Alec and Lucia, MSA Class of 2018We seek highly motivated and talented individuals who want to elevate their career to the next level. Ready for a new challenge? Let the journey begin now.

Admission to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) is highly selective; however, we admit students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our annual Admissions Report provides details on our student demographics.

While an applicant’s past academic performance is important, our admissions committee bases its decisions on a combination of factors including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Applicant’s career aspirations align with the program mission;
  • Applicant holds a bachelor’s degree from or is in the final year of undergraduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university or its foreign equivalent;
  • Applicant has completed (or is currently completing) the prerequisite courses;
  • Applicant has experience with coding in one or more languages (note: there are numerous online resources for developing coding skills, many of them free or at low cost);
  • Applicant demonstrates a strong aptitude for complex quantitative analysis and academic success as evidenced by undergraduate coursework and (if applicable) graduate coursework and/or work experience;
  • Applicant’s past professional or other experiences suggest a propensity for teamwork;
  • Applicant demonstrates maturity, self-initiative, and leadership potential;
  • Applicant meets the English proficiency requirements.

We do not consider scores from standardized entrance exams such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as part of the MSA admissions process.

We require all applicants to whom we are considering offering admission to have an interview with our admissions committee. A member of our team will contact you to schedule an interview, to be held here at the Institute or by video conference.


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MSA Class of 2018 Practicum Team

Degree: Master of Science in Analytics (MSA)
Year established: 2007
Director: Michael Rappa, Ph.D.
Address: Institute for Advanced Analytics
North Carolina State University
901 Main Campus Drive, Suite 230
Raleigh, NC 27606 USA
Main Phone:
+1 (919) 513-1633
+1 (919) 515-6255
Email: MSA Admissions
Credit hours: 30 (Summer/Fall/Spring)
Format: Full-time, weekday, on-campus only. There is no part-time or online degree format.
Enrollment: 120 students (taught in two 60-seat sections)
Student Profile: See annual Admissions Report
Alumni: 761 graduates
Duration: 10-months, beginning the last week of June and ending the first week of May.
Application: Learn how to apply for admission.
Deadlines: We are currently accepting applications for the MSA Class of 2020, which begins studies in June 2019. International applicants should apply by December 15 to meet the Graduate School’s priority deadline. Domestic applicants should apply by March 15. All available seats are filled by the end of April.
Financial aid: 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 NC State’s Graduate School. As a 10-month intensive program, the tuition and fees for the MSA are considerably lower than master’s degrees requiring registration for four or more semesters. While, of course, we understand your desire to minimize the amount you’ll need to borrow, we believe the MSA program is an investment in your future with a well-documented return.
STEM designation: The MSA is officially designated as a STEM degree. CIP code 11.0802: Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Entrance exam: We do not consider scores from standardized entrance exams such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as part of the MSA admissions process.
Language: Demonstrated proficiency in English is required for non-native English speakers, with few exceptions.
Prerequisites: See prerequisite courses for applicants.
Enrollment deferrals: Requests to defer enrollment are approved only in rare cases, and are limited to 12 months.
Frequently Asked Questions: Admissions FAQ
Admissions Consultation: Request an appointment to speak with a member of our admissions team.
Other resources: Graduate School
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