Tuition for the 10-month Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree covers 30 credit hours of required course work spread over three semesters (summer, fall and spring with credits distributed 6-12-12). Included in the cost of tuition, the program provides students with most of the required textbooks, software and other study materials they need to complete their degree.
Tuition and fees are set each year with the approval of the North Carolina Legislature. The rates are typically posted in late spring and should provide incoming students with a close estimate of what the cost will be for the coming year (current estimates are provided in the table below). Legal residents of North Carolina are partially subsidized by the State of North Carolina and therefore pay a reduced rate.
Health insurance is separate and not included in the required fees.
The MSA program also offers online prerequisite courses and a mandatory 4-week primer course prior to the formal start of classes. The tuition for course work prior to the start of the program is not included in the tables below.
Note about MSA tuition: The MSA learning experience is designed to be completed in the shortest period of time possible, while still providing students with an education of exceptional value. When the MSA was launched in 2007, its 10-month format had the effect of reducing tuition by about half the cost relative to conventional 2-year, 30-credit hour master of science degrees at NC State (because tuition charges are tiered by semester, and not simply by credit hours taken). While this had the advantage of making the degree very inexpensive at first, the program nonetheless had the same instructional contact hour requirement and operating cost structure of the normal 2-year, 30-credit M.S. degree.
In 2010, the university approved a tuition premium to normalize the cost of the MSA with other 30-credit degrees on campus. In 2011 and 2012, the tuition premium was further extended to help cover the cost of leasing the Institute’s facilities. Because of the unique cohort structure of the program, the Institute operates out of dedicated facilities that are reserved for the exclusive use of MSA students.
Today, the premium makes MSA tuition slightly higher than conventional 2-year M.S. degrees on campus. Nonetheless, MSA tuition is comparatively low given the Institute’s proven track record of student outcomes relative to the average of our peer MS and MBA program benchmarks.