Northeastern University offers two online master’s degrees in the field of analytics: an online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA); and a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Analytics. OnlineEducation.com classifies both of these degrees as master’s in data analytics programs, based on their curricula. The MSBA program is offered through the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and includes a marketing analytics track. Students typically graduate from this program in 18-24 months, but the program can be completed in one year if students attend full-time. The MPS in Analytics program is offered through Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies, and includes an experiential learning course and capstone project. Students who enroll in the MPS program full-time can graduate in one year; part-time students generally graduate in two years. Both of these programs are 100% online and do not require any campus visits.
The online degree programs offered by Northeastern University utilize NU Online, a learning management system (LMS) that supports asynchronous instruction. Lectures and other course materials are delivered to students through the LMS, and are accessible on-demand, 24-7. Interaction with instructors and other students takes place on discussion boards and via email, and assignments are submitted through the LMS. While students are not required to log in at particular times during the week, they must complete coursework within a structured timeframe.
The curriculum for the online MSBA degree is built on a core of six courses that address key topics in business analytics: Introduction to Business Analytics; Foundation of Data Analysis; Business Analytics Techniques and Methods; Information Design and Management; Applied Business Analytics; and Information Visualization for Business. Students must also complete a business analytics capstone project, and take three marketing courses to reach the 30 credits required for graduation. The marketing curriculum includes: Introduction to Marketing; Research and Consumer Behavior; and Modeling Analytics and Strategy.
The MPS in Analytics curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to explore the applications of analytics tools and technologies across a broad spectrum of businesses and organizations. It includes eight core courses: Introduction to Analytics; Probability Theory and Statistics; Predictive Analytics; Data Warehousing and SQL; Data Mining; Enterprise Analytics; Decision Support and Business Intelligence; and Communication and Visualization of Data. Students must also complete an experiential learning course and capstone project, which count toward six of the 45 credits required for graduation. They can then take five additional electives in subject areas like: Enterprise Information Architecture; Data-Driven Decision Making; Information Systems Design and Development; Risk Management for Analytics; and Leadership in Analytics.
Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The D’Amore-McKim School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).