Our program takes a broad approach to analytics, complementing each course with case studies, team projects, and guest speakers.Our program takes a broad approach to analytics, complementing each course with case studies, team projects, and guest speakers.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Analytics program is a full-time, on-campus program. Students in our program move through the coursework together as a cohort. The program spans five consecutive quarters, starting with a first fall quarter and ending with a second fall quarter. The first three quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring) are spent on campus taking required courses and working on an overarching practicum project in collaboration with fellow cohort members. During the 4th quarter (Summer) students spend a minimum of 10 weeks, fulfilling an internship within the industry. There is no tuition charged during this quarter. Finally, during the 5th quarter, the second fall quarter, Masters students will work on a capstone project, attend the last of their required course work, as well as attend an elective course of their choosing. 

The general timeline for classes and project work is shown below.

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Purple highlight = Professional Practicum
(spans first three quarters concurrent with main curriculum)

Yellow highlight = Capstone Project concurrent with main curriculum

Fall Quarter (first)

Industry Practicum (MSiA 489)

Under the guidance of business and technical advisers, students work in small teams to integrate coursework into an industry-supplied project.

Everything Starts with Data (MSiA 400)

A gateway course covering basic analytics concepts through projects and success stories.

Introduction to Databases & Information Retrieval (MSiA 413)

Data models and database design; SQL, distributed databases, and information retrieval.

Predictive Analytics I (MSiA 401)

Multiple regression, logistic regression, discriminant analysis, generalized linear models, and survival analysis.

Introduction to Java & Python Programming (MSiA 422)

Object oriented programming, data structures, and algorithms.


Winter Quarter

Industry Practicum (MSiA 489)

Under the guidance of business and technical advisers, students work in small teams to integrate coursework into an industry supplied projects.

Analytical Consulting Project Leadership (MSiA 410)

Presenting, proposal writing, business etiquette, and consulting practices.

Data Visualization (MSiA 411)

Visualization principles, scorecards, dashboards, interacting with graphics, story telling, and D3.

Data Mining (MSiA 421)

Clustering (k-means, partitioning), association rules, factor analysis, scale development, survival analysis, principal components analysis, and dimension reduction.

Predictive Analytics II (MSiA 420)

Non-parametric regression and classification, time series, and statistical process control.

 


Spring Quarter

Industry Practicum (MSiA 489)

Under the guidance of business and technical advisers, students work in small teams to integrate coursework into an industry supplied projects.

 

Analytics Value Chain (MSiA 423)

A/B testing, design of experiments, and production-ready data science solutions.

Analytics for Big Data (MSiA 431)

With emphasis on Hadoop, unstructured data concepts (key-value), MapReduce technology, and analytics for big data.

Introduction to Data Management for Business Intelligence (MSiA 430)

Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), dimensional modeling, and data streaming.

Deep Learning (MSiA 432)

Deep learning models (generative and discriminative), CNN, RNN, and back propagation.


Summer Quarter

Internship

Students spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the employment of an industry collaborator.


Fall Quarter (Second)

Capstone Design Project (MSiA 499)

In this culminating project, students draw on the breadth and depth of the curriculum to address an industry supplied problem.

Business Value from Analytics in the Digital Age (MSiA 412)

Identifying appropriate analytics projects, ROI, and building an analytics organization.

Text Analytics (MSiA 414)

Text analytics preprocessing, document clustering, retrieval, sentiment analysis, POST, and name entity recognition (NER).

Elective 

Choose from (examples): Healthcare Analytics, Predictive Models for Credit Risk Management, Optimization & Heuristics, or Social Networks Analysis.