Practicum Team

Benchmark Report – April 2022

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 79 and 165 students (the MSA enrollment is 122):

  • Emory University (EU)
  • Indiana University (IU)
  • University of Washington–Seattle (UW)
  • Notre Dame (ND)
  • Georgia Tech (GT)

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

2022 BENCHMARKS

Metrics

MSA

Top-5 MBA Programs

Mean

EU

IU

UW

ND

GT

US News Rank (April 2022)

21

22

22

25

28

Admissions:

Number of Applicants

661

835

915

1173

839

681

569

Acceptance Rate

24%

38%

53%

32%

35%

42%

27%

Enrollment

122

133

165

157

126

137

79

Enrollment Rate

77%

44%

34%

42%

43%

48%

51%

Student Demographics:

% Women Students

37%

34%

29%

33%

39%

33%

36%

% International Students

8%

29%

28%

34%

32%

32%

17%

Age

26

29

28

30

29

27

29

Undergraduate GPA

3.67

3.37

3.36

3.33

3.42

3.34

3.40

Work Experience (mo.)

36

71

71

77

71

65

69

% Work Experience

57%

97%

99%

99%

100%

91%

94%

Employment Outcomes:

% Seeking New Employment

98%

84%

78%

88%

90%

84%

78%

Average Base Salary ($000)

105

126

135

122

130

121

124

Reporting Salary Data

100%

72%

74%

70%

72%

71%

72%

Employed at Graduation

92%

81%

88%

78%

84%

75%

80%

Employed 3-mo. After Graduation

99%

96%

99%

95%

97%

94%

97%

Signing Bonus ($000)

10

30

29

30

39

29

25

Students Receiving Signing Bonus

67%

79%

82%

78%

75%

80%

80%

Costs and ROI:

Tuition and Fees ($000)

50

112

139

110

107

118

86

Tuition and Fees – Residents

27

91

139

61

74

118

63

Average Indebtedness ($000)

34

61

96

57

28

61

NA

Students with Debt

47%

41%

53%

28%

43%

41%

NA

ROI Payback Period (months)

27

33

33

35

28

37

30

ROI Payback Period – Residents

20

29

33

25

23

37

26

MSA

Mean

EM

IU

UW

ND

GT

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