MSc in Big Data

ENSAI: National School for Statistics and Information Analysis

Program Description

MSc in Big Data

ENSAI: National School for Statistics and Information Analysis

In 2016, there will be almost half a million jobs for qualified data scientists, plus a need for 1.5 million executives and support staff who have an understanding of data. - The McKinsey Global Institute, 2011

The demand for skills in the field of high-dimensional data processing, otherwise known as Big Data, is increasing dramatically worldwide, yet academic programs for this are still quite rare.

ENSAI is accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research to deliver a Master of Science in Big Data (known as a Master international or DNM in the French nomenclature).

ENSAI is currently the only French engineering school accredited to offer an all-English program with this unique training, combining Statistics and Computer Science.

ENSAI has many years of experience dispensing multidisciplinary training (Statistics, Computer Science, and Econometrics ), numerous international partnerships, a Big Data Academic Platform established by GENES, and a Big Data research chair financed by the Institut Louis Bachelier and the Fondation du Risque.

The Master of Science in Big Data offered by ENSAI therefore meets the very important need among corporations and organizations of all kinds for graduate-level training nearly non-existent in academic offerings on the French, European, and even international scale.

The structure of this Master's program is composed of 2 semesters of coursework at ENSAI, followed by an internship within the professional world or academia/research laboratories.

Since this program welcomes students with varying academic levels and skills in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics, the structure aims to bring all students to the same scientific level in all three fields, with respect to their existing training, knowledge, and skills.

Therefore, in addition to common courses, the first semester includes courses tailored for students with different profiles. These courses take the form of two different tracks: Computer Science and Statistics, where students study the courses in which they need more training.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


2 semesters


Graduates of the program are skilled Data Scientists. In addition to doctoral possibilities in research, they will have numerous career opportunities in international corporations and data start-ups in the following areas:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Business Analytics
  • Risk Management
  • Yield Management
  • Industrial applications
  • Supply and distribution
  • Healthcare industry
  • Social networks analysis
  • Research and development in scientific domains
  • Software industry

Cost & Fees

The entire MSc in Big Data program cost is 8,000 €, inclusive of all fees, registration, and tuition, with half of the cost made payable to ENSAI by July 1st preceding the academic year, and half before the beginning of the second semester.

Non-French speakers also pay 2,000 € for the 2-month French Summer Program, inclusive of all program fees, courses, and housing costs while being hosted with a French family. This is made payable also by July 1st to the organizing service at CIREFE (not ENSAI).

Students following this Master's program are not eligible to apply for GENES' student grant based on financial need.

Entry Requirements

This Master of Science in Big Data is open to students of all nationalities.

All applicants must have a minimum of 4 years of higher education (at least 4-year Bachelor's or the first year of a Master's). A strong mathematical and/or computer science background is required.

Applications are selected based on candidates' degrees, level, and skills. A personal interview (in person or via videoconference) will be at the discretion of ENSAI.

Last updated March 29, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept., 2017
2 semesters
Full time
8,000 EUR
Start date Sept., 2017
France Rennes, Brittany
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 semesters
Price 8,000 EUR