Hats off to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015! With commencement a few days away, the Institute is delighted to report its second consecutive year of 100-percent job placement before graduation. All 84 students searching for new employment secured well-paying positions in the analytics profession. Average base salaries for candidates with less than 3 years of prior work experience increased to $90,900; those with 3 or more years of prior experience saw average salaries increase to $103,600. Overall students had an average of 12 initial job interviews and 3 offers of employment. Major employers new this year include Dell, Disney, Fidelity Investments, Florida Blue, and Liberty Mutual. Fourteen industry segments were represented among those hiring, with software/internet, consulting, and financial services (banking and insurance) being the most common. All students obtained employment in the U.S., in cities distributed across sixteen states from coast to coast. After North Carolina, the most common destinations were Massachusetts, New York, Florida, and the DC metro area (including Maryland and Northern Virginia).
“Once again MSA students have proven themselves to be the kind of analytics talent employers want most to hire,” said Dr. Michael Rappa, the Institute’s director. “They’ve done exceedingly well, and it’s gratifying to see them launch their new careers in such an exciting array of opportunities. If there’s one facet of the Institute we value most, it’s the professional success of our students.”
Measured in terms of student outcomes, the Institute has an unparalleled track record among analytics graduate degree programs. The Class of 2015 is the eighth cohort since the Institute’s inception to attain 90-percent or higher placement by graduation. The complete Employment Report for the Class of 2015 will be available in May.
(left to right) Leigh Ward, William Lucas, team leader Justin Feerhusen, Remy Welch and Jeffrey Mullahey celebrate completion of their practicum project with Eastman Chemical.