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MSc in Data Science For Business

Ecole Polytechnique
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

MSc in Data Science For Business

In order to stay ahead in today's competitive markets, companies must make the best informed business decisions. To do this, it is has become necessary to invest in new and innovative technology.

By effectively collecting and analyzing data in real-time, companies can better determine new market trends. to do this, they must invest in and implement big data systems that will allow them to collect the new insights that will allow them to build a more responsive and effective business, perform at a higher level, and unlock new market opportunities while at the same time keeping a close eye on risks.

Data Science for Business, a new two-year joint graduate degree program from Ecole Polytechnique and partner business school HEC Paris was created to train students in data sciences and provides them with the necessary technological, scientific, strategic and business skills necessary to succeed in this area. This combination is schools makes this the best combined engineering and business degree to be found in Europe, particularly in the field of data science and business.

Admission requirements

Please visit our website for full admission requirements.

To enter this program, prospective students must have a Bachelor degree in Science, Engineering, Business or Economics. A strong background in Mathematics is mandatory as they will deal with data pool and will learn mathematical techniques for extraction and data visualization.

If you wish to apply for the joint degree program Data Science For Business, please note that applications must be submitted via our partner's website, HEC Paris. Read carefully the information on the application process and deadlines on their website.

The admission committee will assess the relevance and quality of the Bachelor's degree. The Graduate Point Average (GPA), the individual grades for the courses, class rank and any academic awards will also be taken into account.

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Program content

The Data Science for Business Master's Program combines a scientific and a business approach to contemporary Data Science issues and challenges. The first year takes place at École Polytechnique, with a strong focus on scientific and mathematic topics. The second year is spent at HEC Paris, and uses learning-by-doing methods to help students enhance their management knowledge and apply it to solve complex business challenges. During these two years, students benefit from world-class faculty and study alongside leading data scientists in specialized research units within a competitive environment.

The program trains students in the field of data science and equips them with excellent technological, scientific, strategic and business skills. Students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in the field and gain a wide range of valuable skills, including:

  • In-depth understanding of machine learning techniques
  • State-of-the-art data sciences programming skills
  • Make a big data project succeed in the corporate world
  • Theoritical understanding of main statistical algorithms
  • Real company data challenges

Tuition fees

The cost of this program is €20800 per year.


Graduates of this program will receive a MSc in Data Science For Business

Career opportunities

The MSc Data Science for Business aims to equip students with a double skill set in both science and business. The course helps students build a unique, dual-skilled profile tailored to the specific needs of 21st century companies. This Program responds to the growing demand of companies for a new generation of data scientists and managers, who can deal with data pools on technological, scientific and business.

During these two years, you will benefit from École Polytechnique and HEC’s network of industrial, research and institutional partners. Upon graduation, you will have access to employment opportunities at top firms in a wide range of sectors:

  • Financial, banking and insurance sector (BPCE, Natixis, BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Barclays, HSBC, AXA)
  • Telecommunications and digital (Orange, IBM, Google, Facebook, Criteo, start-ups)
  • Manufacturing IT industry
  • E-commerce and retail companies (Amazon, FNAC, Darty, Cdiscount…)
  • Consultancy agencies (McKinsey, Accenture, Cap Gemini…) and Business Intelligence (Keyris, Sopra Group, Capgemini Consulting, SAP-Business Object, SAS)
  • Data-driven marketing industry
  • Media and leisure industry

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About this institute

Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique: A Tradition of Scientific Excellence

Located just 20 minutes from Paris the École Polytechnique, is the most prestigious engineering Grande Ecole in France. The university is supported by the state and has been operating since it was founded in 1794. The École educates the nation's scientific,...

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Why study at Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique is a leading French institute that combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. The school produces socially responsible professionals who excel in leading complex and innovative projects which address current and future challenges facing our society.

École Polytechnique, also known as l'X, is an historic institution. Founded in 1794, it holds a leading role in the French academic tradition – Poincaré, Ampère, Schwartz and Fresnel are just a few of the prestigious scientists to have studied here. Three French presidents, three Nobel Prizes (including Jean Tirole in 2014), one Fields Medalist and many illustrious CEOs like Citroën or Schlumberger, also walked the halls. However, no need to time travel to find proof of our academic excellence: our Alumni, researchers and professors receive prestigious awards and distinctions years after years.

Academic rankings demonstrate the competitiveness of École Polytechnique in France and abroad. Leader of scientific and technological institutes in France, l'X was also ranked 13th best European University in the QS university ranking 2015/16 thanks to our emphasis on innovative teaching methods and our continued presence at the forefront of French research. Our renowned Alumni, including numerous current CEOs of French and international companies, visit frequently and you will reap the benefits of having them share their knowledge in special seminars and conferences.

As part of our commitment to innovation, l'X has been the pioneer of MOOCs and e-learning in France, with several courses available on various platforms including Coursera and more under development.

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91128 Palaiseau Cedex

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