I received an email recently related to my blog of a year and a half ago on the then new M.S. in Predictive Analytics program at DePaul University. The writer wanted to know if I'd heard of the just-introduced distance learning M.S. in Predictive Analytics (MSPA) curricula from Northwestern University. Though I’d called the program office a while back, I hadn't gotten specific information. So I resolved anew to see what I could find. A quick introductory note to the NW School of Continuing Studies Associate Dean of Academics Joel Shapiro put me in business.

The SCS promotes the MSPA as an ideal program for working professionals seeking to balance their studies and careers. “The online course format provides a flexible and convenient structure with engaging materials that students can work on at the times of day most convenient for them. Students also have the opportunity to interact with their faculty and peers through online discussion boards. Similar to the on-campus programs, online courses require students to utilize textbooks and other learning materials that are part of the instruction for each course.” Add to that the prestige of Northwestern and the university's commitment to analytics – another Master's program will be introduced by the McCormick School of Engineering next Fall – and you have a strategy for success.

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