MSiA admit a small number of students each year to ensure that all receive focused attention in a collaborative atmosphere.    MSiA admit a small number of students each year to ensure that all receive focused attention in a collaborative atmosphere.

Admissions
Application Materials

Admissions application requirements are subject to change. Detailed and final admissions application requirements can be found within the application itself. Below is general information on application requirements based on past admissions seasons. All application materials must be submitted by the chosen deadline in order to be considered complete and on time. 

Please note that all questions about applying to the Master of Science in Analytics program should be directed to our program staff: analytics@northwestern.edu 

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Letters of Recommendation

The admissions review committee requires candidates to acquire three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be submitted by professional and/or academic supervisors. We suggest but do not require a balance between professional and academic letters of recommendation depending on the amount of time since the completion of your undergraduate degree. Detailed instructions on how to submit letters of recommendation are provided in the online application.

Candidates may use this guide as reference, however these guidelines are a suggestion rather than a requirement. 

Years Since Completing Undergraduate Degree Academic Professional
0 3 0
1-3 2 1
3-5 1 2
5+ 0 3

Recommenders are asked to Discuss the following:

  • How they know the candidate and why they are qualified to assess the candidate's suitability for the program.
  • Distinctive qualities and/or examples which highlight the candidate's suitability for the program.
  • A point of comparison for the candidate against others who were/are in similar circumstances.

All materials including three letters of recommendation must be submitted in order for your application to be considered complete and on-time. Candidates are responsible for making sure their recommenders submit letters on their behalf by the chosen deadline. The admissions review committee is unable to accept updated materials after the chosen deadline.

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Personal Statement

The personal statement is a central component of your application and provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your motivations, aptitude, and creativity. Some examples of questions we've asked in the past are:

  • Why are you interested in analytics? Furthermore, why are you applying to the Master of Science in Analytics program at Northwestern University?
  • What skills or abilities do you hope to strengthen during your time in the program?
  • Describe a trend that will influence analytics over the next 5 years?
  • What are your career goals after graduating from the Master of Science in Analytics program at Northwestern University?

Please be aware that personal statement questions are subject to change. See this year's application for the final questions. 

All materials including the personal statement must be submitted by the chose deadline in order for your application to be considered complete and on-time. The admissions review committee is unable to accept updated materials after the chosen deadline.

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Scholarship Statement

The MSiA program awards a small number of scholarships each year. A portion of our scholarships are reserved for applicants committed to the mission of increasing diversity, representation, and inclusion in STEM and greater society. Applicants with diverse cultural backgrounds, especially those from historically underrepresented groups, are encouraged to apply. In addition, all applicants will be considered for our general scholarship.

An optional essay question regarding scholarship is included within the application. While all applicants will be considered for scholarship funding, we strongly encourage you to complete the Scholarship Statement. You may also consider completing your application by our Scholarship Priority Deadline of December 1. 

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Transcripts And GPA Requirement

The minimum acceptable cumulative GPA for undergraduate work is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All candidates must have earned an undergraduate degree by the expected date of matriculation. Undergraduate or bachelor's degrees may be from accredited 4-year or 3-year universities, both domestic and international.

GPA on a 4.0 scale is preferred but not required. If available, please be sure to include institutional grading scale with your unofficial transcript(s). Via the online application system, candidates are required to submit an electronic copy of unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including degrees currently in progress, study abroad credit, and transferred credits. Please combine multiple transcripts into one file prior to uploading to the application. During the initial admissions process, candidates do not need to submit official transcripts to the program.

Unofficial transcripts must be legible e-transcripts or scanned copies. Transcripts in a language other than English must be submitted in original format as well as with a certified translation, preferably from the issuing institution. If the institution does not provide certified translations of transcripts, please obtain an English translation from a certified translation agency such as the American Translators Association or University Language Services. If admitted, you will be required to obtain and submit a certified WES Evaluation

All materials including unofficial transcripts must be submitted by the chosen deadline in order for your application to be considered complete and on-time. The admissions review committee is unable to accept updated materials after the chosen deadline.

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Prerequisites

We recommend that all applicants have a strong quantitative background and IT/programming skills, or a demonstrated aptitude for both, prior to applying for admission. This being said, we do not have prerequisites for admission into the program and encourage prospective students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to apply.

For applicants who did not receive intensive training in these areas during their previous academic study, we suggest (but do not require) taking courses in these subjects through local colleges or MOOCs to gain additional knowledge.

Please be sure to include information about any additional courses in programming or quantitative subjects when submitting your application. You can do so by combining all additional materials into one file and uploading it as a single PDF to the supplementary materials section. Additional details are included in the application. 

