Online Master's in Data Analytics and Data Science Programs in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, there are currently seven schools offering ten online master’s in analytics programs: DePaul University; Elmhurst College; Illinois Institute of Technology; Lewis University; Lewis University Online; Northwestern University; and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Based on how OnlineEducation.com classifies master’s degrees in the field of analytics, four schools offer online master’s in data analytics programs, four schools offer online master’s in data science programs, and two schools offer online master’s in business intelligence programs. All of these programs are 100% online and do not require any campus visits.

The College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul University offers a Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program, as well as a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program with a concentration in Business Intelligence. Both programs can be completed in 21 months by students who enroll full-time, and as many as 39 months by students who enroll part-time. Both programs utilize asynchronous online instruction. DePaul University accepts students into the program four times a year, in the fall, winter, spring, and summer.

The Illinois Institute of Technology, through its College of Science, offers a Master of Computer Science (MCS) with a Specialization in Data Analytics that has a data analytics focus, and a Master of Data Science (MDS). Both programs are designed to be completed in about two years by students who enroll part-time. Both programs utilize asynchronous instruction. The online master’s in data analytics program admits students three times a year, in the fall, spring, and summer. The online master’s in data science program has two annual start dates, in the fall and in the spring.

Elmhurst College offers a Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) degree program that utilizes asynchronous instruction. The curriculum includes an applied data-mining project, and the program can be completed in two-years of part-time enrollment. Elmhurst College’s master’s in data science program admits new students in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

The College of Business at Lewis University offers an online Master of Science in Business Analytics degree that has three concentration options: Marketing Analytics; Healthcare Analytics; and Operations Analytics. This is an online master’s in data analytics program that can be completed in 15 months by students who take two courses per eight-week session. Students also have the option of taking just one course per session on a part-time basis. Lewis University uses a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction, which means that most but not all lectures and course materials are available on-demand to online students; however, some classes may include scheduled real-time sessions. The program accepts new applicants on a rolling basis, five times a year.

Lewis University Online offers an online Master of Science in Data Science degree with two concentration options: Computer Science, and Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. The data science curriculum includes a final project or a master’s thesis option, and can be completed in two years of part-time enrollment by students who take one or two courses per eight-week term. The program utilizes asynchronous instruction and has multiple starts dates each year.

Northwestern University offers two online master’s in data science programs: a Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program, and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program with a Data Science specialization. The MSDS program has a general data science curriculum and four optional specializations: Analytics and Modeling; Artificial Intelligence; Data Engineering; and Analytics Management. The MSIS program’s Data Science specialization features general information systems coursework as well as courses in core data science topics like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning. Both programs utilize asynchronous instruction and are designed to be completed in two-to-three years of part-time enrollment. The master’s in data science programs offered by Northwestern University have four start dates per year, in the fall, winter, spring, and summer.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Computer Science (CS@Illinois) offers an online Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) degree program. This program utilizes asynchronous instruction, and includes a capstone project in Data Mining or Cloud Computing. Full-time students can complete the program in one year; part-time students have up to five years to finish the requirements. CS@Illinois admits students to its online MCS-DS each fall.

While students from Illinois have several in-state options, there are also 64 out-of-state schools offering 78 master’s in analytics programs that accept applicants from Illinois. This gives students a lot of options to ensure that they find a program that will best suit their needs and professional goals. Of these schools, 52 have programs that are 100% online. The remaining 12 schools offer programs that require limited campus visits (no more than two per year). Several schools charge the same tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state online students. However, prospective applicants should contact the programs directly to confirm out-of-state tuition costs.

Online Data Analytics and Data Science Programs in Illinois

School Fully Online Instruction* Programs
DePaul University Yes Data Science (MS in Data Science), Business Intelligence (MS in Information Systems)
Elmhurst College Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Illinois Institute of Technology Yes Analytics (Master of Computer Science (MSC)), Data Science (Master of Data Science)
Lewis University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Lewis University Online Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Northwestern University Yes Data Science (Master's in Information Systems, Master of Science in Data Science)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Yes Data Science (Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS))

Online Data Analytics and Data Science Programs that Accept Students from Illinois

School Fully Online Instruction* Programs
American University No Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
Arizona State University No Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Austin Peay State University Yes Analytics (MS in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods, Professional Science Masters in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods)
Bay Path University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Applied Data Science)
Bellevue University Yes Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Boston University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (MS in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS))
Brandeis University Yes Analytics (Online Master of Science in Strategic Analytics)
Carnegie Mellon University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT))
Central Connecticut State University No Analytics (Master of Science in Data Mining)
Clarkson University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
Creighton University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (Master of Science in Analytics)
CUNY School of Professional Studies Yes Analytics, Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Dakota State University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
Davenport University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
George Mason University Yes Analytics, Data Science (Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering)
Georgia Southern University No Data Science (Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS))
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
Indiana University No Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Indiana University Bloomington Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Iowa State University No Analytics (Master of Business Analytics)
Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Government Analytics)
Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Kent State University Yes Data Science (Master of Digital Sciences)
Maryville University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Data Analytics), Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
National University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics & Master of Science in Health & Life Science Analytics)
New Jersey Institute of Technology Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS))
Northeastern University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics and Master of Professional Studies in Analytics)
Notre Dame of Maryland University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
Oklahoma State University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics), Data Science (Master of Science in Management Information Systems)
Oregon State University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
The Pennsylvania State University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics)
Purdue University - Purdue Polytechnic Institute Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Information Technology)
Quinnipiac University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Regis University Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Rutgers University Yes Analytics (Master of Information)
Saint Joseph's University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics)
Saint Louis University Yes Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Master of Science in Applied Analytics)
Saint Mary's College No Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Yes Analytics (Master’s in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics)
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
Southern Methodist University No Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Southern New Hampshire University Yes Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics, Master of Science in Data Analytics)
Stevens Institute of Technology Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Science (Master of Science Business Intelligence & Analytics)
Syracuse University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Texas A&M University No Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
The University of Alabama Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Marketing, Master of Science in Operations Management (MSOM))
University of California, Berkeley No Data Science (Master of Information and Data Science)
University of California, Riverside Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Engineering)
University of Colorado Boulder Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Computer Science)
University of Colorado Denver Yes Business Intelligence (Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS))
The University of Kansas Edwards Campus Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Analytics)
University of Maryland University College Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
University of Michigan Yes Data Science (Master of Applied Data Science)
University of Michigan - Dearborn Yes Data Science (Masters in Computer and Information Science)
University of Missouri No Analytics (Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics)
The University of Oklahoma Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics)
University of Southern California Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Computer Science)
The University of Texas at Dallas Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Information Technology and Management)
University of Wisconsin - Extension Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
University of Wisconsin - Madison Yes Analytics (Master of Engineering)
Utica College Yes Analytics, Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Villanova University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
West Virginia University No Analytics (MS in Business Data Analytics)
Western Governors University Yes Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Data Management/Data Analytics, Master of Science Data Analytics)

*Programs with fully online instruction do not require students to visit the campus during the program. Programs marked “No” require students to visit the campus two or fewer times per year for on-campus orientations or intensive sessions.