Most incoming students have a BA in engineering, business, computer science, math, or information technology.Most incoming students have a BA in engineering, business, computer science, math, or information technology.

Admissions
Frequently Asked Questions: Admissions

Information on the admissions process can be found here, while specific information on application materials can be found here. Below are frequently asked questions about admissions for the Master of Science in Analytics program at Northwestern University.

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Admissions process

How do I apply to the Master of Science in Analytics program?

The application for admission into the Class of 2020 opens September 1, 2018. Detailed information on application materials can be found on the Application Materials page. In addition, the online application includes detailed instructions.  

Log into the Online Application System

When are applications due?

  • Scholarship Priority Deadline: December 1, 2018, 11:59PM CST

  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 15, 2019, 11:59PM CST

Applications submitted and completed by the Scholarship Priority Deadline are likely to receive the fullest consideration for scholarship funding as part of the application review process. Applications submitted and completed by the Regular Deadline will be considered for second-round scholarship funding, as available. 

When are decisions made?

All admissions decisions will be announced by mid-March.

Unfortunately, the admissions review committee is unable to update individuals on their admission decision outside of the online application system. To view your decision status, please see instructions in the online application. All candidates who have submitted and completed an application will receive notification once the admission decisions have been announced.

Is admission to the Master of Science in Analytics rolling?

We do not evaluate applications on a rolling admissions basis. The application for each cohort opens September 1st and closes on January 15th. The admissions review committee will evaluate each candidate and notify applicants of their decisions no later than mid-March.

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application materials

Is the GRE or GMAT required to apply to the MSiA program?

The Master of Science in Analytics accepts either GRE or GMAT scores. 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.

GRE and/or GMAT scores can be no more than 5 years old from the date of matriculation (September 24, 2019). For the current admissions cycle, exam scores should be from no earlier than September 24, 2014. 

The Master of Science in Analytics program does not offer GRE or GMAT waivers. All applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores. 

More information on GRE and GMAT

What is the average GRE/GMAT score for students admitted to MSiA?

MSiA does not have a GRE or GMAT score requirement. Historically, promising candidates have typically ranked high in both verbal and quantitative reasoning. This being said, the admissions review committee assesses each application holistically, taking into account all materials including transcripts, letters of recommendation, the personal statement, as well as the GRE or GMAT score report. 

What is the ETS code for the GRE or gmat?

If you have already submitted your GRE or GMAT score via the online application system, you do not need to send an official score report during the application process. However, if you choose to send official scores as well, please use the ETS code 3672 for the GRE; for the GMAT, use the code 6WZTL36. If you submit your score using the "Northwestern University" code, we will not receive your score at our office.

Are TOEFL/IELTS scores required upon applying to MSiA?

MSiA requires TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants who have not had English as their primary language of instruction (we require proof of instruction in English from international universities). Our Institutional code for TOEFL is 3144 and our minimum score considered is 95 for TOEFL; for the IELTS, 7.5.

International candidates who currently or will hold a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report. 

More info on TOEFL and IELTS

Do I need to provide an official transcript?

During the initial admissions process, candidates do not need to submit official transcripts. Official transcripts delivered by sealed envelope or in secure electronic form are required prior to matriculation.

More info on transcript requirements

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International Candidates

Do I need to demonstrate 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 submit TOEFL or IELTS score reports. 

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I am an international student who attended a 3-year university. Will my 3-year undergraduate degree be accepted?

Yes. We understand that many international universities operate on a 3-year educational timeline, and we will accept 3-year bachelor's degrees from any accredited institution.

Is MSiA considered a STEM program?

MSiA is based in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and is therefore considered a STEM program. MSiA does qualify international students for OPT extension.

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Student Background

Am I required to know all of the systems used in this program before classes begin?

Students entering the program are not required to have a mastery of all the systems used during the program prior to their arrival. The program hosts a 2-week bootcamp and orientation to help build a foundation for the systems used during the 15-month curriculum. Candidates applying for admission do not need to have formal training in any programming languages, however, our most successful applicants have demonstrated aptituted for programming and statistical tools. 

CAN I APPLY TO THE MSIA PROGRAM IF I DON'T HAVE A DEGREE IN Data science?

We consider applicants from a wide range of academic disciplines and interests; applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please note that candidates are expected to have a strong quantitative and IT background before entering the program. 

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Additional Questions

 

Is it possible to pursue a dual degree at Northwestern with MSiA?

It is not currently possible to pursue a dual degree with the MSiA program.

Can I apply for Spring enrollment in MSiA?

Our 15-month curriculum begins each fall and spans 5 academic quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer (required internship, no courses, no tuition), and a second Fall quarter. Because of our set curriculum and cohort-style enrollment, our program enrolls students each Fall quarter only.

Does MSiA offer deferment or conditional enrollment?

MSiA does not offer formal deferment or conditional enrollment.

Can I continue to work and take classes part time or online?

The Master of Science in Analytics program is a full-time, on-campus, day program. We do not have online or part-time options available.

Students in the Master of Science in Analytics program are unable to work while enrolled in the program or apply for research and teaching assistant positions. The program is full-time and requires that students be available to work on their practicum projects, capstone projects, course work, as well as commit to attending career development and networking events.

 

I have more questions about MSiA or about my application. Who do I contact?

For any additional questions you have as a prospective student, please email MSiA. You may also call us during our office hours (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.) at 847-467-6750.