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The Northeastern and IBM Cognitive Class Partnership

Entry Terms
Fall, Winter, Spring

Available 100% Online: Yes

Credits Required for Graduation
45 Quarter Hours

Required Cognitive Class Badges: Hadoop Foundations Level 1, Hadoop Programming Level 1, Spark Level 1, Scala Programming for Data Science Foundations Level 1, Data Science Foundations - Level 1, Hadoop Administration Level 1

Northeastern University is proud to announce a partnership with IBM Cognitive Class.

As a Cognitive Class student, you have the unique opportunity to be eligible for advanced standing within Northeastern's MPS in Analytics program.

Upon completing the ‘Big Data Analytic Technologies’ competency modules with an 85% average, prospective students will receive:

  • Advanced standing of 1 elective course in the program - totaling 3 credits. 
  • An expedited enrollment process - prospective students are only required to submit an online application, undergraduate transcripts, and screen shot verifications of their 85% average in Big Data Analytic Technologies.
  • The opportunity to advance your analytics knowledge at a leading institution.

How to Apply

When completing the online application for admission, applicants must select "IBM Badge Holder" under "Are you affiliated with one of the following associations, organizations or company?" in order to receive the benefits listed above.

For more details visit our admissions page or contact us at cpsadmissions@northeastern.edu / 877.668.7727. Apply Now

Why Partner with Northeastern?

  • Northeastern University and IBM have established a strategic learning partnership to integrate industry training with academic credentials. Work is underway to match IBM’s digital badges with more than 50 Northeastern graduate programs that will result in academic credit for badges and Northeastern students earning IBM badges.
  • Northeastern is ranked in the Top 40 for National Universities by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Northeastern’s MS in Analytics pairs innovative curriculum with numerous concentrations. All courses are taught by industry leaders with real-world big-data experience. 
  • Northeastern has an ever-expanding global network of more than 3,000 corporate partners and 230,000 alumni, with a powerful presence in more than 90 countries.
  • The Professional Advancement Network at Northeastern has been created to help you achieve more—by keeping pace with the hyper-accelerated world of technology, business, and industry in which we all work and live. To stay ahead in this era of dynamic change, and advance your professional career and personal life, you need to keep learning—now and throughout your lifetime.



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About Northeastern

A graduate program at Northeastern University enables you to create the educational experience that best meets your career and life goals. Recognized as a top-40 research university, our graduate degrees offer a dynamic learning environment that is fueled, informed, and inspired by professionally-oriented, hands-on study.

Experiential learning. Industry-aligned, online courses. Flexible study options. Our graduate programs also allow you to access to a global network of faculty practitioners, corporate partners, distinguished alumni, and fellow students. Together, these form the cornerstone of an education that’s innovative, yet relevant; practical, yet transformative.

  • Our experiential learning model enables you to apply learning from online and classroom data analytics courses to real-life situations in the field or in your current organization.
  • You’ll also join an ever-expanding global network of more than 3,300 corporate partners and 230,000 alumni, with a powerful presence in more than 90 countries.
  • Discover a graduate education designed to satisfy the needs of both the student and the industry.
  • Experience an innovative online education model driven by cognitive science, informed by employers, and powered by experiential learning.
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