Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
Degree: Master of Science in Analytics
School: McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Description: Curriculum explores data science, information technology and business analytics. Combines mathematical and statistical study with instruction in advanced computation and data analysis. Students learn to identify patterns and trends, interpret and gain insight from vast quantities of structured and unstructured data, and communicate their findings.
Encompasses three areas of data analysis: predictive (forecasting), descriptive (business intelligence and data mining), and prescriptive (optimization and simulation). Program is supplemented by an internship placement and industry supplied projects.
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degrees in engineering, business, computer science, math and information technology are typical, though no specific type of undergraduate degree is required. GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended.
Full-time program: 15 months.
Part-time options: Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies also offers a part-time Master of Science in Predictive Analytics Online program.
Distance learning options: Yes. See part-time, online Predictive Analytics degree above.