MSA Class of 2014 Takes Shape

Enrollment of the incoming Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is close to completion. It is the most competitive admission cycle since the MSA program’s inception in 2007, with a record low acceptance rate of 21-percent for the intensive 10-month program. The admissions committee reviewed 468 applications—up 72-percent over the previous year—and interviewed 210 candidates to create the cohort of 85 students. Continue reading “MSA Class of 2014 Takes Shape”

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks at NIH

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was an invited speaker on the topic of Big Data at 2013 Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Festival hosted by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The theme of this year’s event was “Data Science: Unlocking the Power of Big Data,” which drew a large audience and was also broadcast to Continue reading “Director Speaks at NIH”

MSA Job Placement Season Begins

Job placement for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 begins in earnest this month. A total of 77 candidates seeking new employment are set to begin interviewing for positions in the analytics profession. Over the 90-day placement season, the Institute will host information sessions and arrange interviews with as many as 40 to 50 employers representing a wide range of job opportunities, including banking, consumer product goods, energy, financial services, health care, insurance, Internet, management consulting, manufacturing, marketing, public service, retail, and telecommunications. Some of the employers that have scheduled visits and job interviews include: Continue reading “MSA Job Placement Season Begins”

Applications Reach Record High

At the midpoint in the application cycle for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014, the number of applications has already surpassed the all-time high—up 132% over the previous year-to-date total. The surge in applications is attributable to the reputation and uniqueness of the MSA program, now entering its seventh year, and the strong demand for analytics professionals nationwide. The preeminence of the MSA program starts with the quality of its applicant pool, said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa: “We carefully evaluate each and every applicant, Continue reading “Applications Reach Record High”

Prospective Applicants — MSA Class of 2014

The Institute is now reviewing applications for admission to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 for studies commencing in June. Admission to the MSA program is highly competitive. Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of being accepted for admission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all 80 seats are taken. Although the first-round priority deadline has passed for international applicants, including those currently residing in the U.S., non-U.S. citizens may still apply for admission (application materials should be expedited to ensure timely arrival). The Class of 2014 will be the Institute’s seventh MSA cohort since its founding in 2007. For more details regarding application procedures, see: Information for Applicants.

Employers: MSA Resumes Now Available

Looking to hire a data analytics professional in 2013? The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 resume book is now available! Prospective employers interested in reviewing 80 resumes of MSA candidates graduating in May, should please contact us to obtain a copy. The Institute will host employer information sessions through January, and welcomes employers to secure dates for onsite interviews during the month of February. You can also download the MSA Student Profile Book to learn more about our students.

Institute Welcomes New Staff Members

To accommodate the recent doubling of enrollment to 80 students, the Institute is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to its staff. “Attracting talented professionals is key to building a high-performing organization, and I am delighted to welcome this exceptional group of individuals to our team,” said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, at a ceremony today marking the end of fall semester. “As the Institute enters its next phase, the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) has quickly ascended to become one of NC State’s largest and finest graduate degree programs. The success of Continue reading “Institute Welcomes New Staff Members”

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks on Big Data Talent Shortage

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today in Washington, DC with senior IT executives across Federal agencies and state government about the looming talent shortage in Big Data. The panel included Jeff Butler, Director, Research Databases, with the Internal Revenue Service and Micheline Casey, former Chief Data Officer, State of Colorado. This past summer Dr. Rappa served as academic co-chair of TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission, which examined strategies for transforming government through the application of Big Data.