Northeastern’s MPS in Analytics Curriculum

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Northeastern’s Master of Professional Studies in Analytics program gives students the skills they need to succeed in today’s data-driven world. Developed by experienced thought leaders from across the analytics industry, the program incorporates a range of employer-sponsored projects, from data extraction to the translation and implementation of data analysis.

Our program is interwoven with rigorous academics and experiential learning opportunities that provide you with professional work experiences across various industries, including financial technology, healthcare, biotechnology, business, and pharma. 

The analytics program at Northeastern will strengthen your knowledge of the latest analytics technologies, applications, and practices that are reshaping today’s businesses. Graduates from the program will be able to confidently:  

  • Create a portfolio that demonstrates the competencies mastered and key projects completed.
  • Gather and interpret big data.
  • Gain a strong foundation of a core analytical skillset to build upon more technical skillset or industry-specific applications.
  • Develop a working relationship with industry leaders and other analytic professionals that’ll help them now and in the future.
  • Choose from several flexible programming options led by faculty experts and industry guest speakers.
  • Contribute and lead the way for the future direction of data analytics.

Data is increasingly shaping the world, and there is a growing demand for people with this skillset. Below, we provide you with a comprehensive look at how our program helps you make your mark anywhere.

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Core Analytics Courses for the Digital World

In the MPS program, students must complete six core analytics classes. Each core course is designed to broaden and deepen your understanding of analytics to prepare you for a successful career. The required courses include:

  1. Database Management Systems
  2. Introduction to Analytics 
  3. Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics
  4. Intermediate Analytics
  5. Introduction to Enterprise Analytics
  6. Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics

You’ll benefit from small class sizes, collaborating with renowned faculty members, and working with leading companies from around the world. A cumulative 3.0 GPA and 45 total quarter hours are required to complete the program. 

Analytics Specializations

Northeastern’s MPS students choose one of three specialization tracks that prepare them to work in an in-demand role within the industry. 

These concentrations include: 

  • Applied Machine Intelligence
  • Evidence-Based Management
  • Statistical Modeling

Analytics Electives to Help Set You Apart

Northeastern’s master’s in analytics curriculum offers an array of elective courses to help you shape a unique learning experience. Some popular electives include:

  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Mining Applications
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Leadership in Analytics
  • Risk Management for Analytics
  • Data Management and Big Data

Students take a minimum of two electives that help broaden their knowledge and explore different career interests.

Analytics Capstone Projects

The capstone practicum is critical to the MPS experience and provides a high-level analytical application of real-world data. You’ll partner with a local organization to solve an analytics problem integral to the company’s operation. The MPS capstone bridges theory and practice, giving you the real-world skills you need to succeed. At the end of the project, you’ll present your analytical insights and recommendations to successfully implement your project.

Experiential Learning in Analytics

Experience is at the heart of our analytics master’s program. Powered by our signature co-op program, experiential learning enables you to explore your interests, find your passion, and acquire the skills and knowledge you need for future success. 

We combine rigorous academics with immersive, authentic experiences to allow and encourage an in-depth, applied understanding. Our distinctive approach to education empowers you to take the insights you learn in the classroom and apply them to the real world through a co-op. You can then apply the knowledge you acquire while on co-op back to the classroom—creating a continuous learning cycle.

While an internship gives you an initial taste of a job, the fully immersive co-op experience allows you to take on true responsibility and make a real impact on a company or organization. You’ll gain up to 12 months of professional work experience. And, each co-op experience helps you become a nimble employee, solve real-world problems, and grow in ways you never imagined. Experience-based learning prepares you to confidently step outside the classroom’s comfort zone and into the real world—ready to engage and ready to chart your path.

The unique options that help you gain invaluable experience include:

  • Experiential Network (XN): Work with sponsors on short-term projects in an authentic business environment.
  • Experiential learning at work: Develop customized project plans with your employer to gain the right experience.
  • In-class case studies: Emulate real-world examples and exercises related to your field.

No matter which direction your academic journey takes you, you’ll receive endless support. From co-op and academic advisors to the entire Northeastern community, you’ll get the guidance and support you need to blaze your trail. As your goals and passions evolve, your advisors will help you adjust your learning path to match your growing interests. 

Learn More: Watch our webinar to learn more about Northeastern’s experiential learning model.

The Future You Want Starts Here

In today’s increasingly technology-driven environment, the ability to manage and analyze large volumes of data is critical to growth, innovation, and productivity in every field. 

From finding cures for cancer to plotting more efficient service delivery routes, industries need people with curiosity, creativity, knowledge, and skills to analyze and model complex datasets and draw actionable insights.

Enter Northeastern’s Master of Professional Studies in Analytics, a program aligned with industry trends. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, we’ll provide you with the experiences and support you need to advance your career. For information on specific program courses, including electives and specializations, explore the course catalog or request more information. To learn more about the steps to advance your analytics career, download our free guide below. 

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Editor’s note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. The official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.