Learn to use big data to form and implement effective strategies in a management role. Northern Illinois University’s online, AACSB-accredited Master of Science (M.S.) in Data Analytics program prepares you to analyze and visualize complex data, solve problems and communicate your findings and rationale to others.
At graduation, you’ll receive a joint Data Analytics Certification from NIU and SAS, a leader in data analytics software, and qualify to sit for two industry certification exams:
- Data Science and Big Data Analytics Certification exam — earn the Dell EMC certificate.
- SAS Base Programmer Certification exam — earn the SAS certificate.
With the help of industry-experienced faculty, you’ll learn to integrate advanced business knowledge with machine learning, statistics and data visualization. Gain hands-on experience in the latest software and technologies used in managing big data, and graduate ready to immediately apply your new skills.
- Credits Required: 30 credit hours.
- Cost Per Credit Hour: $870 per credit hour.
- Time to Completion: Full-time students can complete their degree in as little as one year.
- Program Modality: All courses are taught 100 percent online.
- Certifications: Graduates of the MSDA program will also receive a joint Data Analytics Certification by NIU and SAS, a leader in data analytics software.
Graduate ready to pursue positions including:
- Financial Analyst: $84,300 median annual salary (2017).
- Market Research Analyst: $62,230 median annual salary (2017).
- Marketing Manager: $129,380 median annual salary (2017).
- Management Analyst: $82,450 median annual salary (2017).
- Sales Manager: $121,060 median annual salary (2017).
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3 Bureau of Labor Statistics (April 13, 2018). Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers. Retrieved Feb. 4, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/advertising-promotions-and-marketing-managers.htm
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
AACSB International (AACSB)
School Accreditation & Licensing
Northern Illinois University is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV, Recommendation/Reference Letter(s)