Overview - All Tracks
The MS Analytics curriculum is structured to be completed in a single year (fall, spring, and summer), with a total of 36 credit-hours required for each student. Trained by world-class faculty, students will learn identification and framing of problems; acquisition, management, and utilization of large and fast-moving streams of data; creation, analysis, solution, and interpretation of mathematical models using appropriate methodology; and the integration of these interdisciplinary skills to enable graduates to successfully develop and execute analytics projects.
The interdisciplinary core includes 15 hours of coursework across business, computing, statistics, and operations research. On top of this integrated breadth of study covering the core areas of analytics, each student has 15 hours of electives to satisfy one of the specialized tracks to give them depth in an analytics area of specialization: Analytical Tools, Business Analytics, and Computational Data Analytics. Each student's elective choices can be personalized to support their individual career goals. The final piece of the curriculum is an applied analytics practicum, in which students will work with companies and organizations on real analytics problems.
To see the specific list of topics covered in the interdisciplinary core and electives, see the Topics Covered page.
Base Curriculum - All Tracks
- MGT 8803 Big Data Analytics in Business (3 hours)
- CSE 6242 Data and Visual Analytics (3 hours)
- One operations research course (3 hours)
- Two statistics courses (6 hours)
- 5 Elective/core courses (15 hours; includes 3 introductory core courses in computing, business, and statistics/OR areas, each of which may be waived depending on individual student backgrounds; most students are expected to need 2, leaving 3 remaining elective course slots)
- 6 hours of applied analytics team practicum or internship
- Each student’s course choices must satisfy the requirements of at least one of the defined tracks (Analytical Tools, Business Analytics, Computational Data Analytics).
To see a list of all courses offered, see the Course Listing page.
Analytical Tools Track
The analytical tools track allows students to build on the interdisciplinary core curriculum to provide a greater knowledge and understanding of the quantitative methodology of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics: how to select, build, solve, and analyze models using methodology such as parametric and non-parametric statistics, regression, forecasting, data mining, machine learning, optimization, stochastics, and simulation.
The specific requirements of the analytical tools track include:
- Five statistics/operations research courses, including at least one in each area
- MGT 6203 Data Analytics in Business
- CSE 6242 Data and Visual Analytics
- Three additional electives (including introductory courses in CSE, MGT, and ISyE if not waived)
- CSE/ISyE/MGT 6748 Applied Analytics Practicum (could include approved applied analytics internship)
Sample programs of study for Analytical Tools track
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