Master of Data Analytics & Applications

Make Data-Driven Decisions with CAPS

Data is an essential component of many industries, and creating meaningful insights from the information pulled from that data can lead to better processes and outcomes. If a professional is looking to advance their career in this field, the Master of Data Analytics & Applications will provide the knowledge base and expertise they need to construct data systems that improve efficiencies and profit margins for organizations.

Offered in collaboration between the McKelvey School of Engineering’s Sever Institute and the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS), this flexible online program will help working professionals acquire the skills they need to advance in a data-driven environment.

In this program, modern learners will acquire relevant and practical knowledge of the data analytics and applications field, improve critical thinking and communication skills, and develop the leadership acumen needed to be successful in demanding senior management roles.

Program Highlights
  • Application submission to enrollment decision in 1 day.
  • An inaugural class hand-picked by CAPS Dean Sean Armstrong and his team.
  • WashU McKelvey School of Engineering and Sever Institute faculty.
  • Comprehensive financial assistance options.
  • A fully online program designed to be part-time for working professionals.
  • Corporate partnership and hands-on experience are part of the program.

Fully Online Program

In this program, busy professionals receive a world-class, online experience in a flexible time frame, meeting their professional goals and personal lifestyles.

Who Should Apply?

  • Experienced pros who wish to pursue advanced skills in data systems and management.
  • Professionals working in information technology who wish to increase their skills in data analytics and applications.
  • Modern learners seeking to make a career transition into the data analytics and applications fields.

Prerequisites: Ideal candidates will have proficiency in statistics and programming. Bridge courses are available for students who need to acquire this background.

Admission Requirements
Transferring Credit

A maximum of six units of related, comparable graduate-level course work may be transferred from another university or from a related graduate program at Washington University with the approval of the program director. These must be graduate-level units not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Transfer credit may be granted only for authorized courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher. 

Baccalaureate Degree

Qualified applicants should have completed previous undergraduate course work in mathematics and obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

Application Requirements
Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • Summer: April 30
  • Fall: July 31
  • Spring: December 31
Completed Application Form

The online application is available on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

Official Transcripts From All Previous College Work

Transcripts are required from each institution that you have attended and taken courses, received your bachelor’s degree, taken post-graduate courses, or where a higher-level degree was conferred.  Official transcripts must be sent directly from the school’s registrar to CAPS.  Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to  For transcript questions, please email

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form

Personal Essay

Applicants will be required to write a two-page essay describing their interests and goals by addressing the following topics:

  • Why are you applying to Master of Data Analytics and Applications online degree?
  • What are your goals, both academic and professional?
  • What additional information should we know about you when considering your application?
Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be completed by a college instructor. If an instructor cannot be contacted, a recommendation from a professional associate may be used in its place. Letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed by the recommender.

International students interested in undergraduate programs must hold a visa that permits part-time study (including F-2 and J-2 visas).  Students holding  F-1 visas are not eligible for these programs.  Students holding a B-2 visa may be eligible if the coursework is recreational or avocational in nature.

Enrolling in School of Continuing & Professional Studies

We are here for you every step. Getting started at CAPS is easy.

1. Meet with a Recruiter
2. Start Your Application
  • Applying is easy, and our advisors are here to help you find the path that fits your needs. Apply Today!
3. Plan Ahead

Take a course today. Apply later.

At CAPS, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know CAPS, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.

Course Work


  • Foundations of Mathematics for Data Analytics & Applications
  • Foundations of Programming for Data Analytics & Applications

Math and Programming Proficiency

Proficiency in 1) introductory statistics and linear algebra and 2) basic programming is required for admittance into the program. There are two introductory bridge courses covering these subject areas. Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA or better in introductory statistics and linear algebra and a programming course can have the two bridge courses waived.


  • Enterprise Data Management
  • Analytics Applications
  • Applied Data Analytics for Practitioners
  • Data Engineering Foundations of Data Analytics
  • Data Visualization and Storytelling
  • Introduction to Relational Databases and SQL Programming
  • Applied Machine Learning


Choose from options such as:

  • Applied Natural Language Processing
  • Applications of Deep Neural Networks
  • Applied Simulation Modeling
  • Architectural Data Analytics Applications
  • Special Topics in Data Analytics and Applications
  • Applied Research Study

Student Success Navigators

Every CAPS student is paired with a Student Success Navigator at the time of admission to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced Student Success Navigator;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Student Success Navigators are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Still have questions?

Program Director:
Saeed Akbani

Academic Advisor:
Elizabeth Fogt