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Benchmark Studies

Each year the MSA is benchmarked against leading MBA programs with comparably-sized enrollment on two-dozen metrics using publicly available data. Why MBA programs? Because too few analytics and data science programs publicly disclose student demographics and outcomes with the thoroughness and consistency needed to accurately benchmark. Also, varying enrollments and formats make it is difficult to compare the MSA to other analytics and data science programs.

MBA programs have a long history of reporting student demographics and outcomes as a part of the annual ranking process conducted by organizations such as U.S. News. The data are reported under clear and consistent guidelines that make a fair benchmark possible. The Institute follows these guidelines in reporting results for the MSA program. Other analytics and data science programs are encouraged to do the same.

The MSA benchmark study is updated each year (in June) with the latest data from U.S. News. The schools used in the study may change from year to year based on the changes in the annual ranking or program cohort sizes.

The rank order (and cohort size) of the MBA programs selected for the 2017 benchmark are shown below. The highest ranked MBA programs (20th or above) have large full-time cohorts (180-900 students). The highest ranked MBA programs with similar cohort sizes to the MSA fall between 21st and 29th in the ranking. Programs eliminated from the analysis (shown in gray) have cohorts sizes that are either smaller or larger (<100 or >150).

18. UNC— Chapel Hill (Kenan- Flagler) / 298
19. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) / 207
20. Emory University (Goizueta) / 181
21. Georgetown University (McDonough) / 287
21. Indiana University (Kelley) / 185
21. Washington University in St. Louis (Olin) / 128
24. University of Southern California (Marshall) / 228
25. Arizona State University (Carey) / 119
25. Vanderbilt University (Owen) / 175
27. Ohio State University (Fisher) / 92
27. University of Washington (Foster) / 125
29. Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) / 80
29. Rice University (Jones) / 110
29. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) / 121
32. Temple University (Fox) / 40
32. University of Minnesota— Twin Cities (Carlson) / 104

Selected for comparison in 2017 are the top-5 highest-ranked MBA programs with similar cohort sizes to the MSA program, enrolling between 110 and 130 students:

  • Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL)
  • Arizona State University (ASU)
  • University of Washington–Seattle (UW)
  • Rice University (RICE)
  • Notre Dame University (ND)

Based on publicly available data, the following metrics are used to benchmark the MSA against the top-5 comparably-sized MBA programs:

METRICS
Number of Applicants
Acceptance Rate
Enrollment
Enrollment Rate
% Female Students
% International Students
Length of Work Experience
% Work Experience
Age
Undergraduate GPA
% Seeking Employment
Number Seeking Employment
Average Base Salary
% Reporting Salary Data
% Employed at Graduation
% Employed 3-Months After Graduation
Signing Bonus
% Receiving Signing Bonus
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees – Residents
Average Indebtedness
% Students with Debt
ROI Payback Period
ROI Payback Period – Residents

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2017 BENCHMARKS

Metrics

MSA

Top-5 MBA Programs

Mean

WUSTL

ASU

UW

RICE

ND

US News Rank (April 2017)

21

25

27

29

29

Number of Applicants

1140

1036

1579

1159

1032

764

647

Acceptance Rate

13%

27%

30%

14%

24%

27%

41%

Enrollment

120

120

128

119

125

110

121

Enrollment Rate

82%

50%

27%

71%

51%

54%

46%

% Women Students

43%

33%

32%

37%

38%

30%

26%

% International Students

10%

31%

37%

29%

36%

26%

26%

Age

26

28

28

29

29

28

27

Undergraduate GPA

3.63

3.43

3.46

3.54

3.38

3.42

3.37

Work Experience (mo.)

48

66

60

72

72

65

61

% Work Experience

56%

96%

90%

98%

99%

95%

96%

% Seeking New Employment

96%

88%

76%

95%

96%

90%

84%

Average Base Salary ($000)

101

107

103

103

112

112

104

Reporting Salary Data

99%

81%

79%

85%

85%

78%

79%

Employed at Graduation

95%

79%

79%

79%

85%

75%

76%

Employed 3-mo. After Graduation

99%

92%

96%

95%

98%

81%

90%

Signing Bonus ($000)

13

23

20

20

29

26

22

Students Receiving Signing Bonus

74%

73%

62%

71%

75%

71%

87%

Tuition and Fees ($000)

47

102

112

88

94

112

102

Tuition and Fees – Residents

27

59

54

65

Average Indebtedness ($000)

36

58

72

50

32

60

74.0

Students with Debt

44%

48%

61%

34%

63%

40%

42%

ROI Payback Period (months)

26

47

54

48

39

43

50

ROI Payback Period – Residents

21

36

39

32

Source of business school data: U.S. News

Applicants – Acceptance Rate
Enrollment – Enrollment Rate
Women – International Rate
Prior Work Experience
Age – GPA
Grads Seeking Employment
Average Base Salary
Employed at Graduation
Signing Bonuses
Tuition and Fees
Indebtedness
Return on Investment


Annual Benchmark Report

The Annual Benchmark Report is updated and made available each year in June.

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