School of Business, Government, and Economics

Master of Science in Data Analytics in Business (MS-DAB)

Shape the future. Change the world.

You’re passionate about learning how to gather, organize, and analyze data in or outside of a business context. You relish the challenge of solving complex problems and are intrigued by coding and algorithms. Your curiosity compels you to extract meaning from raw data, and strive for transforming data into a usable asset. Leverage your passion for data with our high-demand MS-DAB degree and take advantage of career opportunities in a rapidly expanding field. With the world’s most renowned tech giants right around the corner, MS-DAB graduates are uniquely positioned to change the game here in Seattle, and beyond.

At a Glance

  • check mark icon Accreditation Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • check mark icon Upcoming Application Deadline The next deadline for domestic students is 2/1/2020 for Spring quarter
  • check mark icon Expected Time to Completion 24-30 months
  • check mark icon Format Working professional friendly (part-time, evenings); On Campus
  • check mark icon Credits to Graduate 45-48
  • check mark icon Upcoming Information Sessions View all of our upcoming Open House and information events.

  • check mark icon Cost $895/credit

Program Overview


Through the applied, experiential, and collaborative-based MS-DAB curriculum at Seattle Pacific’s School of Business, Government, and Economics, students gain purpose-driven leadership skills and discover how data analytics, business principles, and ethical practice unite to lay a foundation for service to others as a data analyst.

For the modern business enterprise, utilizing data analytics effectively is key to creating a competitive advantage. An MS in Data Analytics in Business from Seattle Pacific bridges the gap between business and data, preparing students for leadership at the intersection of data and business. This degree focuses on managing the mountains of data that organizations use, and enabling management to make sense of that data. You’ll gain expertise in data management, data mining, visualization, and analytics, as well as business intelligence. Through the MS-DAB program, leaders are developed with the management, analytics, and problem-solving skills they need to handle complex, data-based decision-making situations. 

Why Seattle Pacific? 

From its inception in 1977, SPU's School of Business, Government, and Economics has upheld an unwavering dedication to excellence ― quality faculty and curricula, values and ethics, and readying students to impact their professional and personal worlds. 

  1. AACSB Accreditation

    Seattle Pacific was the first school of the nearly 100-member Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to achieve the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) distinction. AACSB International represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide - 5% of schools globally. As a member, we are part of a united movement to improve the quality of business education around the world, helping to develop the next generation of great leaders. Four out of five alumni from AACSB-accredited schools say their graduate management education contributes to improvements in their competitiveness, proactiveness, innovation, and creativity. Also, SPU is listed as a Best Business School in the West by The Princeton Review.

  2. Deep Ethics Emphasis

    Built on an ethical foundation, all graduate programs at SPU offer first-class data analytics education through the lens of Christian faith and values. Students take two ethics classes, and ethical issues are integrated throughout the curriculum. The School of Business, Government, and Economics also operates the Center for Integrity in Business.

  3. Flexible Format

    Classes are smaller, allowing students to get involved with professors and fellow students in a cooperative and reciprocal learning environment. Responsive and caring faculty encourage students to reach their goals. Our evening courses are designed to accommodate students' work schedules so they can pace their studies to fit their lives.  

  4. Mentor Program Advantage

    At SPU, students are encouraged to follow their inspiration and imagination while benefiting from a top-rated mentor program that connects them with professionals in their chosen fields of study. To enhance the MS-DAB experience, we offer a mentor program that gives students access to more than 2,000 business people and professionals from a variety of companies, industries, roles, and levels of experience. Meet one-on-one with a mentor or multiple mentors for a richer learning experience and network of contacts.  

  5. Connected Alumni 

    When you graduate with an MS-DAB from SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics, you join a community of alumni who stay connected. As a graduate, you'll find experienced and engaged, top-level business professionals eager to lend their support.

  6. Robust Suite of Career Services

    Shaping a definitive course of action upon graduation is vital. That's why we offer a robust suite of career and professional development opportunities including career counseling, job-search coaching, résumé development, workshops and seminars, networking events, and mentoring through SBGE Career Services.

Watch the MS Data Analytics in Business Informational Webinar

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This list shows foundations, ethics, leadership, and specialized data analytics courses available to students in the program. To view the official curriculum requirements and course descriptions for the MS-DAB degree, visit the online Graduate Catalog.

Foundations Courses (9 credits)

BUS 6150         Managerial Marketing (3)
BUS 6170         Information Systems Management (3)
BUS 6171         Statistics for Business Decisions (3)

Ethical Perspectives Courses (6 credits)

BUS 6201         Christian Faith, Values, Ethics, and the Marketplace (3)
BUS 6202         Business Ethics: Current Issues and Moral Leadership (3)

Leadership and Behavioral Skills Courses (6 credits)

BUS 6260         Managerial Communication (3)
BUS 6266         Leadership in Organizations (3)

Specialized Data Analytics Courses (27 credits)

ISM 6212

Database Management and Warehousing (3)

ISM 6255

Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence (3)

ISM 6353

Statistical Analysis for Data Analytics I (3)

ISM 6354

Statistical Analysis for Data Analytics II (3)

ISM 6359

Data Mining (3)

ISM 6361

Data Visualization (3)

ISM 6362

Big Data & Cloud-based Tools (3)

ISM 6331 

BUS 6350

Information Systems Security (3) or

Marketing Analytics (3)

ISM 6358  

ISM 6939

Decision-making with Business Intelligence and Analytics or

IS Consulting Practicum (3)

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Career Opportunities

Career Services

Supporting the careers of our graduate business students and alumni is a high priority for the School of Business, Government, and Economics. These career resources are available:

Graduate students may use the Center for Career & Calling Resources for Current Graduate Students which include online vocational resources and résumé tips, workshops, and events. 

