About the Institute

About the MSA
Welcome to the Institute for Advanced Analytics, home to the nation’s first Master of Science in Analytics degree program. This is where data meets the future.
The Institute for Advanced Analytics has been preparing data savvy professionals for leadership in a digital world since 2007. Our mission is to produce the world’s finest practitioners of analytics — individuals who have mastered complex methods and tools for large-scale data modeling, who have a passion for solving challenging problems through teamwork, who are guided by intellectual curiosity, honesty and integrity, and who strive to attain the highest level of professionalism through continuous self-improvement.

The goal of analytics is to derive and effectively communicate actionable insights from a vast quantity and variety of data. It covers a broad spectrum of activities, including data management and quality, mathematical and statistical methods for data modeling, and techniques for visualizing data in support of enterprise-wide decision making. Driving analytics is the unprecedented amount of data available today. There is a pressing need for professionals with strong quantitative skills coupled with an understanding of how analytics can be applied with speed and accuracy to the critical challenges facing organizations.

Founded at North Carolina State University, the Institute is housed in modern facilities located on the university’s picturesque 1,200-acre Centennial Campus. It serves as the focal point for a university-wide, interdisciplinary collaboration among a large number of faculty. The Institute’s flagship program is the nation’s first Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree. The MSA is an intensive, full-time, 10-month learning experience with an innovative curriculum developed exclusively for students in the program. It is NC State’s leading master’s degree measured in terms of student outcomes and its graduates are among the university’s most sought-after and highly compensated. Benchmark studies place the MSA in the ranks of comparable master’s degrees at the nation’s most prestigious universities. The success of the MSA has made it a model for other schools across the country.

Admission to the MSA program is highly competitive. The Institute accepts as few as one-in-eight applicants to enroll 85 students each year. In addition to being NC State’s most selective graduate program, it is also one of the largest and fastest growing. Among one-hundred fields of study, the MSA ranks in the top-10 in terms of the number of graduate degrees awarded annually by the university.

As with all accredited graduate degrees at NC State, the MSA is granted under the auspices of The Graduate School. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, NC State is the largest university in North Carolina and one of 16 institutions constituting the multi-campus University of North Carolina system. NC State is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the American Council on Education, the Council of Graduate Schools, the National Commission on Accrediting, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Institute gratefully acknowledges the generosity of SAS, which provided a gift to the university to support curriculum development by our faculty. The Institute works closely with SAS and many employers across the country to enhance our curriculum and maintain its practical relevancy.

Interested individuals of exceptional talent and motivation are invited to apply for admission.

Employers seeking to hire analytics professionals are welcome to contact us. We will be glad to work with you.

The Institute is led by its founding director, Professor Michael Rappa.


Historical Timeline
Date
Milestone
06/20/2005
Dr. Rappa proposes the Institute for Advanced Analytics.
04/05/2006
Dr. Rappa proposes the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA).
06/01/2006
Provost appoints Dr. Rappa to launch Analytics Initiative.
07/12/2006
SAS provides gift to support MSA curriculum development.
02/09/2007
UNC Board of Governors authorizes MSA degree.
04/20/2007
NC State Board of Trustees establishes the Institute.
07/09/2007
24 students enroll in the inaugural MSA Class of 2008.
05/10/2008
First cohort of MSA candidates graduate to full employment.
11/01/2008
Institute opens current facility with capacity for 40 students.
04/15/2010
MSA curriculum granted permanent status.
02/14/2011
Proposal made to double MSA enrollment capacity.
09/16/2011
Institute’s expansion approved by Board of Trustees.
06/27/2012
Institute welcomes 84 students in the MSA Class of 2013.
08/15/2012
Institute opens new addition to facility.
04/01/2012
SAS provides gift in support of MSA program expansion.
01/02/2013
Institute increases full-time faculty and staff to 12 members.
04/24/2013
Director gives Congressional testimony about success of MSA.
04/15/2014 Applications for admission to Class of 2015 nears 800.
05/01/2014 Job placement tops 90% by graduation for 7th consecutive year with record high average salaries.

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