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 74 and 144 students (the MSA enrollment is 124):

  • Carnegie Mellon (CMU)
  • University of Washington–Seattle (UW)
  • Indiana University (IU)
  • Emory University (EU)
  • University of Minnesota (UMN)

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

2021 BENCHMARKS

Metrics

MSA

Top-5 MBA Programs

Mean

CMU

UW

IU

EU

UMN

US News Rank (April 2021)

16

22

23

26

28

Admissions:

Number of Applicants

1028

1008

2071

833

728

1067

342

Acceptance Rate

15%

42%

28%

41%

43%

46%

54%

Enrollment

124

112

141

110

92

145

74

Enrollment Rate

81%

31%

25%

32%

30%

29%

40%

Student Demographics:

% Women Students

37%

33%

30%

35%

34%

30%

37%

% International Students

10%

26%

32%

25%

31%

28%

14%

Age

25

29

28

29

29

28

29

Undergraduate GPA

3.66

3.30

3.32

3.38

3.32

3.00

3.48

Work Experience (mo.)

23

70

65

90

66

65

66

% Work Experience

53%

97%

96%

100%

99%

98%

93%

Employment Outcomes:

% Seeking New Employment

97%

91%

93%

94%

87%

87%

93%

Average Base Salary ($000)

111

125

135

125

120

130

117

Reporting Salary Data

99%

74%

82%

78%

75%

79%

75%

Employed at Graduation

79%

78%

81%

81%

76%

77%

77%

Employed 3-mo. After Graduation

95%

89%

87%

94%

86%

90%

88%

Signing Bonus ($000)

10

30

33

36

26

28

28

Students Receiving Signing Bonus

81%

78%

91%

72%

85%

78%

66%

Costs and ROI:

Tuition and Fees ($000)

50

121

142

107

107

136

112

Tuition and Fees – Residents

28

100

142

73

60

134

90

Average Indebtedness ($000)

38

59

NA

32

59

87

NA

Students with Debt

45%

49%

NA

50%

50%

47%

NA

ROI Payback Period (months)

24

35

33

31

36

35

39

ROI Payback Period – Residents

18

31

33

25

27

35

34

 

MSA

Mean

CMU

UW

IU

EU

UMN

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.

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