The NC State University Board of Trustees voted to approve a proposal to allow the Institute to acquire larger facilities on Centennial Campus to accommodate growing enrollment in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. The proposal now awaits approval of the UNC Board of Governors. The new facilities will enable the Institute to enroll up to 120 students next summer for the Class of 2016. The vote puts the MSA on a path to become one of NC State’s largest graduate programs in terms of degrees conferred annually. The MSA has a history of operating at full capacity, beginning in 2007 with its inaugural class of 24 students, through to today with the current class of 86 students enrolled. The last expansion occurred in 2012.
“I’m delighted to have the university prioritize our growth” said the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa. “The demand for analytics professionals continues to strengthen with no sign of slowing. We have a proven track record for producing the kind of talent employers are looking to hire to extract value from their data.”
Applications for the MSA have increased 70-percent per year for three consecutive years to become the university’s third largest applicant pool for a graduate program. With an acceptance rate of 12.8-percent, the MSA ranks among the most-selective graduate programs at NC State.