Program Information for New MSA Students

Student Information
The following information is for new students enrolled in the Master of Science in Analytics degree program for the 2014-2015 academic year.


Orientation for the MSA Class of 2015 will begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 and continue through Wednesday, June 24 on Centennial Campus (map). Attendance is mandatory. The orientation will include an introduction to the program and software installations. Enrolled students with questions about the schedule are asked to contact the Academic Program Coordination Team.


The MSA Student Forum is a private Google Group community restricted to students currently enrolled in the MSA program. The purpose of forum is to facilitate the flow of communication among class members and faculty regarding academic, social and professional items of interest. Students will be enrolled in the group soon after acceptance to the program. We will use your NCSU Gmail address when adding you to the group. You will receive a notification by email letting you know you should accept the invitation. Enrolled students with questions about the MSA Student Forum are asked to contact the Academic Program Coordination Team.


The MSA Program Schedule is maintained in Google Calendars. Students will be subscribed to the calendar upon entry into the program using their NCSU Gmail address. The calendar provides a day-to-day schedule of classes, guest lectures, and other important events for MSA students.


Here is a Google Map with key locations in and around campus.


The MSA has an integrated curriculum that spans summer, fall, and spring semesters. Each enrolled MSA student will be contacted regarding a statistical assessment prior to Summer Semester 1.

  • Summer Semester 1: May 18 through June 19, 2015
  • Summer Semester 2:  June 23 through August 14, 2015 (the last day is between August 5 and August 14 depending on when students are scheduled for Communications Training and Certification testing)
  • Fall Semester: August 17 through December 18, 2015
  • Spring Semester: January 6 through April 30, 2016


Commuters who drive to campus are able to park free of charge. Enrolled students will receive instructions on how to activate their parking privileges.

Students can also use the Wolfline, the NC State community’s own bus service. Wolfline buses run every day that classes are in session, serving all three campuses, two park and ride lots, and official NC State housing. Wolfline uses the Transit Visualization System to help you locate your bus on routes online.


MSA students are required to own a laptop computer.  The software used in the MSA program is for Windows only (although Mac or PC laptops are acceptable), and it is very resource intensive. Your laptop needs to withstand heavy daily use, both physically and computationally.

Use the information at the following link to assist you in determining if your laptop meets the requirements, or to assist you in purchasing a new laptop.

Click here for specific recommendations for both PC and Macintosh laptops.


During your first few days with the MSA’s Boot Camp sessions, the Institute’s IT staff will be working with you on the following:

– Ensuring that you have met all system hardware/software requirements

– Creating a backup of your system

– Installing required software.

Your time during the MSA Boot Camp is very structured, and also due to the intensity of the program, IT staff only have a limited amount of time to work with 80+ students.  The pace will be fast as we attempt to install large, intricate software packages as efficiently as possible on a variety of machine types.

It is MANDATORY that your machine meet all of the hardware requirements and that you triple check these bullet points:

  • Your machine is running Windows 7 64-bit.

  • Apple Macintosh users need to have already used the Apple Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows 7 64-bit to a separate partition.

  • You have a supported 64-bit version of Microsoft Office (see the PDFs above)

  • You have backed up your personal files to an external device (e.g. USB hard drive)

Failure to meet these prerequisites will greatly increase the time necessary to make your machine ready for the MSA program, thus causing delays in your ability to perform required tasks.

If you are having difficulty with finding the right hardware, software, or having difficulty running the pre-requisite installations, please contact us at

If you are going to attend the Analytics Primer in person, you should plan to bring your laptop with you as IT staff can work with you on achieving these prerequisites and installing required software prior to the MSA Boot Camp.

If you are not attending the Primer, but will be in the Raleigh area prior to the MSA Boot Camp, it will be greatly beneficial to meet with IT staff early to complete your PC setup.  Contact us to ask any questions or set up a time to meet personally.


Here is an overview of student computing resources at NC State.


The MSA Program is located in the Institute’s main offices in Venture 2, Suite 530, on Centennial Campus (map).  All guests, including new students for whom classes have not yet started, are required to contact the office in advance of any visits. Please call 919-513-3940 for an appointment.


Tuition and fees for NC State University are proposed each year by the UNC Board of Governors and set by state government through its budgetary process. Thus, tuition and fees are subject to incremental change each year. Tuition and fees are charged according to the number of credit hours (with maximum charge per semester based on 9 credit hours).


Students in the MSA program are administratively registered for courses each semester. Students do not register themselves. Upon registration, the semester’s bill for tuition and fees will be automatically sent to each student, who will be notified by e-mail.


There is a voluntary health insurance plan for students who do not already have health insurance coverage, which is provided by a third-party insurance agency. Health insurance is mandatory for international students.


Please consult the NC State Housing Office for information about living on and near campus. Students traveling from other parts of the world can learn more about how to ease the transition to Raleigh with the help of the Graduate School’s New Student Survival Guide. Here are some additional online resources for finding off-campus housing:


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