MSAN Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is the MS in Analytics program?
A: This is a full-time, intensive, 12-month program. Classes run from early July until the end of June.
Q: Do you offer night classes or is there a part-time option to the program?
A: There are no night classes or part-time option at this time.
Q: Do you offer online classes?
A: There is no online option at this time.
Q: What is the expected class size?
A: The cohort will be 30+/- students.
Q: What does the class schedule look like?
A: Class schedule is Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with 3-4 classes running simultaneously each semester. One day per week is devoted to practicum work.
Q: What is the purpose of the analytics bootcamp?
A: Because students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, students take 3 five-week courses starting in early July to bring everyone's background up to a similar level. All students take the Introduction to Data-Driven Business Strategies course and then take two of the following: computational analytics, linear algebra, or probability/statistics according to their strengths and weaknesses. The boot camp is a way for students to quickly decide whether they have the appropriate background to succeed and whether they are truly interested in a highly technical analytics degree. Each year a few students decide not to continue.
Q: What is the total cost of the program? Is financial aid available?
A: The tuition cost of the entire 35-unit program is $41,125, or $1,175 per unit. For more information, see financial aid.
Q: Does the program offer any scholarships?
A: The analytics program awards a limited number of partial scholarships to our top applicants. For the class of 2013-2014, the median fellowship was $3,500 (range $2,000-$8,000). 40% of enrolled students were given some level of fellowship money. You do not need to fill out a separate application to be considered for a fellowship; all students are considered.
Q: When is my tuition payment due?
A: You must either pay in full or sign up for a payment plan by the due date each semester. Due dates are May 1 for Summer 2013, August 1 for Fall 2013, and January 2 for Spring 2014. If you fail to pay by the due date, a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to register for classes until payment is received.
Practicums and job placement
Q: Which companies do analytics students work with as part of their practicum?A: One of the major advantages of USF's analytics program is that students work on real projects in real companies for 9 months of their 12 month program. Most practicum companies are within walking distance from USF's downtown campus. Students in the 2012-2013 cohort worked with Survey Monkey, Cisco, PayPal, Mozilla, and Thomson Reuters, among others. See project opportunities for more details.
Q: What is the job placement rate for graduating students?A: Students graduating from the University of San Francisco's MS in Analytics program are literally sitting in the world's largest concentration of technology companies and they find it easy to get challenging and well-paying jobs. For example, our Computer Science program, that supplies 3 analytics faculty, is recognized as having one of the highest returns on investment in the country, even above MIT.
Within approximately three months of graduation, 11 of 12 students from the 2012-2013 cohort have taken positions. (100% employment at 5 months.) Students received an average of 1.78 job offers (range: 1-3 offers). The median initial salary (not including deferred compensation) was $85,000.00 per year among those students who reported an initial salary. The maximum base salary offer was in excess of $100,000.00 per year. The job titles assumed by our graduates include: Data Scientist, Big Data Analyst, Consultant II Health Intelligence Reporting Manager Data Analysis, Senior Software Engineer -- Algorithms, Data & Quality Hacker, and Business Intelligence Data Analyst.
Program admission requirements
Q: What are the key background requirements?A: You can learn more on the application page, but students must have courses in statistics and probability, linear algebra, and computer programming (e.g, Python, Java, Matlab, etc...). Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, typically in mathematics, engineering, economics, statistics, and computer science. 41% of the 2013-2014 cohort have masters degrees already.
Q: I haven’t completed all of the program requirements. Can I complete the requirements during the program?
A: You must have completed all required prerequisites before the program begins. The program is very intense and there is no time to take extra courses.
Q: Does USF offer courses that will satisfy the prerequisites for the program?
A: Yes. Please consult the catalog for more information on computer science and mathematics. You can take these as a visiting student prior to applying for the analytics program.
Q: What kind of programming experience do I need to satisfy the requirements?
A: Programming experience is necessary to be successful in the analytics program. Evidence can be in the form of a formal transcript or practical experience. Note that HTML, web design, PHP and so on might be valuable, but they do not count towards programming experience. We prefer knowledge of programming languages like Python, Java, C#, C++, Matlab, or Mathematica.
Q: What GRE or GMAT scores are you looking for?
A: The students enrolled in the class of 2013-2014 had the following relevant scores:
|Median Quant GRE percentile
|| 90% (range 68%-99%)
|Median Quant GMAT percentile
|| 85% (range 63%-92%)
Q: What is the minimum GPA required?
A: We do not have a minimum GPA requirement but we examine transcripts carefully (median undergraduate GPA is typically >= 3.3).
Q: What is the typical acceptance rate?
A: For the 2013-2014 cohort, there were 113 applicants with fully complete applications of which 33 were sent formal acceptance letters (29%).
Q: What are the programming languages used in the program?
A: We use Python, R, and SAS roughly equally. SAS base-level certification is required for graduation.
Q: Is the analytics program open to international students?
A: Yes, we welcome international applicants. The 2013-2014 cohort is 50/50 domestic/international.
Q: What is the minimum TOEFL score that you will accept?
A: We are looking for applicants with TOEFL scores of 90 or higher. The class of 2013-2014 has a median TOEFL score of 103 (range 93-113).
Q: I have completed an undergraduate degree at a college or university in a country where English is the official language spoken. Do I still need to take the TOEFL?
A: The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have completed a Bachelor's Degree, a Master's Degree or two years or more of studies in a degree program in English at a higher education institution in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.
Q: Are there loans or scholarships available for international students?
A: The graduate admissions office provides a list of organizations that offer financial resources for international students. You can find more information on financial aid or loans available to international students at the One Stop office.
Q: Will I be able to request CPT or OPT? Is the Analytics program a STEM major?
A: International graduates typically apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training) after they graduate. MSAN qualifies as a STEM major. International students apply for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) during the academic year if their practicum assignment is paid (some practicums are paid and some are not at the discretion of the client company). Please direct all further questions regarding CPT, OPT, or STEM to the office of International Student and Scholar Services at email@example.com.
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