Northwestern University(Data Science Program)

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Northwestern’s online MSPA program was launched in 2011. It covers areas like data mining, predictive modeling, and advanced statistics, but also works to help students hone business-focused skills like project management and communication, with the aim of preparing students to lead business initiatives based on data analysis. MSPA students will complete eleven courses overall: 7 required courses, 2 electives, a leadership course, and a thesis or capstone project.Northwestern’s on-campus MSiA program was first offered in 2012, and combines math and statistical studies with advanced IT and data analysis. In addition to these courses, students are also required to complete:8-Month Industry Practicum: Team of students must analyze data supplied by a client and deliver a final report with recommendations in the spring quarter. Summer Internship: Each student spends three months in a professional setting, either solo or embedded with a working project team. Capstone Design Project: During their final quarter, students work in teams to develop business solutions to a current problem provided by a U.S. company.


Degree Name Master of Science in Analytics
Duration 15 months, full-time
Start Date Each Fall Quarter (September)
Course Structure
  • Sequenced curriculum
  • 4 required core courses per quarter
  • Industry-supplied projects
Class Size Approximately 40 students per cohort
Program Features
  • 8-month practicum project
  • 3-month summer internship
  • 10-week capstone design project
Location Evanston campus
Cost Tuition and funding information
Application opens September 1
Application deadline Scholarship Priority Deadline: December 1

Regular Decision Deadline: January 15


The Master of Science in Analytics program is housed within the department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at the McCormick School of Engineering. We are a full-time, 15-month professional master's degree with an applied data science curriculum. 

Many programs focus on just one aspect of analytics, producing graduates who are trained primarily in either modeling or data mining. Our program takes a broader, more comprehensive approach to analytics education. Coursework includes advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques in addition to traditional applied statistical approaches. Students learn to think critically about matching techniques and programming solutions to business problems within an organizational context. To ground our curriculum in practical data science, our faculty use case studies of real-world analytics problems to foster discussion and refine mathematical, computing, and operational skills.

The Master of Science in Analytics program at Northwestern University features study in all three areas of analytics: predictive, prescriptive, and descriptive. Industry access, including a practicum project, capstone project, and a required data science internship, allow students to immediately implement their new skills. The full-time, small cohort helps to foster a tight-knit community where students are able to share their strengths and build meaningful connections. Our customized curriculum taught by tenured faculty from the McCormick School of Engineering, the Kellogg School of Management, and the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications combines data engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, and business. 


The Master of Science in Analytics program strives to foster an environment that values diversity and inclusion of all people. For more information on Northwestern University's dedication to diversity and inclusion, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

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