Job Placement Tops 90%

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 heads to commencement with a bright future. Highly capable analytics professionals ready to tackle the challenges of big data, they are in high demand in virtually every sector of the economy. The 81-member Class of 2013 (double the size of prior classes) became the sixth consecutive cohort to attain over 90-percent job placement by graduation since the Institute’s inception in 2007. Ninety-five percent of students reported one or more offers of employment, over 50-percent reported 3 or more offers. Just ahead of graduation 92-percent have Continue reading “Job Placement Tops 90%”

Michael Rappa

Director Testifies in Congress

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was in Washington, DC, today testifying at a hearing of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives. The focus of the hearing was Next Generation Computing and Big Data Analytics. In his testimony, Dr. Rappa discussed the role different academic disciplines such as computer science, statistics, and others play in Analytics, Continue reading “Director Testifies in Congress”

Starting Salaries Set New Record

Employer demand for Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) graduates remains exceptionally strong. With one month until graduation preliminary data on job placement shows over 90-percent of the Class of 2013 have received one or more offers of employment, and over 80-percent have accepted new positions. Two-thirds of the class received two or more job offers, and over half received three or more. The Institute hosted recruiting visits for 47 employers, and students averaged 15 initial job interviews. The average base salary reached an all-time high of $96,900, an increase of nearly 9-percent over the Class of 2012. Continue reading “Starting Salaries Set New Record”

MSA Class of 2014 Takes Shape

Enrollment of the incoming Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is close to completion. It is the most competitive admission cycle since the MSA program’s inception in 2007, with a record low acceptance rate of 21-percent for the intensive 10-month program. The admissions committee reviewed 468 applications—up 72-percent over the previous year—and interviewed 210 candidates to create the cohort of 85 students. Continue reading “MSA Class of 2014 Takes Shape”

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks at NIH

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was an invited speaker on the topic of Big Data at 2013 Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Festival hosted by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The theme of this year’s event was “Data Science: Unlocking the Power of Big Data,” which drew a large audience and was also broadcast to Continue reading “Director Speaks at NIH”

MSA Job Placement Season Begins

Job placement for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 begins in earnest this month. A total of 77 candidates seeking new employment are set to begin interviewing for positions in the analytics profession. Over the 90-day placement season, the Institute will host information sessions and arrange interviews with as many as 40 to 50 employers representing a wide range of job opportunities, including banking, consumer product goods, energy, financial services, health care, insurance, Internet, management consulting, manufacturing, marketing, public service, retail, and telecommunications. Some of the employers that have scheduled visits and job interviews include: Continue reading “MSA Job Placement Season Begins”

Applications Reach Record High

At the midpoint in the application cycle for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014, the number of applications has already surpassed the all-time high—up 132% over the previous year-to-date total. The surge in applications is attributable to the reputation and uniqueness of the MSA program, now entering its seventh year, and the strong demand for analytics professionals nationwide. The preeminence of the MSA program starts with the quality of its applicant pool, said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa: “We carefully evaluate each and every applicant, Continue reading “Applications Reach Record High”

Prospective Applicants — MSA Class of 2014

The Institute is now reviewing applications for admission to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 for studies commencing in June. Admission to the MSA program is highly competitive. Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of being accepted for admission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all 80 seats are taken. Although the first-round priority deadline has passed for international applicants, including those currently residing in the U.S., non-U.S. citizens may still apply for admission (application materials should be expedited to ensure timely arrival). The Class of 2014 will be the Institute’s seventh MSA cohort since its founding in 2007. For more details regarding application procedures, see: Information for Applicants.