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Data Analytics and Information Systems

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The master of science in data analytics and information systems (MSDAIS) program offers full-time students the ability to graduate in three full semesters and working professionals the flexibility to enroll part-time. Evening classes are offered face-to-face and via a technology-enhanced delivery format at both the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses.

The MSDAIS degree provides the skills required to manage and analyze data for data-driven decision-making.

All McCoy College degree programs are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accounting degree programs also hold separate accreditation by AACSB.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jaymeen Shah
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 404

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Diego Vacaflores
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 530

“The demand for data analysts and data scientists is real, and the need to keep pace with the ever-evolving competitive landscape will only continue to fuel the demand for specialists in this field.”

— Mr. Dennis Strong, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, McCoy’s Building Supply

Course Work

The 30-hour curriculum consists of core courses that provide a blend of analytical and information technology skills that include: data visualization; predictive, prescriptive, and descriptive analytics; machine learning; database management; data warehousing; scientific computing; and query languages. Students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option and may utilize an internship as an elective.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 30 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. 30 Thesis No minor
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Texas State Round Rock Campus
This entire program can be completed in Round Rock or San Marcos, though more electives are offered at the San Marcos Campus.

  Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Graduates of this program will be capable of transforming organizational data into actionable information using data analytics and information systems skills.

Program Mission

The mission of the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (CISQM) is to provide optimal education opportunities to students wanting to pursue professional careers in information systems, information technology, and decision sciences.

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Program Faculty

The Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods faculty is a dedicated group of educators whose collective goal is to prepare students for successful careers in one of the fastest-growing job segments today: information technology and analytics. Using hands-on projects, student interaction, and targeted lectures, faculty provide students with the knowledge and skillsets sought by employers. CISQM faculty have significant expertise in their fields; interact frequently with industry leaders to bring practice into the classroom; publish their research in peer-reviewed journals; and present research at national and international conferences.

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Career Options

The MSDAIS program provides conceptual knowledge and hands-on experience in analytics and information systems. Students will learn the relevant skills essential for positions such as data analyst, business intelligence analyst, and data analytics manager. The thesis option is designed to prepare students to conduct independent research and pursue doctoral degrees.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 1 June 1
Spring October 1 October 1
Summer I No admission No admission
Summer II No admission No admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  Review important information about the online application.

Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • a competitive GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GMAT or GRE Scores

  • official GMAT or GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores

For potential test waiver information, please visit the McCoy College of Business GMAT/GRE Waiver website.

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  • responses to specific essay questions (two essays are required):
    1. Why have you chosen to pursue a graduate business degree at Texas State University? What do you hope to accomplish during your time in the program?
    2. Tell us about your three most significant accomplishments. Why do you view them as such? What lessons did you learn from them?
    3. optional personal statement: in cover-letter format, you may address the admissions committee about anything related to your background, application, and/or desire to attend graduate school at Texas State University
  • resume/CV detailing work experience, extracurricular and community activities, and honors and achievements
  • three letters of recommendation from individuals best able to assess your ability to succeed in graduate school

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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