Leverage the power of data analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence with a specialized master’s degree in one of today’s most in-demand fields. Taught by experienced professionals, this STEM-designated program prepares you to apply advanced analytical approaches to solve real-world problems in almost any industry. The M.S. degree can also be completed as a dual degree with Woods College’s M.S. in Applied Economics.
Our faculty have considerable industry experience directly related to the course they teach so that you can practice what you learn and understand how your skills apply in the given context.
Our active advisory board consists of leaders in the field. They help shape our curriculum, mentor and help you with your job search process, as well as provide placement opportunities.
We limit the class size in both our online and in-person offerings to foster faculty engagement with students.
We provide you with strong academic advising and support. In addition, we provide career coaching and organize recruiting events where we bring students together with recruiters and hiring managers.
In addition to teaching you in-demand skills, we infuse the curriculum with communication and non-technical skills necessary for you to succeed outside of the classroom.
In the project course, you will deliver an AI project from start to finish, practicing not just technical tools but also project management, advisory, presentation, and communication skills.
“The BC MSAA is a world-class program spanning the breadth and depth needed for practitioners and leaders in today's marketplace—from hands-on skills development to responsible and ethical governance. Boston College's and the Woods College's reputation will make this a marquee, sought-after program.”
|Can Erbil, Ph.D.||Boston College; Professor of Practice in Economics|
|Esin Sile, Ph.D.||College Find Me; Board Member|
|Eugene Wen, Ph.D.||Manulife Financial; Vice President, Group Advanced Analytics|
|Fr. Richard McGowan, D.B.A.||Jesuit East Coast Province; Treasurer / Boston College, Faculty|
|John Arbadjis, Ph.D.||BNY Mellon; Head of Macro Strategy Product & Analytics|
|John Griffin, Ph.D.||Charles River Associates; Vice President|
|Jose Fillat, Ph.D.||Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Senior Economist and Policy Advisor|
|Lisa Emsbo-Mattingly, M.A.||Fidelity; Director of Research, Global Asset Allocation|
|Paul Garvey, Ph.D.||MITRE; Chief Scientist, Center for Acquisition and Management Science|
|Ra'ad Siraj, M.S.||MassMutual, Head of AI Governance|
|Robert Murphy, Ph.D.||Boston College; Associate Professor of Economics|
|Sasha Tomic, Ph.D. (Chair)||Boston College|
|Stephen Lawrence, Ph.D.||Vanguard; Head of Investment Management Fintech Data Science|
|Mike Finegold, Ph.D.||Google; Data Science Lead, Google Travel|
|Nigel Gault, Ph.D.||EY-Parthenon; Chef Economist|
|Nurtekin Savas, M.S., M.B.A.||Capital One; Head of Machine Learning & Data Science [Enterprise Products + Platforms]|
|Oana Diaconu, Ph.D.||CVS Health; Executive Director, Data Science, Customer Experience and Call Servicing|
|Derya Isler, M.B.A.||Spotify; Product Leader - Personalization|
|Karen Muncaster, Ph.D.||Boston College; Dean of the Woods College of Advancing Studies|
Five-year growth rate in job postings
Source: Emsi/Burning Glass
Median starting salary for candidates with Master's in Analytics
Source: Emsi/Burning Glass
We know that a BC education is a worthwhile but significant investment. We're committed to helping you affordably achieve your educational goals while treating each student and their family equitably. Financial aid and payment plans may be available for students taking a minimum of six credits across a semester.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)
Statistics and Calculus I.
Application fee $60 (to be paid as part of the online application)
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
|Entrance Term:||Application Due Date:||Decision Letter Sent By:|
|Fall||Early Deadline: May 1||June 1|
|Regular Deadline: June 15|
(International Students applying for Fall must submit an application by June 15th.)
|Rolling admissions after Regular deadline.||Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.|
|Spring||Early Deadline: October 15|
(International Students applying for spring must submit an application by October 15th Applications received after October 15th will be considered for the summer semester.)
|Preferred Deadline: November 15||December 15|
|Applications will be accepted after November 15 and reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability. Students are encouraged to apply after November 15.|
|Summer||Early Deadline: March 1||April 1|
|Regular Deadline: April 1 |
(International Students applying for summer I must submit an application by March 1st. Summer 2 applicants must submit an application by April 1st.)
|Rolling admissions after Regular deadline.||Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability.|
There is a $250 enrollment deposit for admitted students wishing to confirm their enrollment. Information about this will be included in your decision letter.
In 550 - 750 words, describe how would a graduate degree in applied analytics assist you in achieving your current and future career goals? What are these goals and how do you envision this particular program will help you toward these ends?
Two letters of recommendation (Letters must be sent directly from recommender either through online application portal or directly to Woods College. We will not accept letters that are not in a sealed envelope mailed directly from recommender or emailed directly from recommender).
Please note: Letters of recommendations should be provided by Professional or Academic recommenders.
Transcripts from each college or university in which you were enrolled are required.
Please mail transcripts to:
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate email@example.com as the recipient.
Boston College Alumni and Current Students:
Your BC transcript must be formally requested from the Office of Student Services and submitted to the Woods College. Woods cannot request or access transcripts independently.
All students who have, or are currently attending, an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation indicating the conferral of an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral.
This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted to complete the application.
Please request a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation for all international institutions where a degree was conferred from one of the following agencies:
Educational Credential Evaluators
Center for Educational Documentation
World Education Services Inc.
Applicants whose Native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency, for required scores, visit our International Student page.
Interview is optional or may be required by program director.