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, Read the rest of this entry »
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.
Looking to hire a data analytics professional in 2013? The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 resume book is now available! Prospective employers interested in reviewing 80 resumes of MSA candidates graduating in May, should please contact us to obtain a copy. The Institute will host employer information sessions through January, and welcomes employers to secure dates for onsite interviews during the month of February. You can also download the MSA Student Profile Book to learn more about our students.
The American Council for Technology (ACT) – Industry Advisory Council (IAC) has appointed Dr. Aric LaBarr to serve on its Big Data Committee. The Committee provides a forum for sharing and collaboration between federal, state and local government agencies seeking to leverage their data for better informed decision-making. Members will recommend approaches to developing big data technical frameworks and capability maturity model assessments, and promote best practices by increasing awareness of research, technologies, and use cases. The ATC-IAC is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated Read the rest of this entry »
To accommodate the recent doubling of enrollment to 80 students, the Institute is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to its staff. “Attracting talented professionals is key to building a high-performing organization, and I am delighted to welcome this exceptional group of individuals to our team,” said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, at a ceremony today marking the end of fall semester. “As the Institute enters its next phase, the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) has quickly ascended to become one of NC State’s largest and finest graduate degree programs. The success of Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today in Washington, DC with senior IT executives across Federal agencies and state government about the looming talent shortage in Big Data. The panel included Jeff Butler, Director, Research Databases, with the Internal Revenue Service and Micheline Casey, former Chief Data Officer, State of Colorado. This past summer Dr. Rappa served as academic co-chair of TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission, which examined strategies for transforming government through the application of Big Data.
The Institute is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014—to become the seventh cohort of students admitted to the Institute since its founding in 2007. We anticipate another round of well-qualified applicants seeking to secure one of 80 available seats. Although its still early in the process, applications submitted to date are up 286-percent and application starts are up 87-percent over the same period last year. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis between January and April. The Institute will hold its next MSA information session on November 12.
Writing in the October issue of Harvard Business Review, Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil give the Institute’s groundbreaking Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program high praise as one of only a few sources of talent with proven strengths in data science alongside Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, and Carnegie Mellon. The HBR special issue on “Big Data” highlights the looming shortage of analytics professionals needed to grapple with the rapidly increasing size and complexity of data. The Institute’s founding director, Michael Rappa, expressed his gratitude: “It’s an honor to see the MSA mentioned in esteemed company, and to be recognized as one of the leading programs with a proven track record. It’s no small achievement.” Founded at NC State six years ago, the MSA is the first and preeminent degree of its kind in the nation and a model for other universities. (See: Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.)
The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 Student Profile Book is now available to download for prospective employers and prospective applicants who wish to learn more about our students. The Institute hosts employer information sessions throughout the Fall semester and in January. Student resumes are distributed in early December and onsite interviews are planned for February. Interested employers are invited to contact us for more details about recruiting MSA graduates.
The key to seizing on the Big Data opportunity lies in educating and training the workforce around analytics and data science, according to a new report released today by the TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission. The report, “Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government,” provides the government with a comprehensive roadmap to using Big Data to better serve the American people. The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, who served as Academic Co-chair of the commission, stated “The value of big data lies in our ability to extract insights and make better decisions. The acute shortage of analytics professionals and data-savvy managers will be addressed most successfully through creative partnerships between industry, government and universities. There are several efforts underway, but we must intensify and accelerate the national investment in proven models.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute is pleased to announce its practicum sponsors for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013. The projects were selected from a record number of proposal submissions (40). Among the organizations sponsoring projects this year there are several returning from previous years as well as a host of new sponsors, including industry leading firms from across the country, and several state and federal government agencies. Projects come from a wide variety of areas including agriculture, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, sports, and telecommunications. This year’s sponsors are: Read the rest of this entry »
This week the Institute celebrates the opening of its new addition on the fourth floor of the Venture 2 Building. The 6,500 square foot expansion includes offices, student workspaces, computing facilities, and a modern 84-seat classroom to accommodate the recent growth in enrollment in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. Commenting on the occasion, the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, said “The expansion represents the next step in the fulfillment of our vision for analytics. I am very grateful for the generosity of our benefactor, whose strong embrace of this vision helped make the expansion possible, and to the Institute’s dedicated staff, who labored long hours to ensure its timely and successful completion.” Read the rest of this entry »
Congratulations to Paula Braun, Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013, who has been awarded a Selected Professions Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). An Ohio native, Braun graduated summa cum laude from the University of Toledo, where she completed a B.A. in women’s studies and M.S. in mathematics and statistics. Prior to joining the MSA program, Braun worked as an analyst with the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction in Baghdad, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in Kabul. Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute for Advanced Analytics invites interested organizations to submit a proposal to sponsor a student team project for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Practicum. Sponsors identify challenging business problems and share data for their team to analyze. The Institute can accept up to sixteen proposals this year. The proposal submission period is open now through July 31. To learn more about how to submit a proposal, please read the guidelines for Practicum Sponsorship. If you have questions, or would like to discuss a proposal in advance of submission, please feel welcome to contact the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa.
Congratulations to Emily Wisner, Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013, who has been awarded the Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management from the Statistics Division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Wisner is a 2011 valedictorian and summa cum laude B.S. graduate of NC State University, where she majored in Statistics and minored in Mathematics and Biological Sciences.
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke about educating data scientists at the National Research Council (NRC) Symposium on Digital Curation in the Era of Big Data, held today in Washington, DC. The NRC Board on Research Data and Information is conducting a consensus study to understand the trends in workforce needs and educational requirements for careers in the active management and enhancement of digital information assets for current and future use. The study is sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Congratulations to Molly Jones, Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013, who has been awarded the Steve and Jane Warren-Wolfpack Club Graduate Fellowship. Funded through an endowment established by Steve and Jane Warren and the NC State University Wolfpack Club, the Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to the top graduate student at NC State who played a varsity sport as an undergraduate. Jones is a 2010 honors graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill, where she majored in Biostatistics and minored in Mathematics. She was a member of the UNC Varsity Crew Rowing Team.
Today the Institute welcomes to campus 84 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013, the sixth cohort to enter its innovative 10-month program. Commenting on the occasion, the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, said “The Class of 2013 represents a significant milestone in the evolution of the Institute and its MSA program. As the first and largest program of its kind, the preeminence of the MSA degree is grounded in our ability to attract the very best candidates from across the country and around the world. This is an extraordinarily talented and motivated group of individuals, carefully selected from a strong applicant pool. I am delighted to welcome them here and be a partner in their success.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, has been named Academic Co-chair of a newly convened Big Data Commission by the technology industry trade group TechAmerica Foundation in Washington DC. The Commission has been tasked with making recommendations on how to handle the mountains of data that are being generated by various agencies of the federal government. The Administration has recently turned its attention to the topic, announcing a $200 Million Big Data Research and Development Initiative. The 27-member Commission is chaired by Steve Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive, Software and Systems, IBM Corporation and Steve Lucas, Global Executive Vice President and General Manager, SAP Database and Technology. Read the rest of this entry »
Patrick Hall and Scott Sims share this year’s Director’s Prize as the top graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2012. Hall and Sims receive the prize in recognition by their peers of their superior performance throughout the 10-month program. Commenting on the winners, the Institute’s director, Michael Rappa, stated “Patrick and Scott are two individuals with exceptional leadership qualities who earned high praise from their peers throughout the program from beginning to end. They are admired for their dedication, hard work, and optimism in the relentless pursuit of excellence.” Hall is a 2004 graduate in mathematics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Sims is a 2011 summa cum laude graduate in mathematics from NC State. Both have accepted positions with SAS upon graduation.