Alec and Lucia, MSA Class of 2018Since its inception in 2007, the MSA has attained an unparalleled track record for placing graduates in the Analytics professionAre you seeking an education with a strong return on investment that will set you on the right career path? The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) is a cost-effective program with rapid time to completion and a proven track record. Job placement rates have exceeded 90-percent at graduation in each of the last eleven consecutive years. Benchmark studies of starting salaries and placement rates show MSA student outcomes rival, if not surpass those of comparable programs at other leading universities. The ROI payback period is estimated to be 20 months on average.

Professional development and career services are an integral part of the MSA experience, including assistance with resume writing, interview and presentation skills, and professional networking. All career services are staffed and coordinated by the Institute and provided exclusively to MSA students. Dozens of employers visit the Institute each semester with the sole purpose of interviewing our students. Most job interviews are conducted on campus and arranged with the assistance of the Institute.

If becoming a data scientist is your aspiration, let your choice of where to study be a data-driven decision. The Institute was founded on a principle of transparency in providing prospective applicants with relevant data on student outcomes. We believe in letting the numbers speak for themselves. The employment report is a complete and carefully curated census of our annual placement results. It is published promptly upon graduation each year. We invite you to download the employment report and to inquire with any questions you may have about it.

Christopher, Malorie and Kate, MSA Class of 2016 with April Wilson, Head of Career Services

Placement results for Class of 2018 reported as of May 15, 2018 (Graduation)
Total number of graduates (96.5% degree completion rate):
Graduates seeking new employment:
Candidates with one or more offers by graduation:
Candidates placed by graduation:
Number of employers interviewing (number interviewing onsite):
156 (55)
Median number of initial job interviews:
Median number of offers of employment:
Job placements facilitated by the Institute:
Estimated ROI payback period:
20 months
Number of reported job offers:
Job placements based in North Carolina:
Job placements based in U.S.:
Candidates reporting job offer data:

Placement Highlights

Experience Level: All 0 Years 1-2 Years 3+ Years All
$98,200 $92,000 $100,300 $106,700 $11,750
$95,000 $88,000 $99,000 $105,000 $10,000
75th Percentile:
$106,250 $100,000 $105,000 $115,000 $15,000
25th Percentile:
$87,500 $84,000 $90,000 $96,000 $5,300
$145,000 $125,000 $121,500 $145,000 $42,500
$72,500 $72,500 $87,500 $87,500 $2,500
100 51 16 33 79
% Reporting:
100% 51% 16% 33% 79%

Michael, Ashley, Alex, Cindy and Daniel, MSA Classes of 2018

Advance Auto Parts
Altria Client Services
Ankura Consulting Group*
Bain & Company*
Bank of America
Beghou Consulting
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Capital One
Cardinal Solutions
Clarity Insights
Digital Roots
Elder Research*
Eli Lilly*
Epic Games
Fidelity Investments*
Fifth Third Bank*
John Deere
JPMorgan Chase*
Lincoln Financial Group
Live Oak Bank
Lowe’s Home Improvement*
M&T Bank
National Air & Space Intelligence Center
PenFed Credit Union
PointSource / Globant
Putnam Investments
Red Hat*
Red Ventures*
Royal Bank of Canada*
RTI International
Siemens Digital Factory
Slalom Consulting*
Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command
Syneos Health
Syntelli Solutions
The Home Depot
The Rams Club – Carolina Athletics
UNC Healthcare
Wells Fargo
Whole Foods
Bold denotes employers that succeeded in hiring one or more candidates, and (*) for employers that hired more than one candidate. The list does not include agencies of the federal government making conditional offers of employment.

Notes: Data with respect to salaries and bonuses are self-reported by graduates (without anonymity) and whenever possible verified by employers in cases where placement is arranged by the Institute (i.e., most candidates). Three graduates were international Fulbright Scholars and were required to return to their home countries; one will remain temporarily in the U.S. to work before returning home. All other job placements are full-time paid positions.

Data are made public here to guide prospective students and employers. Annual base salary figures do not include signing bonuses, relocation allowances or other forms of one-time compensation guaranteed upon signing. Contracts, conditional job offers (i.e., those requiring security clearance prior to employment) or other public sector employment are not included in salary data (n=3). As a STEM-qualified degree, international MSA graduates are eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

DISCLAIMER: The Institute has a proven track record for placing graduates in the analytics profession, but it does not under any circumstance offer a guarantee of employment upon completion of the MSA degree.

Types of Positions Filled

Here’s a sample of where our graduates are employed today. To learn more about the success of our community of graduates, see the annual MSA Alumni Report.

Student Placement Visualization Tool

Below each circle represents a graduate by class year. Connected circles represent a group of graduates with a common demographic property. Changing the demographic to visualize in the pull-down menu will rearrange the circles in the graph to match the demographic distributions. Hold and drag circles to change their positions. Use the calendar bar to select a particular class year or a span across multiple years.

Variable Description
Work Experience
Having 3 or more years of professional work experience.
Degree Level
Bachelor; Advanced (e.g., MS, MBA, PhD)
NC Residency
Legal residency in North Carolina prior to entry.
Institute Placed
Institute directly involved in the student’s job placement.
Job Interviews
The number of first-round job interviews with employers.
Job Offers
The number of job offers received.
Employed at Graduation
Students accepting a job offer prior to graduation date.
Position Type
Major types of job positions graduates accept for employment.
Major industry segments in which graduates are employed.
Geographic distribution of employment by U.S. Census region.
Starting Salary
Annual base starting salary (not including signing bonus).
Signing Bonus
One-time compensation for signing, including relocation packages.
Inflation-Adj. Salary
Starting salary adjusted for inflation (2018 dollars).

Data Scientist Job Tracker

The following chart provides real-time data on the number of job postings in the U.S. for entry-level data scientists with salaries of $80,000 or higher posted in the past 30-days. While “data scientist” job openings are only a subset of a larger category of positions for which our students typically qualify (download the MSA Employment Report for more details), the data may provide a good barometer of the overall employment conditions for analytics professionals. It’s to be expected the trend in job postings will have seasonality.

Many articles written about the abundance of high-paying jobs for data scientists typically overestimate the number of openings by reporting all posted open positions. By restricting search queries to entry-level positions, recently posted (within 30-days), and with an expected salary level above $80,000 (M.S. or Ph.D. required), the data here provide a more accurate estimate of the employment market facing new graduates from masters programs. Our research shows that a naive query (without restrictions) will overestimate the number of open positions by a factor of ten. (See more data highlighting the employment market for data scientists.)

Annual Employment Report

Employment reports for each graduating class provide additional information about hiring employers and types of positions filled.

Timothy, Leigh Ann, William, Mallika and Hylan, MSA Class of 2016