MSA Class of 2018

Master of Science in Analytics – Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply?

The purpose of applying is precisely to determine an applicant’s eligibility. Take the time to carefully read the information for applicants, which contains an abundance of helpful details to guide you through the admissions process.

Is the MSA available as a part time or distance program?

The MSA is an intensive, cohort-based learning experience, offered only as a full time program on campus. Our student’s success can be attributed to a great extent to the campus-based format, which requires full immersion in study.

Can I register for AA courses if I have not been accepted into the program?

No. All courses that are part of the MSA degree curriculum are restricted to students accepted into the program.

Can I start the MSA during the fall or spring semesters?

No. Our program is based on a cohort model. Each year’s class begins in the second summer session and completes the program the following spring term.

Can I transfer credits from prior coursework toward the MSA?

We do not accept transfer credits. All students must complete the MSA 30-credit hour curriculum. Additional elective courses are not permitted while completing the degree.

Can I complete the MSA over two years instead of one?

As a cohort program, all MSA students begin and complete the program at the same time. There is no year-to-year carryover of students.

When are classes held?

Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Students are involved in team exercises and other program activities when not in class and, therefore, do not schedule other commitments during these hours.

What is a cohort-based program?

A learning cohort is a group of students who move through their courses and related learning experiences together from the beginning of their program of study to its completion. The interpersonal and group interactions of the cohort are critical aspects of the learning experience, as the camaraderie and group norms that evolve in cohort programs enhance and support student success. Cohort learning also prepares students for employers who value teamwork and collaboration.

How can I find out more about the MSA program?

The Institute’s website is the most complete source of information on the program. Review it carefully. If you need more information, then sign-up to speak with an admissions consultant.

What are the requirements/prerequisites for admission?

Do I need to complete all prerequisites before applying to the program?

You may submit your application concurrent with prerequisite class attendance. You should inform us of any coursework you are taking and will need to provide a transcript once you have completed the course.

What criteria do you use to make admission decisions?

Admission to the program is highly selective. Decisions are based on a combination of the factors including:

  • Required prerequisites are met;
  • Demonstrated high aptitude for quantitative analysis and academic success as evidenced by undergraduate and graduate coursework, and work experience;
  • Professional or other experience that suggests a propensity for teamwork;
  • Maturity, self-initiative and leadership potential;
  • Career aspirations that align with the program’s mission.

Although past academic performance is important, high grades are a necessary but not sufficient condition for admission.

Am I required to take the GRE or GMAT?

The GRE or GMAT is not required for admission. Do not submit scores. They will not be considered as part of the admission process.

As an international student, am I required to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

What are the deadlines for application submission?

Applications are accepted year round. International applicants should apply no later than January 31. Domestic applicants should apply before April 1. Applicants are encouraged to apply early (international applicants by December 15, and domestic applicants by March 1). Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis until all seats are filled. Applicants who apply early are at an advantage in gaining admission.

Do I have to have all of my recommendation letters, transcripts and scores before I submit my application?

No. You can submit your application and send other materials later, but please note that an applicant file will not be sent to the admissions committee for review until all supporting documents are received

Will you notify me if something is missing from my application?

Applicants are responsible to request and send in supporting documents. We will acknowledge receipt of your application and will make an effort to contact you if your application is incomplete as the application deadline approaches. You may also log in to the online application system and view the items that have been received by the Graduate School.

What is the required length of an applicant’s Personal Statement?

There is no specific length requirement. The typical essay is between 1-2 pages long. We are less interested in a narrative of your educational and/or work history, and more so in your interest in our program and aspirations.

Are interviews required?

Applicants are selected to interview based on the quality of the completed application. Admission will not be offered until a candidate has completed a personal interview with at least one member of our Admissions Committee. If you are chosen to interview, you will receive an email that describes the process for scheduling an interview and the date by which the interview must be completed. Usually interviews are conducted at the Institute; if this is not possible, other arrangements will be made.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

Applicants residing outside the U.S., who apply by December 15, will receive a decision by March 1 at the latest. All other applicants with complete application packages will receive a decision by May 1 at the latest.

How will I receive an admission decision?

You will receive an email to notify you that a decision recommendation is available in the ApplyYourself system, as well as a letter from the Dean of the Graduate School with the official decision. To protect student confidentiality, we do not provide admission decisions over the telephone. All admissions decisions are final.

May I reapply if I am denied admission?

If you are denied admission, you may reapply to the program in the future. We hold all application materials for one year, so you will not need to resubmit transcripts or test scores, unless these have changed, if you apply the following year. We do not encourage re-submissions.

How much does the MSA cost?

Is financial aid available?

MSA students are normally self-financed through personal savings or educational loans. You may apply for federal subsidized and unsubsidized direct loans, and if qualified, for fellowships, and other awards offered through the Graduate School. As a ten-month intensive program, the tuition and fee costs for the program are considerably lower than M.S. degrees requiring registration for four or more semesters. Regrettably, the MSA program itself does not have the financial resources to accommodate prospective students who require a fully-subsidized education.

Do you offer graduate (teaching or research) assistantships?


Can I work while pursuing the MSA?

No. The MSA is an intensive full time learning experience. Students typically spend 60-hours per week on MSA-related activities. Students should not attempt to hold a job while completing the degree. Students who do can place themselves in jeopardy of failing the program. Job responsibilities that interfere with school work are unacceptable, and grounds for termination from the program.

Is it possible to receive an application fee refund?


What additional expenses can I expect to incur while I am a student?

How do I qualify for North Carolina Residency?

Where can I find more information for international students?

Does the MSA program offer job placement assistance?

Yes. Over 90-percent of MSA graduates seeking employment are placed with the Institute’s assistance.

Who employs MSA graduates and for what positions do MSA graduates qualify?

What is the average salary for MSA graduates?

What is the employment outlook for international MSA students seeking jobs in the U.S.?

The economy and other factors may create obstacles to U.S. employment that cannot be predicted. Some employers, but not all, cannot or choose not to hire non-citizens. However, to date, 97-percent of MSA alumni are employed in the U.S. International students with the MSA degree are eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). See the Employment Report for the latest information about student outcomes.