Big Data Analytics Master's Degrees: 20 Top Programs
January 08, 2013 09:06 AM These one-year and two-year graduate programs are just what's needed to close the big-data talent gap. Read on to find a school that fits your ambitions and background.
North Carolina State University
Degree: Master of Science In Analytics
School: Institute for Advanced Analytics
Description: Established in 2007, this 10-month program is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the tools, methods, applications and practice of advanced analytics. The goal is to provide an education that is directly applicable to a career in industry rather than to provide a prelude to a PhD.
Topics include data mining, text mining, forecasting, optimization, databases, data visualization, data privacy and security, financial analytics, and customer analytics, as well as communication and teamwork skills. Team projects are based on analytical problems using real data from sponsoring organizations.
Prerequisites: Past academic studies in mathematics, statistics, engineering, science, computer programming, business and economics are relevant prerequisites. About half of applicants have prior graduate education, including MS, MBA and PhD degrees. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree and have a proven track record of strong academic performance. Prospective students who have not majored (or minored) in mathematics or statistics will need to have successfully completed prerequisites in these subjects to be admitted.
Full-time program: 10 months.
Part-time options: No
Distance learning options: No