Master of Science (M.S.) in Data Analytics

About the Program

Our master’s in data analytics degree is an online program you can complete in as little as 15 months. It will prepare you for the fastest-growing jobs in data science and analytics. NIU is the only school in Illinois to offer an M.S. in data analytics in a 100% online format with AACSB accreditation, which affirms you’ll receive a data analytics education that meets the highest standard for business schools worldwide.

Your coursework will be based on the latest trends and best practices in the field. By focusing on real-world learning experiences, you’ll develop the ability to extract insights from big data and apply them in a range of settings.

Program Mode of Delivery

The coursework for this program is 100% online.


The Master of Science in Data Analytics program consists of two phases. Phase One courses are designed to address deficiencies in undergraduate coursework considered to be prerequisite for Phase Two (30 credits) graduate coursework. Students with significant undergraduate coursework in business may be waived from some, or all, of the Phase One requirements.

Phase Two consists of 10 courses. Five courses are required from big data analytics (15 credits), three courses are required from business and visual communication (nine credits), one course is required from statistics (three credits) and one course is required from programming (three credits).

Information about specific course requirements can be found on the M.S. in Data Analytics website.

Career Opportunities

  • Data scientist/data analyst
  • Data mining analyst
  • Data engineer
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Business/management analyst
  • System analyst
  • IT project manager
  • Cyber/information security engineer/analyst
  • Software developer/engineer
  • Market research analyst
  • Marketing/sales manager

Applying to the Program

Start your application now with the NIU Graduate School.


Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online master's degree
College: College of Business, Department of Operations Management and Information Systems
Credits Required: 30 credits 
Tuition per Credit: $909.75 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Summer  April 1
Fall August 15
Spring  December 4


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