MSA Applications Rise Sharply

The Institute is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014—to become the seventh cohort of students admitted to the Institute since its founding in 2007. We anticipate another round of well-qualified applicants seeking to secure one of 80 available seats. Although its still early in the process, applications submitted to date are up 286-percent and application starts are up 87-percent over the same period last year. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis between January and April. The Institute will hold its next MSA information session on November 12.

Harvard Business Review – Big Data Issue

MSA Receives High Praise

Writing in the October issue of Harvard Business Review, Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil give the Institute’s groundbreaking Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program high praise as one of only a few sources of talent with proven strengths in data science alongside Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, and Carnegie Mellon. The HBR special issue on “Big Data” highlights the looming shortage of analytics professionals Continue reading “MSA Receives High Praise”

MSA Class of 2013

Class of 2013 Student Profiles

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 Student Profile Book is now available to download for prospective employers and prospective applicants who wish to learn more about our students. The Institute hosts employer information sessions throughout the Fall semester and in January. Student resumes are distributed in early December and onsite interviews are planned for February. Interested employers are invited to contact us for more details about recruiting MSA graduates.

Big Data Commission Releases Report

The key to seizing on the Big Data opportunity lies in educating and training the workforce around analytics and data science, according to a new report released today by the TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission. The report, “Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government,” provides the government with a comprehensive roadmap to using Big Data to better serve the American people. The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, who served as Academic Co-chair of the commission, stated “The value of big data lies in our ability to extract insights and make better decisions. The acute shortage of analytics professionals and data-savvy managers will be addressed most successfully through creative partnerships between industry, government and universities. There are several efforts underway, but we must intensify and accelerate the national investment in proven models.” Continue reading “Big Data Commission Releases Report”

Practicum Sponsors Announced

The Institute is pleased to announce its practicum sponsors for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013. The projects were selected from a record number of proposal submissions (40). Among the organizations sponsoring projects this year there are several returning from previous years as well as a host of new sponsors, including industry leading firms from across the country, and several state and federal government agencies. Projects come from a wide variety of areas including agriculture, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, sports, and telecommunications. This year’s sponsors are: Continue reading “Practicum Sponsors Announced”

Michael Rappa

Director Keynotes Wake Forest Retreat

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, traveled to historic Pinehurst Resort in the North Carolina Sandhills today at the invitation of the Wake Forest University faculty to be the guest speaker at the annual retreat of the School of Business. Drawing on his experience launching the Master of Science in Analytics, Dr. Rappa spoke about the Continue reading “Director Keynotes Wake Forest Retreat”

Institute Opens New Facility

This week the Institute celebrates the opening of its new addition on the fourth floor of the Venture 2 Building. The 6,500 square foot expansion includes offices, student workspaces, computing facilities, and a modern 84-seat classroom to accommodate the recent growth in enrollment in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. Commenting on the occasion, the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, said “The expansion represents the next step in the fulfillment of our vision for analytics. I am very grateful for the generosity of our benefactor, whose strong embrace of this vision helped make the expansion possible, and to the Institute’s dedicated staff, who labored long hours to ensure its timely and successful completion.” Continue reading “Institute Opens New Facility”

Braun Awarded AAUW Fellowship

Congratulations to Paula Braun, Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013, who has been awarded a Selected Professions Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). An Ohio native, Braun graduated summa cum laude from the University of Toledo, where she completed a B.A. in women’s studies and M.S. in mathematics and statistics. Prior to joining the MSA program, Braun worked as an analyst with the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction in Baghdad, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in Kabul. Continue reading “Braun Awarded AAUW Fellowship”