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The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) offers the Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering to meet the current and projected workforce demands. This degree program offers students an opportunity to train for industry jobs or to acquire rigorous analytical skills and research experience to prepare for a doctoral program in health, security, and sustainability at Northeastern University. While the core courses for this program are offered by the College of Engineering, students can choose elective courses from diverse disciplines spread across various colleges at Northeastern. The MS degree in data analytics engineering is designed to train students with engineering, science, mathematics, and statistics backgrounds as advanced data analytics professionals and researchers who can transform large streams of data into understandable and actionable information for the purpose of making decisions. The key sectors that require analytics professionals include healthcare, smart manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, national security, defense, banking, finance, marketing, human resources, and sports.
The Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering program helps students acquire knowledge and skills to:
- Discover opportunities to improve products, processes, systems, and enterprises through data analytics
- Apply optimization, statistical, and machine-learning methods to solve complex problems involving large data from multiple sources
- Process and explore data from a variety of sources, including Internet of Things (IoT), an integrated network of devices and sensors, customer touch points, processes, social media, and people
- Work with technology teams to design and build large and complex SQL and NoSQL databases
- Use tools and methods for data mining, big data processing, and data visualization to generate reports for analysis and decision making
- Create integrated views of data collected from multiple sources of an enterprise
- Understand and explain results of data analytics to decision makers
- Design and develop data analytics projects
This degree program seeks to prepare students for a comprehensive list of tasks including collecting, storing, processing, and analyzing data; reporting descriptive statistics and patterns; performing diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive analytics; drawing conclusions and insights; making actionable recommendations; and designing and managing data analytics projects.
General Degree Requirements
To be eligible for admission to any of the MS degree programs, a prospective student must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, statistics, or an equivalent field. Students in all master’s degree programs must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of approved coursework (exclusive of any preparatory courses) with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000. Students can complete a master's degree by pursuing any of one of the three tracks: coursework option, project option, and thesis option. Specific degree requirements for each of these tracks can be found under the Program Requirements tab. Students may pursue any program either on a full-time or part-time basis; however, certain restrictions may apply.
Specific Degree Requirements
Core courses for the Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering provide students with a foundation in algorithms and optimization, statistics, data and knowledge engineering, data mining, and visualization. These courses are designed to provide students with a strong understanding of probability and statistics, statistical learning, optimization methods, data mining, database design, and visualization. Students can select electives from a wide range of fields including business, finance, engineering, healthcare, manufacturing, and urban communities/cities. Elective courses provide students with the knowledge and understanding of descriptive, prescriptive, diagnostic, and predictive analytics as applied to a specific field of interest such as business, healthcare, manufacturing, and urban communities/cities. Alternatively, students can select their electives so that they can prepare for a doctoral program by taking advanced courses in mathematics, statistics, machine learning, natural language processing, and pattern recognition.
Academic and Research Advisors
All nonthesis students are advised by the faculty advisor designated for their respective concentration or program. Students willing to pursue the thesis option must first find a research advisor within their first year of study. The research advisor will guide the students' thesis work, and thesis reader(s) may be assigned at the discretion of their research advisor. The research advisor must be a full-time or jointly appointed faculty in the MIE department. However, if the research advisor is outside the MIE department, before the thesis option can be approved, a faculty member with 51 percent or more appointments in the MIE department must be chosen as co-advisor, and a petition must be filed and approved by the co-advisor and the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee. Thesis option students are advised by the faculty advisor of their concentration before they select their research advisor(s). The research advisor and co-advisor must serve as thesis readers.
Plan of Study and Course Selection
It is recommended that all new students attend orientation sessions held by the MIE department and the Graduate School of Engineering to acquaint themselves with the coursework requirements and research activities of the department as well as with the general policies, procedures, and expectations.
In order to receive proper guidance with their coursework needs, all MS students are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a fully signed Plan of Study (PS) to the department before enrolling in second-semester courses. This form not only helps the students manage their coursework but it also helps the department to plan for requested course offerings. The PS form may be modified at any time as the students progress in their degree programs.
Students pursuing study or research under the guidance of a faculty member can choose project option by taking Master’s Project (Master’s Project (IE 7945)) . An MS project must be petitioned to the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee and approved by both the faculty member (instructor for Master's Project) and the student's academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the reason for taking the project course; a brief description of the goals; as well as the expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme.
Students pursuing coursework option may petition the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee to substitute up to a 4-semester-hour independent study (Independent Study (IE 7978)) . An independent study must be approved by the instructor and the academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the instructor; the reason for taking the course; a brief description of the goals; as well as the expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme. Students in other options (i.e., thesis or project) are not eligible to take independent study. When taking thesis or project options, the independent study course cannot be taken.
