Michael Rappa

Director Gives Invited Talk at GWU

The century-old mainstay of business education may be showing its age, says the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa. In the following presentation based on a talk delivered at George Washington University School of Business, Dr. Rappa makes the case for why the generic MBA degree may be out of sync with the skill sets needed to compete in a rapidly changing business world. Contrasting the recent demise of Kodak, Continue reading “Director Gives Invited Talk at GWU”

MSA Class of 2012 Salary Offers Up 10%

Record high salary offers have earned the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2012 the distinction of being the most sought-after MSA cohort since the Institute’s inception in 2007. Thirty-eight candidates seeking employment logged a record-breaking 591 initial job interviews with 54 employers during the placement period that started in January—an average of 15 interviews per student. Ninety-seven percent of the Class of 2012 received one or more offers of employment, and most have already accepted their new positions. This marks the fifth straight year the Institute will place over 90-percent of its graduates by commencement despite hard economic times. The average base salary offer registered an increase of 10-percent to $89,300. Continue reading “MSA Class of 2012 Salary Offers Up 10%”

Employer Demand Remains Strong

Next month the Institute will begin job placement for 38 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2012. Already 40 employers have scheduled dates to visit the Institute to interview students in January alone. About two-thirds of the employers are returning to the Institute once again after recruiting MSA graduates in previous class years. The employers represent many sectors of the economy, including banking and financial services, consulting, energy, healthcare, Internet and social media, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, telecom and computers. Continue reading “Employer Demand Remains Strong”

Institute Welcomes New Board Members

The Institute is delighted to announce the addition of six new members to the Executive Advisory Board at its winter meeting today, bringing the total membership to fifteen. The Board convenes twice each year to provide strategic guidance to the Institute and its pioneering Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. “We are fortunate to have this esteemed group to help guide the Institute,” said its director, Dr. Michael Rappa. “Our students will benefit from the depth of their experience and insight into the real world practice of analytics.” The new members Continue reading “Institute Welcomes New Board Members”


Students Named SAS Ambassadors

Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree candidates Patrick Hall and Ryan Snyder have been named SAS Student Ambassadors. Hall and Snyder were recognized for their work in combining Base SAS data step programming with the Java Processing Graphics library to create a scalable, flexible protocol for generating data-driven graphics. The SAS Student Ambassador Program recognizes and supports students who use Continue reading “Students Named SAS Ambassadors”

Monsanto Scholarships Announced

The Institute, in cooperation with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Monsanto Company announced today a $500,000 grant to train the next generation of plant breeding professionals with skills in analytics. The Monsanto Scholarships in Advanced Analytics will be awarded to six degree candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program beginning in 2012. “Encouraging and enabling the development of future plant breeders is and will continue to be an integral part of making agriculture more productive,” said Sam Eathington, Monsanto VP Continue reading “Monsanto Scholarships Announced”