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Affordable Business Analytics Master's Degree for North Carolinians

The online Master of Science in Business Analytics program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is an affordable option for North Carolina residents who want to earn an advanced degree. With jobs for analytics professionals projected to grow by 14 percent in the next decade, graduates of our program are well-positioned to take advantage of the growing demand for qualified professionals in this field.

In-state tuition and fees for this 100-percent-online program at UNCW is $15,210.60. When you look at the cost of a full-time, on-campus program or other online programs, it's evident that UNCW offers an unparalleled value for North Carolinians considering a master's degree in business analytics. This online M.S. in Business Analytics program can be completed in as few as 12 months, and GMAT or GRE scores are not required, so you are able to start in short order.

Cost Factors in Choosing the Program

One of the most daunting obstacles to getting an advanced degree is the tuition. That's not hard to understand when you compare the costs at many universities to our online, in-state tuition. Depending on the university, tuition for a full-time master's degree program can skyrocket to more than $60,000 for in-state students and more than $70,000 for out-of-state or international students. Tuition costs at private institutions have increased by 54 percent over the past 10 years, and 62 percent at public colleges over the same period, according to Forbes.

The rising tuition costs for full-time master's programs are among the main reasons a growing number of students are choosing to take advantage of more affordable online programs. In addition, the vast majority of people seeking an advanced degree are also working full-time jobs and juggling other responsibilities. Not only are they interested in the convenience of an online master's program, they also require it.

Students who choose to work toward a master's degree often opt for a field with the greatest career opportunity. Business analytics is experiencing substantial growth and opportunity potential, which is predicted to increase in the future. Data and the analysis of data is becoming more and more important for all business decisions.

Strong Career Opportunity

It is estimated that by 2020 more than 2.7 million professional data-related jobs could go unfilled, according to IBM. In addition, 48 percent of business leaders surveyed globally said it is particularly challenging to find and retain employees who understand computer analytics. Forbes notes that available jobs in data science and analytics remain open an average of 45 days. That is five days longer than the market average.

Individuals interested in working toward their master's degree have more options today than ever before. Almost every university offers an online advanced degree program. The game-changer is often tuition costs, which can vary considerably. The online M.S. in Business Analytics program at UNCW is an affordable, convenient option for North Carolina residents.

Learn more about UNCW's online M.S. in Business Analytics program.


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