robert Reynolds
    W.R. Berkley Corporation
  • Craig Snodgrass
  • Wesley Strom
  • 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.
DAPT Director

(804) 828-7170

Rachel Kaeser
Program Manager
(804) 828-0612


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