Institute Welcomes Class of 2013

Today the Institute welcomes to campus 84 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013, the sixth cohort to enter its innovative 10-month program. Commenting on the occasion, the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, said “The Class of 2013 represents a significant milestone in the evolution of the Institute and its MSA program. As the first and largest program of its kind, the preeminence of the MSA degree is grounded in our ability to attract the very best candidates from across the country and around the world. This is an extraordinarily talented and motivated group of individuals, carefully selected from a strong applicant pool. I am delighted to welcome them here and be a partner in their success.”

The admissions committee reviewed 272 applications, up over 64-percent from last year. A total of 96 applicants were offered admission; five declined and seven withdrew enrollment before the start of classes. The admissions process yielded a competitive acceptance rate of 35-percent. Incoming students represent 13 countries of origin and hail from 14 states coast-to-coast. Over eighty percent of the Class of 2013 are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Seventy percent have prior work experience, and over 40-percent hold one or more graduate degrees, including 8 with a MBA, one PhD, and one JD.

The Institute’s Master of Science in Analytics prepares data savvy professionals for leadership in a digital world. Founded in 2007, it is the first program of its kind and a model for others across the country.

TABLE: Profile of the Master of Science in Analytics  Class of 2013

Number of students:
Percent who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents:
Percent who are North Carolina residents:
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Percent previously employed full-time:
Average / Median age:
29 / 26
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