Options for MS Students (Coursework Only, Project, or Thesis)
Students accepted into any of the MS programs in the MIE department can choose one of the three options: coursework only, project, or thesis. Please see the Program Requirements tab on the top menu of this page for more information. MS students who want to pursue project or thesis options must find, within the first year of their study, a faculty member or a research advisor who will be willing to direct and supervise a mutually agreed research project or MS thesis. Moreover, students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship must complete 8 semester hours of thesis. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their 8 semester hours of Thesis (ME 7990 or IE 7990) over two consecutive semesters.
Students who complete the thesis option must make a presentation of their thesis before approval by the department. The MS thesis presentation shall be publicly advertised at least one week in advance and all faculty members and students may attend and participate. If deemed appropriate by the research advisor, other faculty members may be invited to serve as thesis readers to provide technical opinions and judge the quality of the thesis and presentation.
Change of Program/Concentration
Students enrolled in any of the MIE department programs or concentrations may change their current program or concentration no sooner than the beginning of their second full-time semester of study. In order for the program or concentration change request to be considered by the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee, the student must not be in the first semester of their current program, must have a 3.300 GPA, and have completed at least 8 semester hours of required coursework in their sought program at Northeastern.
Graduate Certificate Options
Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering are eligible to pursue an engineering graduate certificate in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. For more information please refer to Graduate Certificate Programs. Please note that students pursuing the Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering are not eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics Engineering.
Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership
Master's Degree in Data Analytics Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
Students may complete a Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 semester hours of advisor-approved data analytics technical courses.
Master's Degree in Data Analytics Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business
Students may complete a Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business. Students must apply and be admitted to the Galante Engineering Business Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires the applicant to have earned or be in a program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 semester hours of the data analytics engineering core courses and 16 semester hours from the outlined business-skill curriculum. The coursework, along with participation in cocurricular professional development elements, earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
|IE 6200||Engineering Probability and Statistics||4|
|IE 6600||Computation and Visualization for Analytics||4|
|IE 6700||Data Management for Analytics||4|
|or DAMG 6210||Data Management and Database Design|
|IE 7275||Data Mining in Engineering||4|
|IE 7280||Statistical Methods in Engineering||4|
|OR 6205||Deterministic Operations Research||4|
Complete one of the following options:
|Complete 8 semester hours from the elective course list below.||8|
|IE 7945||Master’s Project||4|
|Complete 4 semester hours from the elective course list below.||4|
Thesis Option 1
|Complete 8 semester hours of thesis:|
Any course in the following list will serve as an elective course, provided the course is offered and the student satisfied prerequisites and program requirements. Students can take electives outside this list with a prior approval from the faculty advisor.
|Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering|
|Time Series and Geospatial Data Sciences|
|Foundations of Artificial Intelligence|
|Game Artificial Intelligence|
|Database Management Systems|
|Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision|
|Robotic Science and Systems|
|Natural Language Processing|
|Advanced Data Analysis|
|Introduction to Programming for Data Science|
|Introduction to Data Management and Processing|
|Supervised Machine Learning and Learning Theory|
|Unsupervised Machine Learning and Data Mining|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Introduction to Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition|
|Advanced Machine Learning|
|Engineering Project Management|
|Economic Decision Making|
|Financial Management for Engineers|
|Introduction to Health Informatics and Health Information Systems|
|Data Management in Healthcare|
|Theoretical Foundations in Personal Health Informatics|
|Evaluating Health Technologies|
|Business of Healthcare Informatics|
|Improving the Patient Experience through Informatics|
|Management Issues in Healthcare Information Technology|
|Introduction to Health Data Analytics|
|Healthcare Systems Modeling and Analysis|
|Manufacturing Methods and Processes|
|Supply Chain Engineering|
|Statistical Quality Control|
|Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment|
|Neural Networks and Deep Learning|
|Advances in Data Sciences and Architecture|
|Introduction to Mathematical Methods and Modeling|
|Optimization and Complexity|
|Machine Learning and Statistical Learning Theory|
|Statistics for Bioinformatics|
|Regression, ANOVA, and Design|
|Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 2|
|Complex Networks and Applications 2|
|Bayesian and Network Statistics|
|Metaheuristics and Applications|
|Probabilistic Operation Research|
|Integer and Nonlinear Optimization|
|Network Analysis and Advanced Optimization|
|Convex Optimization and Applications|
|Logistics, Warehousing, and Scheduling|
|Complex Networks and Applications|
|Network Science Data|
|Network Science Data 2|
|Public Policy and Urban Affairs|
|Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Decision Making|
|Big Data for Cities|
|Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy|
|Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required
A thesis is required for all students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship. The thesis topic should cover one or more of the areas from statistics, mathematics, optimization, data mining, machine learning, database design, big data, visualization tools, or forecasting methods. The thesis should train students for research in data and operations analytics and/or prepare them for a doctoral program.