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Master of Science in Analytics Online


MScA Program Structure

Students have the flexibility to pursue the Master of Science in Analytics Online degree on a part- or full-time schedule. Part-time students enroll in two courses each quarter and take their courses in the evenings or on Saturdays. Full-time students take three courses per quarter, some of which may be offered during the day.

Students earn the Master of Science in Analytics by successfully completing twelve credit courses and a final capstone project.

Data Science Curriculum

Our program takes students through the fundamentals of analytics theory to advanced analytics classes spanning several disciplines and specialities.

Foundational Noncredit Analytics Courses

Foundational noncredit courses provide the basis for our rigorous analytics degree that will support the theoretical, strategic, and practical analytics studies in more advanced courses.

Upon acceptance into the program, students will have an opportunity to complete Foundational Skill Assessments and earn an exemption for noncredit courses in the areas of statistics, advanced linear algebra, R, and Python. Assessment scores of 80% or higher will result in the relevant Foundational course being waived. Assessment scores of less than 80% will require the completion of the corresponding Foundational course.

Students electing not to complete the Foundational Skill Assessment must register for all four Foundational Courses.

The four foundational courses are listed below. Please note that the Introduction to Statistical Concepts and R Course are considered pre-quarter courses and therefore take place during the 5 weeks leading up to your first quarter with the program.

*All foundational courses are completed virtually for all MScA students regardless if they enroll in our in-person or online program.

Core Courses

Core courses allow students to build their theoretical analytics knowledge and practice applying this theory to real-world business problems. Each of the seven core courses is required to earn the Master of Science in Analytics. Students may choose between Leadership Skills: Teams, Strategies, and Communications (MSCA 31003) and Data Science for Consulting (MSCA 31015).

One of the following Data Engineering courses*:

*Optional core courses may be taken as electives.

One of the following Leadership courses*:

*Optional core courses may be taken as electives.

Elective Courses

Students in the twelve-course curriculum are required to complete three elective courses that teach advanced analytics strategies and applications. Our program continually adds electives to evolve with the analytics landscape. Alumni are able to take classes, when available, at reduced tuition.

Analytics Capstone Project

  • The required capstone project is completed over two quarters and covers research, design, implementation, and writing
  • Students will generally start their capstone project two quarters before their projected graduation. Full-time students start their capstone project in their third quarter

Learn more about capstone projects

In-Person Immersion Weekend

The Master of Science in Analytics Online (MScA) combines online study with a unique on-the-ground immersion weekend in Chicago in both Autumn and Spring quarters.

  • Network with industry partners and faculty
  • Join a hands-on workshop, working to develop industry solutions
  • Tour the Data Science Institute
  • Gain career insights as well as the latest trends and challenges in AI/ML
  • Watch capstone project presentations
  • Discuss ethics in data science

Students will meet a vibrant and supportive community of like-minded students and faculty and get to know, bond, and network with peers from across the country.

The next Immersion Weekend is March 17–19, 2023. We look forward to seeing current and incoming online students at the event. 

For International Students:

Students coming from abroad for the immersion program are encouraged to come to the U.S. in visitor/tourist status; using a B-1/B-2 visa or ESTA clearance depending on whether you hold citizenship from a Visa Waiver Country or not. The immersion days are optional for students and do not carry any course enrollment for the time you are in Chicago. Please be clear when entering the U.S. that while you are a student in an online program at the University of Chicago, your visit for immersion is not to attend credit-bearing classes, but to meet classmates and as a result you are coming to the U.S. as a visitor.

Noncredit Workshops and Short Courses

We offer noncredit short courses and workshops to support student success in relevant concurrent courses and electives.