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Applicant Information
The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) is an intensive 10-month learning experience designed to give students a thorough understanding of the tools, methods, applications and practice of advanced analytics. It is both focused and practical in its orientation, with the goal to provide an education that is directly applicable to a career in industry. The MSA is a novel curriculum consisting of classes developed exclusively for the program. lectureTopics include data mining, text mining, forecasting, optimization, databases, data visualization, data privacy and security, financial analytics, and customer analytics, as well as communication and teamwork skills. Students gain hands-on experience with the same complex tools used in industry today. Team projects are based on analytical problems using real data from sponsoring organizations. Teamwork is heavily emphasized throughout the curriculum. Admission is highly selective. The program admits individuals of exceptional talent and motivation with a strong aptitude for complex data analysis and high propensity for teamwork.

Prerequisites: Past academic studies in mathematics, statistics, engineering, science, computer programming, business, and economics are relevant prerequisites. The degree is suitable for new or recent graduates, as well as experienced professionals (see here for a visual summary of MSA student demographics). About half of MSA applicants have prior graduate education, including MS, MBA and PhD degrees.

Application Deadlines: Applications are reviewed January through April, or until all seats are full. Classes begin each year in late June. If you wish to receive updates, please add your name to our prospective student list. See specific deadlines for domestic and international students in the table below. Note: applications can be submitted in advance of supporting documents, such as recommendation letters and transcripts.

International Applicants: The priority deadline set by the Graduate School is December 15 to ensure full consideration. However, you may apply after this date so long as you expedite your transcripts from foreign universities to ensure timely arrival. International applicants residing in the U.S. are encouraged to apply early as well. Note: applications can (and should) be submitted in advance of supporting documents, such as recommendation letters, transcripts, and language test scores.

Application Process: Learn about how to apply for admission online.

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Is the MSA right for you?

Guide for Prospective ApplicantsBefore you write: Learn more about the MSA degree. Read the Admissions FAQ. If you do not find the answer, send your question to MSA Admissions.

Before you apply: Take a minute to complete our interactive Guide for Prospective Applicants. It will let you know if applying to the MSA program is the right choice for you. Also, look to see if you have taken the necessary prerequisite courses.

Before you visit: Call first for an appointment. We are unable to accommodate unscheduled visits. In most cases appointments are made only after an application is submitted and at our discretion. You may wish to attend an information session. Sessions are held between September and March.


Program Information
Degree: Master of Science in Analytics (MSA)
Year established: 2007
Director: Dr. Michael Rappa
Address: Institute for Advanced Analytics
North Carolina State University
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 530
Raleigh, NC 27606 USA
Phone: +1 (919) 513-1633
Fax: +1 (919) 513-2994
Email: MSA Admissions
Credit hours: 30 (Summer/Fall/Spring)
Format: Full-time, weekday, on-campus only. There is no part-time or online degree format.
Enrollment: 85 students (taught in 2 sections)
Alumni: 255 graduates
Duration: 10-months, beginning each year in the last week of June and ending in the first week of May.
Application: Learn how to apply for admission.
Deadlines: Applications are accepted year round. International applicants should apply by December 15 to meet the Graduate School’s priority deadline, but no later than January 31. All applicants are encouraged to apply early. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Tuition: Estimated cost of tuition and fees for the entire 10-month program is: 

$22,900 for legal residents of North Carolina
$38,600 for non-residents

More information about tuition and fees.

Financial aid: Students are expected to be self-financed through personal savings or educational loans.
STEM designation: The MSA is officially designated as a STEM degree. CIP code 11.0802: Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Entrance exam: Standardized entrance exams such as the GRE or GMAT are not required for admission. Do not submit exam scores as part of your application.
Language: Demonstrated proficiency in English is required for non-native English speakers, with few exceptions.
Prerequisites: See prerequisite courses for applicants.
Resources: Admissions FAQ 

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