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McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

Quick Overview

Day 1 CPT Program

MS Data Analytics

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Annual Tuition : $10,335

History and Accreditation

McDaniel College, located in Westminster, Maryland, near Baltimore and Washington D.C., spans 160 acres. Founded in 1867, it is a historic, culturally rich, four-year, non-profit liberal arts college. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, McDaniel is nationally recognized for higher education. With nearly 3,000 students, 58% undergraduates and 42% graduates, it has been ranked by US News as the number one value university in the North of the United States. Known for its affordable tuition, renowned education quality, and practical academic programs, McDaniel College is considered one of the most powerful and transformative higher education institutions in the U.S., making significant contributions to comprehensive liberal arts education for all students. McDaniel College holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, authorized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

  • Academic Policy
  • CPT Policy
  • Onsite Policy
  • Tuition and Scholarship
  • Vacation Policy

Academic Policy

  • The McDaniel College MS in Data Analytics program spans two academic years, divided into three semesters each year (Fall, Spring, and Summer), with an option to take a semester off.
  • Students enroll in 2 courses per semester, and the coursework is delivered through a blended learning approach.

CPT Policy

MD Hybrid FormatMcDaniel College's Official Statement on Mandatory Internships and CPT
  • For the MSBA program, all courses require students to actively participate in experiential internships (CPT). F1 students must enroll in a 0-credit experiential internship course each semester, co-designed by the student and a mentor, tailored to the student's academic and professional goals.
  • CPT Application Process: Students must complete a CPT application form, submit an Offer Letter and Job Description, and have the employer sign a CPT agreement. Once completed and signed, the documents are sent to the Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor for approval and signature.
  • CPT authorization is granted for a maximum of one academic year at a time. Upon expiration, students must submit a CPT renewal form or reapply for the program.


Onsite Policy

  • In-person weekend classes once per semester (Friday to Sunday). Remaining coursework conducted online.
  • Location: Westminster, Maryland – convenient for travel.
    • Proximity to major cities: under 40 minutes to Baltimore, 70 minutes to Washington D.C., 3.5 hours to New York City.
    • Close to Baltimore International Airport (40 minutes) for easy national travel.

Tuition and Scholarship




Total tuition fees (including CPT)

Average annual tuition

MS Data Analytics






Non-Tuition Fees:

  • Administrative Fee: $105 per semester.
  • Residency Fee for in-person weekend classes (mandatory for international students): $204.
  • Practicum Fee (excluding CPT costs): $200.


*Note: Tuition fees include CPT costs; no additional payment required for CPT!


Currently, there are no scholarships available for international students. Those interested should verify directly with the university.

Vacation Policy

  • Students have the option to take a semester off during the program and can utilize full-time CPT during this break.

Day 1 CPT Program

  • MS Data Analytics (STEM)

    • Requires completion of 30 credits;

    • Students typically enroll in 6 credits (two courses) per semester, completing the program in 5 semesters.

    • There is an option to take a semester off, averaging a total duration of 24 months to complete the program, which provides more opportunities for the H1B visa lottery.

Program Description
The MS in Data Analytics program, offered in a hybrid format, emphasizes practical application and critical thinking, integrating skills from the arts and humanities. It supports F1 students in starting Curricular Practical Training (CPT) immediately. The program, STEM-certified, allows for 12 months of OPT and a 24-month extension.
* Please Note: Full-time CPT exceeding 12 months during the program may disqualify students from OPT eligibility.
Core Courses
  • ANA 500 - Foundations of Data Analytics
  • ANA 505 - Data Mining: Algorithms and Applications
  • ANA 510 - Statistical Methods for Data Science and Analytics
  • ANA 515 - Fundamentals of Data Storage, Cleaning and Retrieval
  • ANA 522 - Fundamentals of Programming in Python
  • ANA 525 - Qualitative Methods
  • ANA 530 - Quantitative Reporting and Modeling
  • ANA 535 - Forecasting and Proscriptive Methods
  • ANA 540 - Advanced Data Analytics
Elective Courses

Additionally, students must choose one of the following two courses:

  • ANA 544 - Independent Study in Data Analytics
  • ANA 555 - Practicum in Applied Analytics, Data Communication & Ethics


Click here to view the MSDA program course schedule and descriptions.

Enrollment Window


  Program Start Date Application Deadline
2024 Spring 01/16/2024 01/09/2024
2024 Summer May, 2024 April, 2024


* If you miss this deadline, please contact us. As the official recruitment agent of McDaniel College, we can assist in expediting your application process within 2 days.

Enrollment Requirement:

  • A Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Strong mathematical skills, including completed coursework in statistics. Having studied calculus is a significant plus.
  • English Proficiency Scores
    • TOEFL 79+ ,
    • IELTS 6.5+, or
    • Duolingo 110+.
* Contact us for assistance in waiving the language requirement.
Application Guide

How to waive the application fee and apply for the guaranteed scholarship?


1. Start the Application: Fill out the form below.

  • Receive the online application form and the application package (including language requirements, recommendation letters, and GMAT/GRE waiver).


2. Upload personal application information, including: 

  • All academic transcripts (transcripts from overseas institutions require WES or ECE certification)
  • Personal resume
  • One professional or academic letter of recommendation (recommended)
  • Statement of Purpose for the application (recommended)
  • Proof of financial resources - $25,000


It usually takes 5 business day to receive the result after submitting the application. If you’re in emergency, please contact us. We will assist with expediting the application and students will receive the result and transfer SEVIS in as little as 1-3 days.


3. After receiving the admissions letter, please contact us to confirm the time in which SEVIS will be transferred out to McDaniel College.

Register and Secure Your Scholarship Now!