Our comprehensive curriculum provides a broad perspective, teaching the skills necessary to solve business challenges effectively.Our comprehensive curriculum provides a broad perspective, teaching the skills necessary to solve business challenges effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about our program. Please also see our Admissions section for information on how to apply and application requirements.

Student Background

What is the student profile for MSiA?

Please view our Meet our Students section to learn more about our typical student profile and to view profiles of our current students and alumni.

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

If you are admitted, the program hosts a two-week bootcamp where we have industry partners from SAS, SPSS, Cognos, Tableau, and others come to campus for daylong instructional sessions. You are not required to have a mastery of these programs prior to entering the program.

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Additional Questions

Can I visit campus?

We are unable to accommodate on-campus visits during admissions season. However, you are welcome to visit and take a general tour of the Northwestern campus (provided by the undergraduate admissions office). The program hosts one on-campus information session for prospective students in November each admissions season. If you do not make it to the November session, you will have the opportunity to visit campus and sit in on courses after admissions decisions are sent out.

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. This is a full-time, 15-month intensive program that has practicum, internship, and capstone requirements.

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

The MSiA program is full time for 15 months (including a required summer industry-focused internship). There are no online courses or part-time options available for this particular intensive program. Northwestern does, however, offer a Master’s in Predictive Analytics through the School of Professional Studies, which can be completed online while working. You can find more information on that program here.

Is MSiA 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.

I have more questions about MSiA or about my application. Whom 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 at 847-467-6750.