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Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering—1-Year Experiential

Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering—1-Year Experiential

Use Data Analytics to Solve Engineering Problems and Foster Business Success

The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering—1 Year Experiential program builds on the student’s existing engineering or science foundation and provides rigorous analytical skills and research experience through technically advanced core courses in data mining, data management, machine learning, and visualization for a career solving problems and improving products, processes, services, systems, and enterprises across industries.

The curriculum provides close connections to industry leaders and accelerates degree completion. Industry projects are embedded within advanced core courses, including data mining, database management, machine learning, and visualization. Students can also specialize their degree with interdisciplinary, credit-bearing experiential offerings, including co-op, projects, and independent study on topics from diverse disciplines across colleges at Northeastern in areas such as Big Data, Healthcare Analytics, Business Analytics, Smart Manufacturing, Network Science, and Internet of Things, among others.

The one-year accelerated program is designed for students that have the time to devote to full-time study. The experiential master’s provides credit-bearing experiential coursework, project work, independent study, and co-op, accelerating the time-to-degree completion to enable students to earn their master’s degree in one year. Co-op is offered in the summer. Upon graduation students are prepared to take on a data analyst position and support data scientist and data engineer roles in any industry or to enter a doctoral program in areas including engineering healthcare, banking, business, finance, security, or sustainability.


Innovative Curriculum

The program is full time, on ground at Northeastern’s Boston campus. It is for students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or statistics who wish to develop expertise in the data processing, visualization, data exploration, optimization, modeling, as well as descriptive, diagnostics, predictive and prescriptive analytics to solve problems and support decision-making for engineering and business projects.

  • Accelerate your degree in a one-year program on the ground at Northeastern’s Boston campus.
  • Join a program that integrates real-world projects from leading industry employers.
  • Open data analytics career doors around the globe and across industries including healthcare, smart manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, national security, defense, banking, finance, marketing, and human resources.
  • Tailor your degree to meet your professional goals with an experience-focused curriculum, interdisciplinary coursework, project work, independent study, and co-op.
  • Gain valuable and in-demand hands-on experience through designing and developing analytics projects individually and with groups.
  • Build your resumé and work experience as you study with Northeastern’s globally recognized co-op program. While on co-op, students work in industries ranging from finance and technology to energy and healthcare.

Credit-bearing experiential coursework, project work, independent study, and co-op accelerate the time-to-degree completion, enabling students to earn their master’s degree in one year.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

IE 6200Engineering Probability and Statistics4 SH
IE 6600Computation and Visualization for Analytics4 SH
IE 6700 or
DAMG 6210
Data Management for Analytics
or Data Management and Database Design
4 SH
IE 7275Data Mining in Engineering4 SH
IE 7280Statistical Methods in Engineering4 SH
OR 6205Deterministic Operations Research4 SH

Experimental Project Courses

IE 7945Master’s Project (in visualization + database)4 SH
IE 7978Independent Study4 SH

Co-op Experience

ENCP 6100Intro to Co-op1 SH
ENCP 6964Co-op0 SH
FallIE 6200 Engineering Probability and Statistics4 SH
IE 6600 Computation and Visualization for Analytics4 SH
IE 6700 Data Management for Analytics
or DAMG 6210 Data Management and Database Design
4 SH
IE 7945 Master’s Project (in visualization + database)4 SH
SpringIE 7275 Data Mining in Engineering4 SH
IE 7280 Statistical Methods in Engineering4 SH
OR 6205 Deterministic Operations Research4 SH
ENCP 6100 Intro to Co-op1 SH
SummerIE 7978 Independent Study4 SH
ENCP 6964 Co-op0 SH

Students have the flexibility to tailor their degree to the professional goals through experiential projects and independent study in areas including business, engineering, healthcare, manufacturing, and urban communities, computer science, and information systems.

Students gain valuable research experience desired by employers by designing and developing analytics projects in both individual and group settings. Like investigating innovative models for tumor response forecasting to personalized pre-surgical treatment for breast cancer patients, or building a robust continuous multimodal pain assessment sensing system using physiological signals and facial expressions.

The in-demand field of data analytics opens career doors around the globe and across industries, including healthcare, smart manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, national security, defense, banking, finance, marketing, and human resources.

With proper planning, students have the option to complete one of several College of Engineering graduate certificates in addition to the master’s degree. Certificates can be taken in addition to or in combination with a master’s degree, or provide a pathway to a master’s degree in Northeastern’s College of Engineering. There is a certificate in Data Analytics Engineering. Master’s programs can also be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Students should consult with their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real world engineering challenges. This program provides credit-bearing experiential coursework, project work, independent study, and co-op.  The Cooperative Education Program, also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Co-op for the MS in DAE Experiential 1 Year program is offered in the summer. Through this program students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education. Recent MS-DAE co-op partners include Amazon, Apple, Wayfair LLC, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co, LLC, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Natixis Investment Managers, State Street Corporation, and McKinsey & Company, Inc.

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Program Goals

Career Outlook

Demand for data professionals has never been higher.

With so many different types of technology in use today—from artificial intelligence and natural language processing to digitized healthcare records and online learning—data analytics is growing at a rapid pace. Experts now predict that more than 150 zettabytes of data will need analysis by 2025, creating thousands of analytics jobs for those with the right skills.

The World Economic Forum’s Jobs Report 2020 found that data analysts and big data specialists are two of the fastest-growing jobs across industries in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates the job market for data-related roles will grow 31 percent within the next 8 years—more than three times the national average.

Data professionals are commanding competitive salaries. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a data analyst in 2021 was $98,230, with experienced candidates earning upwards of $165,000. As with any career, pay can vary substantially according to where you live and what industry you work in, with some major metros paying 40 percent above average due to the high cost of living and availability of talent.

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