A important feature of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program is the opportunity for students to obtain industry standard analytics tool certifications while earning their degree. The most popular certifications among our students come from SAS, the leading provider of business analytics software and services, and founding partner of the Institute. To date, over ninety percent of the MSA Class of 2014 have completed at least three certifications: SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9, SAS Certified Predictive Modeler Using SAS Enterprise Miner 7, and SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9: Regression and Modeling. Additionally, one-third of the student cohort has earned SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9.
The value of SAS certifications comes from the leadership position of SAS tools in the marketplace. A independent study in 2013 by the market research firm Forrester identified SAS as the industry’s leading player in the analytics field in terms of its current offerings, strategies and market presence. The study’s findings are summarized in the diagram below.