Institute Welcomes MSA Class of 2014

The Institute welcomes to campus 85 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014, the seventh cohort to enter its innovative 10-month degree program. Commenting on the occasion, the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, said “The MSA Class of 2014 student profile is record-setting on every dimension and significantly raises the bar on the Institute’s already high admission standards. It is a very talented group and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with them.”

The admissions committee reviewed 467 applications, up over 72-percent from last year. A total of 99 applicants were offered admission; 85 enrolled, five deferred, and nine declined or withdrew enrollment before the start of classes. The highly selective admissions process yielded an acceptance rate of 21-percent. Incoming students represent 13 countries of origin and hail from 20 states coast-to-coast. Over ninety percent of the Class of 2014 are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. More than half have three or more years of prior work experience, and 26-percent hold one or more graduate degrees, including 6 with a MBA and four PhD’s.

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.

TABLE: Profile of the Master of Science in Analytics Class of 2014

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Average age / Median age:
28 / 26
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