Northwestern to Offer a Master of Analytics Degree

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by Angela Guess

Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering has launched a new Master of Science degree in analytics. The program was started after IBM suggested the degree and offered $40,000 in seed money. The inaugural class will begin next September. The article states, “The impetus is an overwhelming demand for analytics expertise spurred by the surge of big data applications, as more businesses need to glean information about their customers from social media sites and other data sources. Expertise in the Hadoop big-data framework, for example, is in huge demand and has become nearly prohibitively expensive for many companies.”

Diego Klabjan, director of the new program stated, “For anyone with even basic knowledge of Hadoop and Cassandra, getting a job is a piece of cake and there is a shortage of people with deep knowledge of these things.” The article adds, “IBM approached the school about the program and provided $40,000 in seed funding as well as SPSS predictive analytics software. The SAS Institute and Teradata  are also sponsors, providing technology for students to train on and use. Students will be trained on both IBM and SAS’s analytics technology, Klabjan said.”

It continues, “The school expects to enroll a select group of 30 graduate students for the 15-month master’s coursework. ‘We want this to be a top-notch, elite program.’ North Carolina State started offering a master’s in analytics a few years ago, but Klabjan said he knows of no other comparable programs at least yet. Northwestern already  launched a Master of Science in predictive analytics in its continuing education program for students to take online courses. That program drew 170 students.”

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