Enhance your analytics skills without interrupting your career.

Prepare for high-demand careers in big data through VCU’s M.D.A. professional track. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how to solve complex problems and maximize usable intelligence to make better decisions.

Whatever your industry or discipline, having advanced knowledge, quantitative skills and practical experience will make you more qualified, more marketable and more valuable.

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: 20 months
    Schedule: Every other Friday and Saturday
    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; 2+ years' work experience
    Average class size: 25 to 35 students
    Application deadline: Apply Now! Accepting applications for the Class of 2022.
The Experience
  • Student snapshot

    The VCU decision analytics professional track introduces you to a lifelong network of business leaders, peers and colleagues. Our students:

    • Demonstrate strong mathematical and statistical abilities
    • Are naturally curious
    • Are born problem-solvers who enjoy puzzles and logic games
    • Like to work with people and be part of a team
    • Are driven to make an impact through their work
  • 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 Webinar

Master of Decision Analytics Webinar

Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Open to:Business community Prospective graduate students
DAPT Experience Day

DAPT Experience Day

Date: Friday, October 25
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Open to:Business community Prospective graduate students
Master of Decision Analytics Webinar

Master of Decision Analytics Webinar

Date: Tuesday, November 5
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
  • Tuition and aid

    We offer a competitive, all-inclusive tuition of $43,000. For billing and payment questions, visit VCU Student Accounting.

    Financial aid

    Federal loans are available to most DAPT students. Visit VCU Financial Aid for information.

    For questions about billing, tuition or financial aid, contact Brittany Gracik at (804) 827-7427 or gracikbm@vcu.edu

    What’s included

    All-inclusive tuition covers: Textbooks, course materials and software, parking, catered meals, networking events

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Class schedule

Fridays 12:30-8 p.m. | Saturdays 8 a.m-3:30 p.m.

You'll attend classes every other Friday and Saturday, and a week-long conference is slated near the beginning of your second year.
Summer and winter breaks are included.

DAPT Class of 2021 calendar

     DAPT Class of 2021 billing schedule 

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
  • Anne-Rivers Forcke
  • Kevin Gorman
    Capital One
  • Trip Humphrey
    Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Atma Iyer
    Capital One
  • Tu Le
  • Bruce Neidle
  • 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
DAPT program director

Brittany Gracik
DAPT program manager

Snead Hall, Suite B3106
(804) 827-7427

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