Online Master of Science in Data Analytics

Harness Big Data to Develop Powerful Strategies

  • 100% online
  • AACSB-accredited
  • 30–36 credit hours; $26,760–$32,112 estimated tuition
  • Graduate in 12 months full-time or 2.5 years part-time

Every day, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created.1 With Northern Illinois University's (NIU) Master of Science in Data Analytics (M.S.D.A.), you learn to use the latest technology to analyze that data and apply your insights to everyday business decisions — helping you stand out as a business leader.

This program is designed for the Tech Age, giving you the flexibility to balance your career and family commitments and study either part-time or full-time. In as few as 12 months, you can complete the 10 required courses and earn the NIU-SAS joint certification credential.

We are the only school in Illinois that offers a 100-percent online M.S.D.A. degree accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business). This accreditation is the highest standard for business schools worldwide.

Data Scientist ranked the No. 1 job in America by Glassdoor.

Program Highlights

  • 100% Full-Time M.S.D.A. Faculty. Work alongside full-time instructors and professors through courses in Business Data Visualization, Text Mining Applications, Big Data Analytics for Business, Supply Chain Data Analytics and more.
  • Small Class Sizes. Receive individual support in classes capped at 30 students.
  • SAS Data Analytics Certification. Earn a joint NIU and SAS certification, the most recognized credential in data analytics.
  • Hands-On Software Experience. Use the latest big-data technology, such as Hadoop, Python, SAP Predict Analytics, SAS, Tableau and more.
  • OM&IS Advisory Board. Benefit from a curriculum that goes beyond traditional ideas of data collection. This program was shaped with input from professionals at AbbVie, BearingPoint, Caterpillar, ClearPrism, Ernst & Young, Lenovo, Salesforce and more.
  • Internationally Recognized. NIU's College of Business Department of Operations Management is internationally recognized by Businessweek.

Curriculum: Fuse Business With Data Analysis

Push the boundaries of your learning with industry best practices, the latest data analytics expertise, and a curriculum that fuses skills in business, programming, statistics and big data. 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 deep insights from big data and apply them to a range of contexts and industries.

Our faculty are active researchers and expert teachers. They’ll expose you to Hadoop, SAS, R, Python, SQL, SAP Predictive Analytics, Tableau and other cutting-edge technologies.

Career Outlook: Prepare for the Nation's No. 1 Job

Find career opportunities in a wide array of industries and organizations with the Master of Science in Data Analytics. You graduate with skills in data-driven collaboration, communication, presentation, project management and business negotiation, so you're ready for leadership positions in data analysis.

Positions for Computer and Information Research Scientists are projected to grow 19 percent by 20262, a rate that's almost seven times the national average. In 2017, the median annual salary for this position was $114,520, with the highest 10 percent of data scientists earning $176,780 annually2.

Plus, data scientist was ranked the No. 1 job in America for 2019 by Glassdoor, with a job satisfaction score of 4.2/5 and 6,510 job openings3. Prepare for exciting opportunities with the M.S.D.A. from Northern Illinois University.

More positions you could qualify for:

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

Why NIU Online?

Northern Illinois University is the only school in Illinois that offers a 100-percent online M.S.D.A. accredited by the AACSB, the highest standard of accreditation for business schools worldwide.

The M.S.D.A. is offered through our Department of Operations Management and Information Systems, which has nationally acclaimed programs and graduates employed at Allstate Insurance, Kraft Foods, TransUnion, Walgreens, McDonald's and other top organizations.

NIU's mission is to promote excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service. At NIU, your future is our focus.

Learn More

If you have any questions about NIU's online Master of Science in Data Analytics, request more information using the form on this page.


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2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (April 2018). Computer and Information Research Scientists. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on February 26, 2019, from
3Glassdoor. (2019). 50 Best Jobs in America. Retrieved on February 26, 2019, from,20.htm,20.htm.

*You must take all three courses unless you earned: a C or better in corresponding undergraduate courses; a B or better in equivalent graduate courses; or a passing grade on your first and only attempt at the Phase One exemption examination. Your program adviser determines which Phase One courses you need to take. Credits earned in Phase One do not count toward Phase Two requirements.