The Master of Science in Analytics teaches students the skills that drive business success in today’s data-driven world.The Master of Science in Analytics teaches students the skills that drive business success in today’s data-driven world. read more

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Analytics program at Northwestern University is housed within the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, a top 5 department in the nation, and McCormick School of Engineering. Our full-time, 15-month, professional master's degree immerses students in a comprehensive and applied curriculum exploring the underlying data engineering, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and business of analytics. Supplemented by an internship and industry-supplied projects, graduates will be exceptionally well equipped to harness and communicate the full value of data to the organizations they serve. 

Program Goals

Upon graduation, our students have acquired the necessary skills to:

  • Identify and assess the opportunities, needs, and constraints of data usage within an organizational context.
  • Integrate data engineering and data science to maximize the value of data.
  • Develop and deploy machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions to advance the goals and needs of the client
  • Design innovative and creative data analytics solutions.
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively to a variety of audiences.
  • Lead analytics teams and projects.

Our Curriculum

Tailored Coursework

The Master of Science in Analytics curriculum spans 15 months, including a required summer internship, and two industry-supplied projects. Exclusive and tailored to our program needs, the Master of Science in Analytics rigorous course curriculum is set and covers three major areas of analytics: predictive, prescriptive, and descriptive. Coursework in statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, optimization, databases, and data engineering form the core of our curriculum. 

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Industry Collaboration

MSiA students engage in two applied projects sourced directly from industry. Working under the guidance of business and technical advisers, small teams of students provide effective and efficient solutions for industry clients while crafting demonstrable evidence of their advanced analytics skills. In the first three quarters of the program, students participate in 8-month Practicum projects. After returning from their summer internship, in the fifth and final quarter of the program, students participate in 10-week Capstone projects designed to showcase the skills aquired and developed in the program.

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The Cohort Experience

Students in the Master of Science in Analytics program move through the set curriculum as a cohort. The program limits enrollment to about 40 students; the small cohort size ensures that students receive a high degree of individualized instruction and attention. In addition, a small cohort helps our students form a tightly-knit community, fostering relationships that transcend the academic setting and strengthen our alumni network. 

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Career Development

Beyond their tailored coursework, practicum project, and capstone project, students actively engage in career development. Our students have a reputation for excellence as demonstrated by their career and internship placements. While the internship and job search are student-led, they are supported by the program. Insutry networking nights in the fall and winter connect students with recruiters eager to staff intership and job opportunities. Additionally, student have full access to career resources through the McCormick School of Enginnering and Northwestern Career Advancement. 

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Our Faculty

Faculty for the Master of Science in Analytics program are drawn from several schools and departments, as well as experts from the industry:

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Our Students and Alumni

To foster a close-knit community on campus and an engaged alumni network after graduation, our program enrolls a small cohort of about 40 each year. Our students come from a variety of levels of experience and academic background. We have found that this diversity within the cohort has strengthened personal ties and equipped teams for engaging in real industry-supplied projects. 

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Candidates for admission into the Master of Science in Analytics program hail from worldwide and from a diversity of academic and professional backgrounds. Our application for admission is available between September 1st and January 15th. 

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Diversity and Inclusion

The Master of Science in Analytics program strives to foster an environment that values diversity and inclusion of all people. Applicants with diverse cultural backgrounds, especially those from historically underrepresented groups, are encouraged to apply. For more information on Northwestern University's dedication to diversity and inclusion, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion