100% Online Master of Science in Data Analytics

Harness Big Data to Succeed as a Strategic Leader

Your Future. Our Focus.

Now, you can develop leading-edge expertise for identifying data insights to improve business decision-making with Northern Illinois University’s Master of Science in Data Analytics program.

NIU designed this program for tech-savvy professionals seeking to stand out as business leaders and innovators. Finish in 12 months by joining us full time or take classes part time to get added flexibility, finishing in 2.5 years. While seeking your master’s degree from NIU, you’ll earn SAS Data Analytics Certification, the most recognized credential in data analytics. NIU is the only school in Illinois to offer an MS in Data Analytics in a 100% online format with accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation affirms you’ll receive a data analytics education that meets the highest standard for business schools worldwide.

Small Class Sizes

AACSB Accreditation

30 to 36 Credit Hours

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Developed by Business Innovators

NIU developed our online MS in Data Analytics program with input from professionals with experience at AbbVie, BearingPoint, Caterpillar, ClearPrism, Ernst & Young, Lenovo and Salesforce. Benefit from their expertise by taking online courses that infuse forward-facing business practices with innovative data analytics capabilities.

Data Analytics Courses That Optimize Your Success in Business

Take your business acumen to the next level by learning data analytics best practices for programming, statistics and big data. You’ll take classes led by active researchers and expert instructors who provide hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies, including Hadoop, Python, SAP Predict Analytics, SAS and Tableau. This focus on real-world learning gives you the talent to extract insights from big data and apply them in a rich array of industries.

The online courses explore these concepts:

Business and Communication

Delve into supply chain business analytics, data visualization tools and project management using data analytics.


Engage in a comprehensive study of how to use SAS when analyzing business statistics to improve decision-making.


Review key literature and gain laboratory experience relevant to business computing environments, with an emphasis on collaboration.

Big Data

Explore how to harness database management systems, predictive data analytics, text mining and other technologies in business environments.

Online Programs for Your Goals and Schedule

With NIU’s online programs, you can seek a high-quality degree no matter where you are. While you study online, we’ll provide the support and resources to propel your success and make your education personal. Collaborate with your classmates and faculty using the same technology that delivers your coursework and use the helpful services available to on-campus students. This includes dedicated career support even after you graduate as well as access to NIU libraries and online resources.

An Innovative Career with a Top 5 Ranking

Glassdoor ranked data scientist No. 3 on its list of America’s best jobs in 2022. Moreover, this occupation offers a median salary of $120,000 annually, with more than 10,000 job openings nationwide.1 Prepare for this and other careers at the forefront of business analytics by developing big data, project management and negotiation skills online with NIU.

Additional Careers to Pursue After Graduation

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

Quality Education That Supports Your Aspirations

NIU focuses on empowering your success through educational excellence and experiential learning. You will benefit from small class sizes and receive the faculty guidance needed to thrive in your career and life. Our online programs are an engine for innovation, preparing you to transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.

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  1. Glassdoor. 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022. Retrieved July 11, 2022, from https://www.glassdoor.com/.