Practicum Team

Benchmark Report

Each year the MSA is measured against leading MBA programs with comparably-sized enrollment on two-dozen metrics using publicly available data. Why MBA programs? Because too few analytics and data science programs publicly disclose student demographics and outcomes with the thoroughness and consistency needed to accurately benchmark. Also, the variation in cohort enrollment size and program formats make comparisons difficult.

MBA programs have a long history of reporting student demographics and outcomes as a part of the annual ranking process conducted by organizations such as U.S. News. The data are reported under clear and consistent guidelines that make a fair benchmark possible. The Institute follows these guidelines in reporting results for the MSA program. Other analytics and data science programs are encouraged to do the same.

The MSA benchmark study is updated each year (in April) with the latest data from U.S. News. The schools used in the study may change from year to year based on the changes in the annual ranking or program cohort sizes.

Selected for comparison are the top-5 highest-ranked MBA programs with similar cohort sizes to the MSA program, enrolling between 85 and 125 students (the MSA enrollment is 115):

  • University of Washington–Seattle (UW)
  • Rice University (RICE)
  • Notre Dame University (ND)
  • Georgia Tech (GT)
  • Ohio State University (OSU)

Based on publicly available data, the following metrics are used:

METRICS
Number of Applicants
Acceptance Rate
Enrollment
Enrollment Rate
% Female Students
% International Students
Length of Work Experience
% Work Experience
Age
Undergraduate GPA
% Seeking Employment
Number Seeking Employment
Average Base Salary
% Reporting Salary Data
% Employed at Graduation
% Employed 3-Months After Graduation
Signing Bonus
% Receiving Signing Bonus
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees – Residents
Average Indebtedness
% Students with Debt
ROI Payback Period
ROI Payback Period – Residents

Practicum Team

2019 BENCHMARKS

Metrics

MSA

Top-5 MBA Programs

Mean

UW

RICE

ND

GT

OSU

US News Rank (April 2019)

21

26

26

29

31

Admissions:

Number of Applicants

1105

637

934

587

579

495

588

Acceptance Rate

14%

39%

35%

40%

48%

35%

36%

Enrollment

115

109

125

118

123

86

94

Enrollment Rate

73%

45%

38%

51%

44%

50%

44%

Student Demographics:

% Women Students

40%

32%

38%

32%

27%

31%

32%

% International Students

16%

26%

27%

27%

27%

31%

32%

Age

26

29

29

29

29

28

29

Undergraduate GPA

3.59

3.37

3.31

3.32

3.36

3.40

3.44

Work Experience (mo.)

40

65

73

66

65

57

65

% Work Experience

62%

97%

100%

98%

96%

94%

99%

Employment Outcomes:

% Seeking New Employment

98%

87%

93%

81%

92%

95%

75%

Average Base Salary ($000)

107

110

118

113

111

112

97

Reporting Salary Data

95%

77%

83%

77%

74%

83%

67%

Employed at Graduation

95%

79%

85%

74%

73%

85%

80%

Employed 3-mo. After Graduation

99%

96%

99%

95%

90%

97%

97%

Signing Bonus ($000)

12

26

39

26

23

21

22

Students Receiving Signing Bonus

79%

73%

76%

65%

81%

82%

62%

Costs and ROI:

Tuition and Fees ($000)

47

104

101

119

109

82

107

Tuition and Fees – Residents

27

64

70

60

61

Average Indebtedness ($000)

34

56

29

72

65

64

50

Students with Debt

44%

40%

45%

36%

54%

27%

39%

ROI Payback Period (months)

25

44

33

44

44

37

61

ROI Payback Period – Residents

20

35

27

46

32

MSA

Mean

UW

RICE

ND

GT

OSU

Source of business school data: U.S. News

Applicants – Acceptance Rate
Enrollment – Enrollment Rate
Women – International Rate
Prior Work Experience
Age – GPA
Grads Seeking Employment
Average Base Salary
Employed at Graduation
Signing Bonuses
Tuition and Fees
Indebtedness
Return on Investment


Annual Benchmark Report

The Annual Benchmark Report is updated and made available each year in April.

Practicum Team