MSA Curriculum

The MSA program comprises a number of modules, designed and delivered in a flexible, integrated manner that attempts to present the right material at the right time while creating a seamless ‘learning narrative’ for students.

While not an exhaustive list of topics covered, the following constitutes the main body of training delivered during the program:

Professional Skills for Analytics

  • Analytical and Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Consultative Problem Solving
  • Communications Skills

Quantitative Foundations for Analytics

  • Computational Probability and Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Research Methods

Data Management and Exploratory Data Analytics

  • Data Programming (using SQL, R, Excel/VBA, and SAS)
  • Data Management
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Data Visualization (using Excel, Tableau, and R)
  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Sourcing Public and Commercially Available Data

Analytical Methods

  • Decision Models
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Data Mining/Machine Learning
  • Time Series Analysis/Forecasting
  • Text Analytics
  • Optimization Methods
  • Simulation Modeling
  • Geospatial Analytics
  • Graph and Network Analysis

Analytical Applications

  • Marketing and Customer Analytics
  • Web and Social Media Analytics
  • Financial/Risk Analytics

In additional to core modules, a number of guest lectures from industry and academic partners serve to integrate the material and illustrate how analytical capabilities are currently being harnessed within sophisticated organizations.


In addition to offering the MSA degree, the Institute for Advanced Analytics is an internal consulting arm of Bellarmine University, as well as a thought partner for numerous local organizations. Accordingly, a final integrating component of the MSA curriculum will have the students complete a consultative analytical project for either the university or another of the university’s thought partners. While the primary purpose of this exercise is pedagogical, the opportunity exists to make a meaningful contribution to an organization’s operations.


While the evenings-and-weekends program format of the MSA is not conducive to an internship forming part of the core curriculum, in cases where students may have the flexibility to take on full-time employment during the program, the IAA will work with individuals to identify possible opportunities for placement.