Student Spotlight: Microsoft Practicum

Three months into their eight-month practicum projects, students in NC State’s Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2021 are deep in the throes of data analysis, applying the techniques they are concurrently learning in the classroom to solve their sponsors’ business problems. In the coming weeks, they will work with Institute faculty and staff to practice and fine-tune the midpoint presentations they’ll deliver to their sponsoring organizations in December. Continue reading

Student Spotlight: Duke Health Practicum

NC State’s Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2021 students, in 24 teams, have commenced their eight-month practicum projects. After signing non-disclosure agreements, teams completed kickoff meetings with their sponsor organizations to better understand the context of the business problems they’ve been tasked with solving. Using the scrum system of project management, Continue reading

Dr. Egan Warren joins faculty

Dr. Sarah Egan Warren has joined the Institute faculty as Teaching Assistant Professor. A full-time member of the Institute’s staff since 2015, Dr. Egan Warren completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development earlier this year before transitioning to the faculty. Previously, Dr. Egan Warren was the Institute’s head of Technical Communication. In her new role, Dr. Egan Warren will guide the Institute’s efforts in positioning the MSA curriculum as a leader in producing data scientists who are highly effective communicators.

Class of ’20 Placement Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which adversely affected the normal placement process for the Class of ’20, the Institute extended its placement process beyond graduation in May and through the summer months. An Addendum to the 2020 Employment Report was released today to summarize the results of the Class of ’20 placement 90-days post post graduation. The Class of ’20 achieved a placement rate of 95%, becoming the thirteenth consecutive cohort to exceed 90% placement since the Institute’s inception in 2007.

Institute Welcomes Class of ’21

The Master of Science in Analytics Class of 2021 arrives this week to begin the summer portion of its 10-month journey. The class is comprised of 125 students selected from a pool of over 1,000 applicants, representing 15 countries of origin and 24 states stretching from Massachusetts to California. The Class of ’21 is the first cohort to matriculate remotely since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Demographic details of the Class of ’21 are provided in our Admissions Report. Continue reading “Institute Welcomes Class of ’21”

2020 Director’s Prize

The Master of Science in Analytics Class of 2020 Director’s Prize was awarded to Sarah Wotus and Jackson Cabell for their outstanding performance during the past year. Both are graduates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sarah earned her B.S.P.H. degree with High Distinction in 2019, majoring in Biostatistics; Jackson earned his B.S., with High Distinction, in 2019, with a double major in Statistics & Analytics and Economics, Continue reading “2020 Director’s Prize”

2020 Employment Report

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) 2020 Employment Report is now available. The Class of ’20 achieved a placement rate at graduation of 79-percent, and the average base salary rose to $99,800—a new record high—with $95,000 for candidates with no prior work experience, and $110,900 for experienced candidates. The Class received 231 offers of employment from 68 employers; 54 employers succeeded in hiring Continue reading “2020 Employment Report”

Teams Kick-off Practicum Projects

Twenty-four student teams in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) held meetings with their sponsors in various locations around the country. The teams spoke with executives to review business objectives and familiarize themselves with the sponsor organization. The Class of 2020 brings the total number of practicum projects to 203, with lead 118 sponsors (and many more participating sponsors) since the Institute’s Continue reading “Teams Kick-off Practicum Projects”

Grads Post University’s Highest Salaries

For the second consecutive year, graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics posted NC State’s highest average salaries and placement rate upon graduation in a ranking of academic units across campus. The data are compiled by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. In the University’s second annual Future Plans Survey for Graduate Students in May, the Institute’s students ranked at the top among the nine colleges with an average reported salary of $101,117 (based on 111 students and a 100% response rate). This compares to an average reported salary of $80,806 for all masters Continue reading “Grads Post University’s Highest Salaries”