Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Classes start June 24, 2024

Enhance your career with Data Analytics

Montreat College’s Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics is designed for students pursuing the fields of business administration, marketing, finance, insurance, professional services, and information technology. Demand for individuals with expertise in the field of data analytics is projected to increase significantly over the next decade.

Data Analytics Degree Highlights

  • Explore and combine facets of business, information technology, and mathematics that offer immediate value for a real-world setting.
  • Build a broad and thorough education through data mining and structure with modeling and communication that will serve your well throughout your career.
  • Develop the soft skills necessary to be a vital decision-maker within an organization.
  • Learn from expert instructors who will facilitate meaningful discussions in the online classroom.
  • Enjoy the benefits of online learning. Study when it is convenient in the comfort of your personal environment, while learning from supportive professors who care about your success.

For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are the start dates for the Data Analytics degree program?

Please see the admissions page for specific enrollment and start dates.

How long does it take to complete the Data Analytics degree program?

A Bachelor’s Degree is 120 credit hours and can take one to four years to complete depending upon the amount of credits you transfer in.

How much does the Data Analytics degree program cost?

Montreat College programs are competitively priced, and we offer multiple forms of financial aid to help you achieve your educational goals.  Please see the current AGS Tuition and Fees page here.  Also, please keep in mind that there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options

What jobs can you pursue with a Data Analytics degree?

The fields of business administration, marketing, finance, insurance, professional services, and information technology. Additionally, rapid growth in the areas of telemedical services and health informatics is generating a demand for practitioners who develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to organize, interpret and publish the increasing volume and complexity of health data.


What are the length of online courses?

Starting Fall 2021, all courses will be eight-week sessions. There are 2 sessions in a semester. To be considered a full-time undergraduate student, a student must take 12 credit hours per semester. For the 12 credit hours, the student must take 2 courses (6 credit hours) the first eight-week session and 2 courses (6 credit hours) the second eight-week session. Semesters in this program are Spring, Summer, and Fall.


What is the job market like for people with a Data Analytics degree?

The regional outlook is strong, with 15.83% job growth expected over the next 10 years, and 14.02% job growth, nationally. Therefore, the market demand for graduates of this particular degree is evident.


How much money do Data Analytics professionals typically make?

The average regional salary of graduates from this type of program is $75,224. This salary is $29,994 above the average living wage for North Carolina. Overall, the outlook for this program from an employment potential is positive.


What graduate programs this degree prepare me to apply for?

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Management and Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Public Administration

What are the admissions requirements?

Applicants must submit the following for admissions consideration:

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken*
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher in all previous college work attempted.
  • Official, final high school transcript or its equivalent (if transferring less than 12 semester credits of college credit)*
  • American Council on Education (ACE) verification demonstrating any eligible CLEP and DSST examinations, and non-collegiate military training.

*All final transcripts must include graduation information

What are the degree requirements?

  • Completion of the General Education Credits (39 credits)
  • MATH 1210 is required in the Gen-Ed
  • BUSN 3502 is required in the Gen-Ed as Humanities
  • Completion of the Data Analytics Major Core (42 credits)
  • Completion of the Major Elective Credits (39 credits) 27 of credits have to be 3000 level or above
  • Completion of 120 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0


BUSN 2614 Qualitative Methods

Models for decision-making for marketing, finance, accounting, production and operations management, parametric and nonparametric statistics. An introduction to simple regression models, constrained and unconstrained optimization, and other techniques. Prerequisite: MATH 1220.

INDS 3610 Pre-Internship

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the practicum/internship experience. Topics included are internship selection, making the most of the internship, resume building, and facing internship challenges.

BUSN 3502 Business Ethics

This course includes an analysis of business policies and practices with respect to their social and moral impact. It raises basic questions on moral reasoning and the morality of economic systems, both nationally and internationally. It also examines the impact of governmental regulations on corporate behavior, and the ethical relationships between the corporation and the public. Prerequisite: BS 101. (Offered every fall.)

CYBR 1211 Introduction to Computer Programming

This course introduces computer programming and problem solving in a structured program logic environment. Topics include language syntax, data types, program organization, problem-solving methods, algorithm design, and logic control structures. Upon completion, students should be able to use top-down algorithm design and implement algorithmic solutions in a programming language. Examples and assignments will be in C++. Prerequisites: None

CYBR 2112 Introduction to Secure Scripting

This course offers an in-depth introduction to scripting languages, including basic data types, control structures, regular expressions, input/output, and textual analysis. Examples and assignments will be in Python. Prerequisite: CS 122

CYBR 2213 Database Programming

A course introducing the student to the logic, design, implementation, and accessing of organizational databases as contrasted to older conventional data file techniques introduced in COBOL programming. Particular emphasis is placed on relational database management that focuses on the logical nature of databases. Popular microcomputer-based database programs will be utilized. Prerequisite: None

CYBR 2311 Computer and Systems Security

An in-depth study of computer and systems security covering the domains of the Security+ Certification. Focus is on the knowledge and skills required to identify risk and participate in risk mitigation activities, provide infrastructure, application, operational and information security, apply security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability, identify appropriate technologies and products, and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws and regulations. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

DATA 1552 Data Analytics Tools

A study of the basic principles of data science and the tools and skills that are essential in data science. Topics to be covered include: data acquisition, cleaning, processing, and drawing inferences from such data. Prerequisite: BS 214.

DATA 2552 Applied Statistics for Data Analytics

A study of the methods of statistical description, inference, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing and regression analysis with a focus on application to real situations. Prerequisite: BS 214.

DATA 2553 Data Structures and Algorithms

Statistical models for data analysis and discovery in big-data settings, with primary focus on linear regression models. The challenges of building meaningful models from vast data are explored, and emphasis is placed on model building and the use of numerical and graphical diagnostics for assessing model fit. Interpretation and communication of the results of analyses is emphasized. Prerequisites: DATA 1552.

DATA 3553 Dataset Organization, Reporting, and Management

The study of the basic principles of organizing, managing, and presenting (visual format) data in multiple ways from any source with applications in multiple disciplines. Prerequisites: DATA 2553.

DATA 3554 Introduction to Data Mining, Machine Learning & AI

Students learn basic principles of data mining which include methods for locating, extracting, processing, determining appropriate methods for handling and ultimately extracting useful knowledge from raw data. Topics to be covered include: data extraction, cleaning, and other preprocessing tasks of data, classifications, clustering, transformation, pattern recognition, anomaly detection, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and overall knowledge discovery. Prerequisites: DATA 2553.

DATA 4625 Internship

Supervised internship provides students with the opportunity to integrate classroom instruction with on-the-job training in an area associated with data analytics. Prerequisite: DATA 3553, IS 310, junior standing (Offered by department discretion)

DATA 4552 Introduction to Big Data

A course that looks at the concept of “Big data.” “Big data is data that contains greater variety arriving in increasing volumes and with ever-higher velocity. This is known as the three Vs.” -Gartner Trends in big data include new technologies for data storage, new tools to mine data from these huge datasets, new database technologies to address the three Vs. Open Source tools will primarily be utilized. Prerequisites: DATA 3554

DATA 4653 Data Analytics Capstone

An independent research project done at the senior level. It involves a project supervised by a faculty member. The number of hours required is a minimum 15 contact hours for each credit hour and depends on student interest, standing, and background. Prerequisites: senior standing.


Laurel Schneider
Department Chair, Business and Technology
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity