Master of Science in Analytics

This part-time, in-person graduate degree program will give students thorough knowledge of techniques in the field of analytics, and the ability to apply them to real-world scenarios in the business world.


About the Program

Building from a core in applied statistics, the MS in Analytics provides students with advanced analytical training to develop their ability to draw insights from big data, including: data collection, preparation and integration; statistical methods and modeling; and other sophisticated techniques for analyzing complex data. The program is highly applied in nature, integrating business strategy, project-based learning, simulations, case studies, and specific electives addressing the analytical needs of various industry sectors. Through partnerships with key employers, the program also provides students with applied projects and data sets as well as access to career networks and employment pathways upon graduation.

Program Structure

The MSc in Analytics is a part-time program designed for working professionals. All courses are taught in the evenings and on Saturday mornings at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. The curriculum consists of eleven (11) courses, plus a capstone project. 

The program accepts applicants throughout the year, offering students the ability to enter the program beginning in January 2014, and then in October, January, and March thereafter.  

Program Requirements

11 Courses, plus a Capstone Project:

Foundation Courses (7 courses)

Prerequisites: (2)

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Research Design for Business Applications

Core: (5)

  • Database Design and Implementation
  • Time Series and Forecasting
  • Data Mining Principles
  • Advanced Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • Linear and Nonlinear Models in Business Applications

Business Strategy/Project Management (2 courses)

  • Leadership and Management I: Projects and Teams
  • Leadership and Management II:  Strategy and Communication
Electives (2 courses)

Electives (first offering in January 2015) focus on specific analytic methodologies, techniques, and tools applied to functional and sector-specific issues.  Topics change quarterly, and include courses such as Marketing Science and Customer Analytics; Financial Analytics; and Survey Design and Implementation.        

Capstone Project

All students must complete a Capstone Project to receive their degree. Students are encouraged to work with a partner or in groups, and are given considerable freedom in selecting their topic. Once they have identified a suitable topic, partner, and advisor, students must submit a proposal to the program director, usually after finishing five courses. Groups present their findings during the final quarter of study to panel of program faculty and industry experts.

Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded the Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

Application Requirements

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Beginning autumn 2014, the Master of Science in Analytics (MScA) program will be offered for both full- and part-time study. International applicants are encouraged to apply. If admitted, students will receive University assistance with securing an F-1 or J-1 Visa.

  • Completed Application (online)
  • $55 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Transcripts. One unofficial transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application. Please do not mail transcripts as part of your admission application; we only accept unofficial uploads for application evaluation. If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required prior to the first day of the term. An unofficial transcript for undergraduate coursework is still required even if you hold an advanced degree(s).
  • English Proficiency. If your native language is not English, we require a TOEFL or IELTS test score*. Our TOEFL and College Board code is 1832. The required proficiency standards include a score of 104 on the TOEFL (with 4 sub  scores of 26 each), or 7 overall on the IELTS (with sub scores of 7 each; Note that students are required to take the Academic Reading/Writing test within IELTS, not the General Training Reading/Writing test). Applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the United States are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency.
  • Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess your academic or professional qualifications. Letters from family members or peer-level colleagues are not acceptable.
  • Candidate Statement. Applicants are required to demonstrate the motivation, academic potential, and ability to undertake work at the University of Chicago by writing a candidate statement (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed four pages) describing his or her interest.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide an English translation with their application. An official course-by-course evaluation of transcripts may be requested through an accredited NACES member. A course-by-course evaluation will translate courses, degree, and grades to U.S. equivalency. Please visit for more details.
  • Resume or CV
  • Admissions interview. An interview with the program director may be conducted at the request of the applicant or the admissions committee.

Official GRE or GMAT scores. Standardized test scores are not required for the MScA program.


Applicants are required to apply online for the MSc Analytics program. Select the Graham School from the list of programs, divisions, and departments and then follow the prompts.

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