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MSc in Data Sciences & Business Analytics ESSEC - CentraleSupélec

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Two prestigious schools join forces

CentraleSupélec is one of the best engineering schools in the world and it has parterned with ESSEC to provide a very innovative and comprehensive program. The program is proposed and coordinated by ESSEC Business School and Centrale-Supélec.

Structure

Period 1 - September to December

During period 1 you will receive "refresher courses" and core courses. The refresher courses - taken in September - are courses geared at bringing everybody up to the knowledge level needed for the rest of the program. Core courses, or fundamentals, cover the basis for your specialization further on in the year. Between October and the end of December you will have six coure courses. Both the refresher courses as the core courses can take place on both campuses: on the ESSEC Business School campus in Cergy or the Centrale Supélec campus in Saclay.

Period 2 - January to June

During period 2, you will pick a minimum of 6 courses out of 16 electives to choose from. 8 of these electives are taught at the Saclay campus of CentraleSupélec and focus on Data Sciences, and the other 8 are taught at the Cergy campus of ESSEC Business School and focus on Business Analytics. You have to choose a minimum of 2 electives in either direction/either campus. The rest is up to you. In order to Major in either Data Sciences or Business Analytics, you would have to validate a minimum of 4 courses in that direction.

Next to that, period 2 is also the timeframe for the International Field Trip. 

Period 3 - July - ?

During the final phase of the program you will do an internship and write your thesis. The internship can take anywhere between 4 to 6 months and allows you to put your newly acquired skills and knowledge to the test.

Compulsory foundation courses

From October to December, you will attend six core courses:

Courses offered at the 
ESSEC Business School Campus

Courses offered at the
CentraleSupélec Campus

Big data analytics

This course will develop your analytical problem-solving skills and present you with the statistical methods needed to analyse and leverage multidimensional data. 

Continuous & Discrete Optimization

Programming exercsises are covered in this course as well as the basic theory and methods for the solution of optimization problems, and lineair and non-lineair programming.

Forecasting & Predictive Analytics

This course develops your judgement and critical sense in order to be able to produce and evaluate operational forecasts, and understand how it all can go wrong.

Big Data Algorithms, Techniques & Platforms

This course will teach you all about big data management - algorithms , techniques and tools needed to support big data processing.

Strategic Business Analytics

This course will teach you to design, assess and manage business strategies and how to use quantitative techniques in a strategic consulting approach through real life case studies.

Machine learning

This course will give the opportunity to apply the course theory to real-world problems through group lab projects with a particular focus on statistical risk and its minimisation with respect to prediction function.

 See below an example class of our course in Machine Learning by Chloé-Agathe Azencott.

Specialised track courses

From January to June, you may choose 6 elective courses from a list of 16 courses offered. 8 of these course specialise in Data Sciences and are offered at the CentraleSupélec Campus. The other 8 electives specialise in Business Analytics and are offered at the ESSEC Business School Campus. Depending on your profile and career plans, you will be able to choose to specialise in either business analytics or data sciences, or to have a more general understanding of the two directions.

For a detailed explanation of each of the electives offered at the campuses, please have a look at our brochure

Learning by doing

The Data Sciences & Business Analytics program is built on the premise of learning by doing. That is to say, we don't want you to just theorize about your chosen field of expertise, but to experience it and to delve into the complexities of business life in the real world. That is why, all students will go an international field trip, do an intership and write an academic dissertation.

Your Internship, with a duration of 4 to 6 months, can take place anywhere in the worlds and is designed to facilitate students' professional integration. Through the developed network of ESSEC and of CentraleSupélec's partnering firms, institutions and alumni, you are sure to easily find an internship that suits your career ambitions.

The Thesis is an individual research that you carry out on a cutting-edge topic related to data sciences and/or business analytics. It will be a great way for you to combine your built-up expertise with an inquisitve mindset and real-world data. The objective for you is to experience a first complete and original applied theoretical research experience. 

Finally, the International Field Trip is a one-week trip to meet local professionals and business leaders all over the world. You may travel to Hong-Kong, Silicon Valley, etc.

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