MSiA at Northwestern University
The Masters of Science in Analytics program is a full-time 15 month professional master’s degree. We immerse students in a comprehensive and applied curriculum exploring the underlying data science, information technology and business of analytics.
Approximately half of the courses will be taught by tenured members of faculty from the top-five ranked Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences. To supplement them, the Master of Science in Analytics draws on the powerful resources of Northwestern University to bring in instructors from other schools and departments such as the Kellogg School of Management, the Integrated Marketing Communications program at the Medill School of Journalism and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The faculty will be supplemented by industry experts working at the edge of analytics today in major corporations, who can provide their direct insight into the applications of analytics in the marketplace.
Industry Touch Points:
Summer internships, the practicum and the capstone course allow students to gain work experience and explore career opportunities with three different companies while earning their degree. Program participants will also have full access to Northwestern University’s extensive career placement resources.
|Eight Month Practicum Project:||Right from their first quarter in the program, students engage in real industry projects. Working in small teams, students will be given access to data and an organization which is seeking to make better use of its data. Students will be expected to scope the problem, cleanse and analyze the data before delivering a final report and recommendations in the spring quarter.|
|Summer Internship:||Each student will spend three months contributing to an actual project team, choosing from a variety of industries. The faculty works closely with companies throughout the United States to find internships that fit the educational needs and interests of each student.|
|Capstone Design Project:||During their final quarter, students will work in teams on to develop a business solution to a current real-world problem provided by a US company. Teams will communicate directly with the company, and defend their reasoning and recommendations. Students will be evaluated on how well they integrate the total course material. This provides practical experience in using data, both structured and unstructured, to create algorithms and business models just as they do in corporate environments.|
Small Cohort Size:
The Master of Science in Analytics will admit only a small number of students each fall quarter. While this will undoubtedly mean that admission will be highly selective, it will also mean we can give appropriate attention to those who are admitted. We are aiming to foster a collaborative atmosphere within the program and believe that a small cohort of exceptionally talented and strongly motivated students will best enable us to achieve this.
The Master of Science in Analytics degree from the McCormick School of Applied Science at Northwestern University is uniquely suited for students who wish to prepare themselves fully for the demands of the 21st century job market in data analysis.
Our incoming students have bachelor's degrees in engineering, business, computer science, math, information technology, and a number of other academic disciplines. No specific undergraduate degree is required, but a background in one of the above areas is encouraged. Applicants with work experience are encouraged to apply but should note that the Master of Science in Analytics is a full-time 15 month commitment, which will make it impossible to continue working while a student in the program.
- 3.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work
- Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate education attempted.
- $50 application fee payable in US funds.
- Three letters of recommendation that attest to the candidate's work performance and management potential.
- We require a TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants who have not had English as their primary language of instruction.
- GMAT or GRE scores are suggested, but not required.
Please review our application materials page for a full list of required documents.
Application for entry into the 2014-15 cohort will open on: September 16. 2013.
All application materials (including your letters of recommendation, transcripts, current resume, and fee) must be submitted to the MSiA office no later than: February 15, 2014.
You can register your interest in applying and not only will we let you know when the next information sessions are scheduled, we will keep you up to date with developments in the program.
If you have any questions concerning our application requirements or process please visit our FAQ page.