Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Analytics

Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Analytics

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.

At a Glance

How many courses?

10 courses—two foundational, four core courses, three electives, plus an AI practicum. Students can complete the degree in as little as 12 months of full-time study or 20 months of part-time study. 

Flexible Scheduling

Study full- or part-time online, on campus during the evening, or in any combination that works for you.

How much does it cost?

$1,370 per credit Academic Year 2023–2024 tuition rate, the total cost of the M.S. degree is $41,100.

What sets us apart?

Strong Faculty

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.

Advisory Board

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.

Engagement Model

We limit the class size in both our online and in-person offerings to foster faculty engagement with students.

Academic and Career Services

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.

Applicable Skills

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.

Applied Analytics Project

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.

Diving Deeper

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.
Ra'ad Siraj, MassMutual Head of AI Governance


10 Courses

30 Credits

Our Faculty

Advisory Board


NameCompany, Title
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
Akua Sarr, Ph.D.Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Boston College; Interim Dean, Woods College of Advancing Studies

Skills in Demand


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

Financial Aid

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.



Please Note
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For exact deadlines, see below.

Application & Deadlines


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)

Prerequisite courses:

Statistics and Calculus I.

Application fee $60 (to be paid as part of the online application)

Start Your Application

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Entrance Term:Application Due Date:Decision Letter Sent By:
FallEarly Deadline: May 1June 1
 Regular Deadline: June 15
(International Students applying for Fall must submit an application by June 15th.)
July 15
 Rolling admissions after Regular deadline.Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
SpringEarly 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.)
November 15
 Preferred Deadline: November 15December 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. 
SummerEarly Deadline: March 1April 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.)
May 1
 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.


To be uploaded to your online Application Form

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

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?

Letters of Recommendation

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:

Boston College
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 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. 

Official Transcript Submission for International Applicants.

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
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117

World Education Services Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087

Applicants whose Native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency, for required scores, visit our International Student page.

International Student page


Video Essay

A video essay is required for all applicants.

You will be provided a prompt before you begin recording. Please answer by recording a video - with audio - via webcam. Please note:

  • You will have 2 chances to record this video and will not have the opportunity to re-record after the second attempt
  • You will have 2 minutes to answer the given prompt

If you have any questions or experience any issues, please email to receive support from an application specialist in the admissions office.

An additional interview may be requested at the Program Director's discretion.

Standardized Tests

  • While we do not require standardized test scores, we strongly suggest submitting GRE or GMAT scores as a part of your application, particularly in cases that one or more of the prerequisites is not met. GRE reporting code 7534, or GMAT reporting code 44X-HX-07. 
  • For all non-native English speakers the TOEFL (reporting code 3276) or IELTS (if applicable) from within the past two years, is required.  Please view the international page for required test scores. If your undergraduate degree was conducted in English, you may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver. Please contact Woods College Admissions if you believe you qualify for a waiver.

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