Become a Practicum Sponsor

The Institute for Advanced Analytics invites interested organizations to submit a proposal to sponsor a practicum team project for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015. Since 2007, MSA students have conducted a wide variety of projects—70 in all—from virtually every industry sector, as well as state and federal government agencies. Sponsors identify challenging business problems and share data for their team to analyze. The 8-month project is conducted confidentially and without a sponsorship fee. The proposal submission period is open through July 15. To learn more about how to submit a proposal, please see the guidelines for Practicum Sponsorship. Continue reading “Become a Practicum Sponsor”

Payback Period

19- to 26-Months

That’s how long, on average, it will take for students who completed the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) this year to recover the cost of attending (tuition and fees) and the year of lost earnings (pre-MSA salary). In investment terms, that’s the payback period: the length of time it takes for the cumulative gains from an investment to equal the cumulative cost. Ideally, investors—in this case students—would like the shortest Continue reading “19- to 26-Months”

Digital Analytics Association

Director Elected to Association Board

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Digital Analytics Association. Founded in 2004, the DAA is a global not-for-profit association of analytics professionals with a mission to help individuals and organizations illuminate and overcome the challenges of data acquisition, exploration, deduction and application. The DAA helps thousands of its individual members become more valuable Continue reading “Director Elected to Association Board”

Applications Surge to Record High

Applications to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program increased for the eighth consecutive year—and over 70-percent for the third straight year—bringing the total number of applicants for admission to the Class of 2015 to nearly 800. That’s more than triple the number of applications from just 24 months ago, when the Institute first doubled its enrollment to 80 students. The Institute offered admission to Continue reading “Applications Surge to Record High”

2014 Director’s Prize

Steve Neola and Keith Walthall share this year’s Director’s Prize as the top graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. Neola and Walthall receive the prize in recognition by their peers of their exemplary performance throughout the 10-month program. Announcing the winners at commencement, the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, said “Steve and Keith consistently earned high praise from their peers for their intelligence, leadership and teaming skills. They set a high bar and stand out as ideal role models for all of us—the kind of analytics Continue reading “2014 Director’s Prize”

2014 Commencement Exercise

The Institute held its 7th annual commencement exercise for candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. Diplomas were conferred to seventy-nine degree candidates on a beautiful May 3rd morning at the Raleigh Convention Center. Presiding over the graduation ceremony was the Institute’s founding director, Dr. Michael Rappa. He was joined by members of the faculty, staff and four-hundred invited guests. Surrounded by family and friends, the graduates had much to celebrate as they embark on their new careers gainfully employed in positions as well-paid analytics professionals. Congratulations and best wishes to this year’s graduates! Continue reading “2014 Commencement Exercise”

Students Graduate to Full Employment

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is the Institute’s seventh consecutive cohort to graduate fully employed in promising careers as analytics professionals. All 75 candidates searching for new employment secured positions prior to graduation. Average starting salaries were in the mid-$90’s, with solid gains for candidates without prior work experience. Students had an average of 13 initial job interviews and 3 offers. There were many returning employers, as well as several new employers, including well-known companies such as Apple, Boeing, Cisco, EY, and Red Hat. Fifteen industry segments were represented among those hiring, with software, consulting and financial services being the most popular. “Demand for our graduates is the strongest we’ve seen,” said Dr. Michael Rappa, the Institute’s director. “We’re delighted to have a large following of employers—many of them the world’s most-admired companies.” Read the complete 2014 Employment Report.

Practicum Teams Deliver Results

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is on the final leg of its journey, as seventeen practicum teams bring to culmination eight months of work pouring over large volumes of data and building models. Many of the teams are on the road this week traveling to destinations around North Carolina and as far away as Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, and Washington, DC, to deliver the results of their practicum projects to their sponsors. Students conducted a wide array of studies, from reducing hospital re-admissions to improving customer retention to price optimization, and more. Continue reading “Practicum Teams Deliver Results”