Master of Data Analytics (MDATA)

The USU Master of Data Analytics (MDATA) program trains the next generation of statisticians, business analysts, and computer scientists to meet the increased demand for analytic professionals. Integrating coursework from Statistics, Management Information Systems, Economics & Finance, and Computer Science The MDATA degree equips graduates with focused knowledge and tools for data management and analysis across various organizations.

Jointly developed by the Data Analytics & Information Systems and Economics and Finance Departments in the Huntsman School of Business, along with the Department of Mathematics & Statistics in the College of Science, this program produces graduates with the skills and competencies needed in this era of big data.

MDATA Students

MDATA Specialization Options

Management Information Systems

MIS specialization students become experts in data management and analysis, including:

  • Data warehousing
  • Data mining
  • Visualization
  • Machine learning

Their analysis drives business decision-making with a forward-thinking focus: “What’s next?” and “What should we do?” Using predictive techniques, they provide operational and strategic direction to executives.

Economics and Finance

Economics and Finance specialization students become experts in applying data analysis for decision-making in:

  • Applied finance, including asset pricing
  • Portfolio analysis
  • Risk management
  • Trading

They learn to apply techniques like Monte Carlo simulation for derivative pricing and back-testing trading strategies, and financial econometrics for volatility modeling and asset price prediction.


Statistics specialization students become experts in areas that are critical for modern analytics such as:

  • Statistical computing and programming
  • Visualization
  • High-dimensional data analysis,
  • Classification and neural networks
  • Data dredging and management

They learn to critically interpret data and draw valuable insights from it.