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January, April, June, September

2 year(s) full-time


Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Degree overview

  • Fast-track your data science career with industry-recognised qualifications in just two years. 
  • Learn how to collect, manage, and convert raw data into usable information. 
  • Explore data visualisation tools as well as programs and techniques for data acquisition and cleaning. 
  • Build a solid foundation in database design, R statistical software and cloud platforms. 
  • Learn how to select and implement the appropriate data structures and algorithms to develop software and solve problems. 
  • Explore the ethics of data collection and what it is to be a data analytics professional.  
  • Study courses co-developed with industry.  



Jump-start your data analytics career with industry-recognised qualifications in just two years. In this associate degree, you’ll gain foundational skills in programming, data mining and visualisation, database administration, and cloud computing to take your place in the growing data analytics industry.  

Develop critical skills in problem solving, mathematics and statistics and learn the tools available to collate, manipulate, analyse and visualise data. You’ll also have the opportunity to study courses co-developed with industry, put theory into practice within simulated work environments, and explore real world case studies.  

Take full control over your study with this 100% online Associate Degree in Data Analytics designed specifically for online learning. Access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.  

Study with a university ranked top 10 in Australia for graduate skills in IT1 and graduate with the qualification and skills to step into a data analytics career with confidence. 

1Ranked #8, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Computing and Information Systems – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Associate Degree in Data Analytics will give you critical skills to prepare you for a career working with data, as a data engineer, data architect, or data analyst. You’ll learn how to collect, manage, and convert raw data into usable information so that it can be interpreted and evaluated to help any organisation thrive. 

You’ll learn the historical contexts of computing, including hardware structure, operating systems, and basic programming concepts, as well as the fundamentals of IT. You’ll use the latest tools and techniques for data acquisition and data cleaning, learn how to create dynamic websites that query databases to retrieve information, and how to select data and the appropriate algorithms to generate insights from data.  

Sometimes how you learn to study is as important as what you study. In your first term, the Critical Approaches to Online Learning course will help you prepare for university success and further study. You’ll choose a data analytics topic to investigate and then learn how to summarise academic articles, critically analyse texts, generate ideas, interpret data, write a report, demonstrate academic integrity and reference sources of information. We’ll also introduce you to the many digital tools available to help you succeed in study. Already uni ready? You’ll have the option to choose an elective instead. 

All UniSA Online degrees take a practical, hands-on approach to learning. You’ll explore real world examples of cases relevant to the industry and develop skills relevant to data analytics professional practice.

Explore the degree structure section below to find out more about what you’ll learn in each individual course.  

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports.

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year
Elective 1
, Note(s): 1

Study Data Analytics on Demand

UniSA Online Student Adviser, Lucy, gives an insight into what the Associate Degree in Data Analytics is about, and which in-demand technical skills you can expect to master during your studies.

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Why Associate Degree in Data Analytics

Why this Degree

This degree helps you get industry-recognised qualifications, fast.

The National Skills Commission lists data analytics as 1 of 25 emerging occupations, with demand growing 492% in just four years.1

With an associate degree, you’ll have the chance to quickly transition to a new data analytics career or advance if you’re already working in the sector. You’ll also be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Data Analytics, with up to 72 units of credit. This means you could gain a bachelor degree with just one more year of study.

UniSA delivers world-class research in Information Technology2 and Computing and Information Systems3 and is home to world-leading research centres including the Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments.

What does this mean for you?

You’ll learn from the best of the best, with UniSA academics integrating research discoveries into your course curriculum. You’ll also learn using the latest technology and software so you can hit the ground running when you graduate.

1 National Skills Commission, Emerging Occupations Report, Australian Government 2020,
2 Results in Information and Computing Sciences -2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
3 Results in Distributed Computing and Information Systems -2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Career outcomes


Your career

This is a broad and generalist data analytics associate degree that will allow you to take your career in several different directions.  

Big data is on the rise, and the sheer volume of data being collected is not showing any signs of slowing. Data analysts who can extract, translate, visualise, and communicate information are in high demand, with data analysts earning around $92,000 a year on average.1  

The Associate Degree in Data Analytics from UniSA Online will help you gain access to entry level, data-based positions in almost every industry sector, such as:

  • data engineer 
  • data analyst 
  • data scientist 
  • business data strategist 
  • data architect 
  • data visualisation specialist 
  • reporting analyst.

You’ll also be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Data Analytics, with up to 72 units of credit. This means you could achieve a bachelor degree with just one more year of study.

1 Data analyst salary in Australia, Indeed, December 2022,

Your study experience and support

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • Study 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Choose from four start dates in January, April, June and September
  • Learn in 10-week blocks
  • Get support seven days a week - including on weeknights
  • Access learning resources 24/7
  • View course content before your term starts
  • Work while you study
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • Fast-track your studies and receive credit for past study and/or work experience.

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked as the number one university in Australia for graduate employability.1 Join a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA Online degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career or take it to the next level.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

1 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey, 2020-22 – Employability Skills Indicator. Public universities.

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment. You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Microsoft Edge, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to LinkedIn Learning - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Microsoft Teams, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility

    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to continue your application, save it for later or request a call back from a Degree Adviser if you have any questions.

  2. Gather your relevant documents

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to log in to your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents

    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

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