Job Leads

Job leads are posted in SPU's job posting board, Handshake, as well as in the SBGE LinkedIn group.

Career Counseling, Job Search Coaching, and Résumé Assistance

Where do you plan to work once you graduate? How do you plan to land your next job? If you just started your graduate business program, you might not know what is on the other side of your degree. A list of qualified, vetted career counselors and coaches is available to students who desire one-on-one assistance (i.e. résumé writing, career exploration counseling or job search coaching, career assessments, or other related activities).  This is on a fee-for-service basis.

Professional and Career Development Workshops

Managing your career is critical for success in today’s turbulent environment. To accelerate your development, each quarter we host one career related workshop on topics such as job searching, networking, résumé writing, interviewing, etc.

Alumni/Student Networking Events

Connecting alumni and current students together is a win-win for everyone. Networking events are held to connect and help current students and SBGE alumni navigate life in the workplace. Alumni work at Amazon, Tableau, Nordstrom, Boeing and more. 


A mentor can be a pivotal influence in your career. Our Center for Applied Learning offers a world-class, individually customized mentoring experience that pairs you with a mentor based on your career goals and aspirations. Find out more about the Mentor Program.

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Tuition and Fees for 2019–20

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per credit

Total costs estimated between $40,275 and $42,960, based on 2019-20 tuition.

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one time application and matriculation fee

See additional fee details.

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45–48 credits

to complete

Financial Aid

Before applying for aid, you must first be admitted to a graduate program. Make sure you:

  • Enroll in at least 3 credits (or half-time) toward a degree or eligible certificate each quarter.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Just like undergraduates, you may take advantage of scholarships and loans. SPU does not have a deadline for graduate financial aid, though earlier is always better than later! Learn more


Learn more about administrative, certification, and other program fees.

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Application Info

Admission Requirements

Generally, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate studies, at least a 295 GRE score and evidence of at least one year of continuous, full-time, substantive work experience after receipt of the bachelor's degree on your résumé. (Applicants with a 3.5 GPA and 295 GRE score are eligible without prior work experience.)

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Online application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Current résumé as evidence of a substantive work experience. You will need at least one year, continuous full-time, post-bachelor’s degree experience at the time of application. More is preferred. This is a significant factor in the admission decision process. Applicants with less than one year of post-baccalaureate professional work experience, but who are otherwise strong candidates and are currently employed in a meaningful professional role may be considered.
  • Official transcript from colleges or universities attended. Include the transcript from the institution that granted your bachelor’s degree with the posted degree appearing on the transcript. Also, send official transcripts for all institutions attended following your undergraduate degree, as well as any other schools where you earned credits that may be used to request waivers of foundations courses.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. GRE scores above 295 (150 verbal; 145 quantitative) are preferred. For the GRE, the SPU school code is 4694. The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) may also be accepted, and scores above 500 (25 verbal; 30 quantitative; 4.4 analytical writing) are preferred. For the GMAT, the SPU school code is C9FD273. (The GRE requirement is waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.7; a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above and five years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience (or three years managerial experience); or, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and at least 10 years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience; or, for applicants already possessing an advanced degree from an accredited university.)
  • Two professional letters of recommendation listed in the online application (optional).
  • Personal statement (3-4 pages) responding to the essay questions listed in the online application.


The application for admission, application fee, and personal statement must be received by the dates listed below. Recommendation letters, official transcripts and test scores must arrive before an admission decision can be made.

Quarter/Starting Month

Application Deadline


August 1


November 1


February 1


May 1

International applicants attending on an F-1 visa 
(International applicants who do not need an F-1 visa may adhere to the above deadlines.)

Quarter/Starting Month

Application Deadline


June 1


September 1


December 1


Admission not available for F-1 visa students


Pre-Qualified Students

You may take up to three foundations courses if you have an undergraduate degree (as evidenced by an official transcript from an accredited institution); a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0; and a minimum of one year full-time, post-baccalaureate work experience (as evidenced by a current résumé).

As a pre-qualified student, you may not take advanced courses. Pre-qualified status does not guarantee future admission.

Conditional Admission

You may request conditional admittance into the School of Business, Government, and Economics under these conditions:

  • You are a student who needs an F-1 visa to study in the United States.
  • You have graduated from an accredited four-year institution. Your transcript must show completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • You have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA on the US 4.0 scale.
  • You have a minimum of at least one year, continuous full-time, post-bachelor’s degree experience at the time of application. You will be required to submit a résumé with job titles, duties, start date and end date (month and year), Internships and job training are not accepted as full-time employment.

If approved, you will receive a Conditional Letter of Admission from SPU. Conditional admission assures that you will be considered for admission, if you satisfy all admission requirements at the time of your intended enrollment.

Please complete this form to request conditional admission to a graduate program in the SPU School of Business, Government, and Economics.

Visiting Graduate Students

If you have been admitted to a graduate degree program in another accredited institution, you may enroll for up to 9 credits at Seattle Pacific University — with the approval of the School of Business, Government, and Economics.

To gain admission as a visiting graduate student, you must submit:

  • Online application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Letter from the dean’s office at your home institution stating that you are in good standing at that institution.
  • Current résumé.
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International Applicants

International students are an important part of Seattle Pacific University. A vibrant and active international population, SPU’s international graduate students represent 32 different countries.


In addition to general admission requirements, international students must also submit:

All official transcripts must be submitted in English. International applicants are responsible for all costs associated with this service, including transcript(s) order and/or delivery fees (official transcripts must be sent directly from the school or translation evaluation service in a sealed envelope).


For other questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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