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Associate in Data Analytics Online

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Register By: May 01 Classes Start: May 03

Earn your AS in Data Analytics:

  • $320/credit (60 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 45 credits toward your associate degree
  • Apply all 60 credits toward BS in Data Analytics program
  • Learn high-demand skills employers seek
  • Get transfer credits for what you already know
  • Participate in events like the Teradata competition

Associate in Data Analytics Online Overview

Get your foot in the door of a fast-growing field with the online Associate of Science (AS) in Data Analytics degree program from Southern New Hampshire University.

Big Data is a huge part of business today. But how do you break into the field? SNHU's data analytics associate degree program can provide the foundational knowledge you need to help launch or continue your career.

This 60-credit program is perfect for those looking to understand the basics of data analytics. It can also provide a seamless pathway to a bachelor's – as all 60 credits may be transferred to our BS in Data Analytics program.

Credits can also be applied to one of our many STEM degrees. Choose from a variety of full programs and concentration areas such as business management, cyber security, project management and software development.

As an online SNHU student, you'll also have access to a number of valuable learning and networking experiences, including:

  • Teradata University Data Challenge. Compete alongside fellow students. Interpret datasets and submit projects that solve real-world problems.
  • Grace Hopper Celebration. Join thousands of students, academics, industry experts and employers for the world's largest gathering of women technologists.
  • ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. Celebrate, connect and be inspired by students, faculty, researchers and professionals representing all backgrounds and ethnicities.

Plus, if you have some college experience already, we'll accept up to 45 credits toward your associate program – saving you time and tuition.

Learn how to:

  • Solve organizational problems through data and communicate your findings to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Apply data analytics standards and policies to meet the security, storage and privacy standards of organizations
  • Use quantitative and qualitative data analytics methods to respond to business challenges

Career Outlook

With an increasing number of executive leaders turning to data to better manage their organizations, there are several different directions a professional with data analytics skills can go.

Dr. Susan McKenzie with the text Dr. Susan McKenzie"The AS in Data Analytics allows students to gain a solid understanding of the methods for diagnosing organizational problems, gathering requirements and collecting data," said Dr. Susan McKenzie, associate dean of STEM programs at SNHU.

These skills, McKenzie notes, are valuable for many different roles in many different environments.

"By understanding current use of data analytics in different industries, you'll be prepared to communicate to all parts of an organization," McKenzie said. "These skills aid in how data analysis impacts organizational decision making."

While many employers say they require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for a data analytics job, an associate degree can position you for many entry-level roles jobs in data – especially if, at the same time, you’re also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in data analytics. You may find junior roles for jobs like:

  • Business analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Data technician
  • Operations analyst

That said, if you're looking to position yourself for a higher-level role, the AS in Data Analytics can provide a strong pathway to a bachelor's degree in a variety of STEM areas.

If you'd like to continue on and earn an advanced degree, you can take advantage of our master's degrees in data analytics online, in addition to many other online master's programs.

An advanced degree in data analytics can help prepare you for a number of different roles and industries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, notes that the top industries for operations research analysts in 20191 were:

  • Finance and insurance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Management of companies and enterprises
  • Manufacturing
  • Federal government

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Data Analytics Degree

Courses & Curriculum

"In the data analytics associate program, you'll gain an understanding of the various technical areas of data analysis as well as the industries in which it is used," said Dr. Susan McKenzie, associate dean of STEM programs.

You'll explore critical IT and data analytics concepts with courses that cover:

  • The role of data analytics in organizations
  • Gathering requirements and collecting data
  • Data policy and decision making
  • Emerging technologies and Big Data
  • Data validation and how to get the right data

In addition, all major courses and general education requirements are transferable to the BS in Data Analytics program – giving you a seamless pathway to achieve your educational goals.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education courses: All online associate degree students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.

Earn Credits for What You Already Know

  • Earn transfer credits for IT certifications and credentials: If you've earned IT certifications through organizations like Cisco, CompTIA, (ISC)2, Oracle or Thinkful, you may be eligible to receive credit toward your degree program. Or If you’re seeking certification, some IT and computer science courses can help you prepare for specific exams.
  • Earn credits for work and life experience: Did you know certain work and life experience - like industry-recognized certifications, law enforcement training and math knowledge - could save you time and money at SNHU? Learn how you could get credit for work or life experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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