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GRE and GMAT

The Master of Science in Analytics accepts either GRE or GMAT scores. There is no minimum score requirement and preference is not given to one exam over the other. Via the online application system, candidates are required to submit an electronic copy of unofficial GRE or GMAT exam score reports. During the initial admissions process, candidates do not need to submit official GRE or GMAT score reports. Official score reports delivered by sealed envelope or in secure electronic form are required prior to matriculation.

GRE and/or GMAT scores can be no more than 5 years old from the date of matriculation.

Please combine multiple score reports into one PDF prior to uploading to the online application. The admissions review committee will take into account all submitted scores. 

Official score reports can be submitted to the program using these MSiA-specific institution codes:

  • GRE code: 3672
  • GMAT code: 6WZTL36

Scores sent to any other institution code (i.e. other programs or to Northwestern University in general) will not be received by the Master of Science in Analytics. Candidates who send official score reports should still upload unofficial score reports to the online application.

All materials including unofficial score reports must be submitted by the chosen deadline in order for your application to be considered complete and on-time. The admissions review committee is unable to accept updated materials after the chosen deadline.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Candidates who are facing challenges in relation to taking the GRE or GMAT exams due to the COVID19 pandemic will be asked to fill out a GRE/GMAT waiver form. This form will be available within the application and should be submitted in place of a GRE/GMAT score report.

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English Proficiency

International candidates who will not or do not hold a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS. If you hold a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, you have met the English proficiency requirement. 

The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 95 (Internet-based test) and for the IELTS, 7.5. Test scores must be less than two years old at the date of matriculation (September 2021).

COVID-19 UPDATE: MSiA will accept the submission of TOEFL test scores through their at-home testing service to meet this requirement. 

Candidates are required to upload legible digital or scanned copies of unofficial score reports to the online application system. During the initial admissions process, candidates do not need to submit official TOEFL or IELTS score reports. Official score reports delivered by sealed envelope or in secure electronic form are required prior to matriculation. An official score report can be submitted to the program using the MSiA TOEFL institution code 3144

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Resume or CV

Via the online application system, candidates are required to submit an updated resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Please provide all relevant professional and/or academic experience including relevant coursework if applicable.

There is no page limit or requirement for the resume or CV. 

All materials including resume/cv must be submitted by the chosen deadline in order for your application to be considered complete and on-time. The admissions review committee is unable to accept updated materials after the chosen deadline.

Candidate Video

The candidate video is optional but strongly encouraged. Because the Master of Science in Analytics program at Northwestern University is a small-cohort program, students must work together in a collaborative manner. Your candidate video should allow the admissions review committee to gain a better understanding of your personality, work style, and leadership capabilities. You can speak about your candidacy in a more general sense or go into specifics. 

Themes to consider as you put together a video:

  • Motivations for considering a degree in analytics
  • Career goals and how our program will help you achieve those goals
  • Approach to analytics problems, leadership, or learning.
  • Interests and areas of passion

Requirements for videos:

  • The video must feature only the candidate and not a representative speaking on the candidate’s behalf.
  • Candidate videos must be submitted as an upload to the online application. The admissions review committee will not accept videos submitted via email or external link (e.g. via other video hosting sites).
  • Videos should be no more than 2 minutes long. The video file MUST be either MP4 using the H264 codec or WebM, no greater than 320px wide or tall, and smaller than 10MB.

The candidate video is optional, however, the admissions review committee is unable to accept late submissions. All materials including the candidate video must be submitted by the chosen deadline in order to be considered by the admissions review committee. The admissions review committee is unable to accept updated materials after the chosen deadline.

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Supplementary Materials

The admissions review committee will consider all related coursework, including online or non-degree coursework. If you have supplemented your education via certification, please be sure to include this in your application. 

Supplementary materials such as certificates or course descriptions are optional and can be uploaded directly to the online application system. Please combine all materials into one PDF prior to uploading. 

Supplementary materials are optional, however, the admissions review committee is unable to accept late submissions. All materials including supplementary materials must be submitted by the chosen deadline in order to be considered by the admissions review committee. The admissions review committee is unable to accept updated materials after the chosen deadline.

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Application Fee Waiver for Veterans

The Master of Science in Analytics program will waive the application fee for US veterans and active duty military. Please indicate that you are a veteran (or will be) in your application, and include your proof of status (ie. a DD-214, a current military ID card, a copy of your orders, AARTS, SMARTS) in the supplementary materials section of the application. Before submitting your application, write to us at analytics@northwestern.edu to receive this waiver. To be sure that your fee waiver is processed and your application status is "complete" on time, please make your request at least one week before your chosen deadline. 

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