Application and Admission
What are the academic requirements for admission into the Master of Science in Applied Analytics and Graduate Certificate in Applied Analytics programs?
A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (or 2.9 in last 60 credits) of a completed bachelor’s degree.
How do I apply for admission?
Please see the Application Requirements and Checklist section of this webpage.
What is the application deadline?
Fall enrollment – all materials due by August 1.
Spring enrollment – please contact the Program Director to discuss class availability and your eligibility for a Spring start.
Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on an individual basis.
Do either the Master of Science or Certificate program require any particular undergraduate degree?
Students are eligible for either program regardless of their undergraduate major. Programming knowledge/experience is not required, but familiarity with statistics is beneficial. It’s a myth that you need to be an expert in math or programming in order to effectively analyze data. Programming is useful for doing data analysis, but not necessary. Nor is it sufficient. Using data to improve decision-making requires actionable insight. This means understanding where analytics can improve decisions, obtaining the appropriate data, understanding what it does/does not measure, shaping it into an appropriate form, building useful predictive or explanatory models, and communicating the insight to multiple audiences: customers, employees, owners, communities, and beyond. Actionable insight also requires using your existing knowledge to ask the tough questions needed to move your organization or business forward. Loras’s graduate analytics programs are designed to provide and sharpen this skill-set for working professionals.
How long will it take to receive an admission decision regarding my application?
Immediately following receipt of all application materials, your file will be reviewed by the Program Director and you will be notified of an admission decision within one week.
How will I be notified of the admission decision?
You will be contacted by email once a decision has been made.
Can I take some courses as a non-degree student?
Individuals who would like to take graduate classes for professional development, continuing education credits, or personal enrichment may take up to 9 graduate credits as a non-degree special student. Special students may not enroll in practicum, clinical, internship courses or other courses without approval from the program director.
In order to enroll in the course(s), students must complete the standard online application (select “Graduate: professional education program” as the Student Type, and “Other Non-Degree Coursework” as the Academic Program), and email unofficial copies of transcripts from each institution attended to the Director of Admission for Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Programs. The transcripts will then be evaluated by the program director to ensure that any necessary pre-requisite course requirements have been met. Non-degree seeking students interested in courses in the Counseling program must meet minimum program admission requirements for the program. Please note that degree-seeking students have registration preference.
After the completion of 9 non-degree credits, a student must then apply for formal admission into the program in order to move forward and take additional courses.
Financial aid is not available to non-degree special students.
How can I receive more information about the Master of Science in Applied Analytics or Certificate in Applied Analytics program?
For more information about the program curriculum, please contact Dr. Rober Keller, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the application and admission process, please contact Megan Henderson, Director of Admission for Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Programs, at: email@example.com or 563.588.7140.
Curriculum and Class Format
How many credits are required?
A total of 15 credits are needed to meet the course requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Analytics, and a total of 30 credits are required for the Master of Science in Applied Analytics degree.
What is the class format?
Our programs are delivered through a blend of online and classroom delivery, integrating the flexibility of online learning without losing the valuable personal interaction that a classroom provides. Students take either on or two 7-week courses at a time and each class is held just one night per week. The first six weeks are delivered online in a live virtual classroom. During the final week, students come together face-to-face for a full weekend on the beautiful Loras campus in Dubuque. On campus, students will hear from engaging speakers and participate in meaningful group work.
How long does it take to complete the programs?
The Certificate can be completed in 9 months (Sept.-May), and the Master of Science degree can be completed in either one year (Sept.–Sept.) or two years.
Is there a preferred entry point into the programs?
Both programs begin in the Fall semester. Students interested in a Spring start should contact the program director to discuss their eligibility and class availability.
Does either program accept transfer credits?
We do not accept transfer credits into the certificate program, but students may transfer in up to 9 credits into the Master of Science in Applied Analytics degree. Please consult the Graduate Bulletin for details.
What is the time commitment outside of class?
Time commitments vary depending on the course and individual’s specific skill set. As a general rule, students will spend 4 – 6 hours per week outside of classroom instruction on class-related work for each class.
Where are classes held?
The face-to-face weekend classes are held on the beautiful Loras College campus on the 3rd floor of Keane Hall.
When do classes meet?
Each online live class meets one or two evenings per week, typically from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The face-to-face weekends typically meet on Saturday from 8am-5pm and on Sunday from 9am-5pm. For specific times and dates, see the course schedule prior to each academic semester.
Will there be an orientation prior to the first class?
Yes, students are required to attend the New Graduate Student Orientation prior to beginning coursework so they can become familiar with the faculty, campus, services and their peers.
Is Loras College accredited?
Yes, Loras College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
If I’m interested in playing a sport at Loras while in graduate school, how many credits do I have to take?
Graduate students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking master’s program to be eligible to participate in NCAA athletics at Loras (please note that the Graduate Certificate in Applied Analytics does not qualify as a degree-seeking master’s program).
Student athletes enrolled in one of our degree-seeking master’s programs need to have full-time status (taking at least 6 credits per term) during the semester(s) they’re practicing or competing in the sport. Students also need to be making satisfactory progress towards their degree (as determined by Loras). If a student wants to participate in athletics while being enrolled less than full-time, they will need to work with their coaches to determine if they are eligible for a waiver.
The Master of Science in Applied Analytics program can be completed in one year while satisfying the required number of credits for full-time status.
Please note that while 6 credits per term is considered full-time for graduate students at Loras, students only need to take at least 3 credits per term in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.
What are current tuition rates for the Master of Science in Applied Analytics and the Graduate Certificate in Applied Analytics programs?
Visit the Graduate section of our Tuition & Fees page for detailed cost information.
Tuition and Fees are subject to change at any time.
Is financial aid available?
Federal aid is available for the Master of Science in Applied Analytics program, but not for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Analytics. Students who wish to obtain a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan must complete the current year FAFSA and take at least 3 credits per term. For more information, please contact our Financial Planning Office at 563-588-7136 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.