The use of information as an asset is fast becoming an essential business strategy. Core knowledge in management, finance and accounting are critical, but recent technological advances are challenging leaders to add a new skill set to their teams—the ability to capture data, organize it, analyze it and use it to make better business decisions in the context of specific functional areas. The MSA degree is designed to teach these critical skills and develop professional business analysts prepared to assist organizations in developing and sustaining a unique competitive advantage.
Yes, all programs offered by the Villanova School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the professional accrediting body for business schools.
You can start the online MSA in the fall or spring semester.
The online MSA is a part-time program designed for working professionals.
The MSA can be completed in five semesters (24 months). Students follow a prescribed matriculation path in order to complete the degree in this time period.
No, the MSA is only offered in an online format.
No. The MSA degree will be offered entirely online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous class sessions. Small classes will allow faculty to individually support each student and help foster personal connections among peers.
The MSA program is designed to provide flexibility to busy working professionals while letting students stay fully engaged with faculty and their classmates. Courses are primarily delivered in an asynchronous environment using a combination of tools such as recorded presentations, discussion forums, and interactive case studies to let students learn according to their own schedule. However, select synchronous elements including online discussion sessions (all recorded so you can watch them on your own schedule) and virtual office hours are also incorporated into each course.
To fulfill the requirements of the MSA curriculum, candidates must complete 36 credits.
No, the online MSA does not accept any transfer credits.
No, courses cannot be waived based on undergraduate coursework.
The ideal MSA candidate has a technical, quantitative background that has been demonstrated in a professional and/or academic environment. Particular emphasis during the admissions process will be placed on performance in courses such as Statistics, Research Analysis and Business Intelligence. Responsibilities in roles which require data analysis, data mining, statistical analysis and interpretation are indicators of preparedness for success in Villanova’s MSA program.
Prospective students will be required to complete an online application, inclusive of two essays and a professional resume, and submit two letters of recommendation and an official transcript from each institution attended. The GMAT or GRE is optional, but strongly recommended for individuals with a non-technical background or an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0. In addition, international applicants must submit a TOEFL score and a transcript evaluation and participate in an admissions interview.
Fall Semester: 6/30
Spring Semester: 11/15
Yes. All students must have completed an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (with a minimum grade of B) prior to matriculation into the MSA program.
The GMAT or GRE is not required for admission into the program. However, under the following circumstances the GMAT or GRE is strongly recommended:
There are a select number of merit-based scholarships available. In order to qualify, a candidate must have taken the GMAT or GRE. There is an additional request form to fill out, which can be found on the Application Process page.
Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $1200 per credit. In addition, the university assesses a general fee each semester. Financial aid in the form of student loans is available.