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Admission Requirements

Admission to the MS in Business Analytics is based on academic and professional background, as well as potential for a successful career in analytics. Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of these criteria and in relation to the current applicant group.  Academic background in engineering, computer science, mathematics, economics, science and business are recommended for those interested in the MS in Business Analytics program. Each year we target a class size of 30-35 students.

The application will open for Spring enrollment (January 2020) on March 15, 2019, and will close September 1st, 2019. It is HIGHLY recommended you apply early for the best chance at admission.

All applications must be completed by September 1st in order to be considered for admission to the program for the upcoming spring term. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students graduating in May 2019 who apply by April 1st will have an interview decision no later than April 15th, 2019. All other applicants can expect a response (interview, waitlist, or non admit) within three weeks of a COMPLETE (all materials uploaded and recommendations received) application. Students who are interviewed can expect a response within two weeks of their interview date.

  • Once an application is complete, qualified candidates will be invited for a interview.  Applicants should consider applying as early as possible for best advantage.
  • Our program begins in spring (January) and lasts through December (graduation).  We do not admit for fall or summer semesters
  • It is a one-year, fixed-curriculum, cohort-based program. This program cannot be completed online, hybrid, or over multiple years at this time.
  • The committee can not assess your chances of getting a program acceptance until your application files are uploaded to the system and you have submitted a application.
  • Additional questions? Check the FAQ section of our website

To be considered for admission, applicants are expected to have:

  1. A completed bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution.
  2. A working knowledge of personal computers, including word processing, spreadsheets, networking and data-base management systems.
  3. Knowledge of programming languages such as C, C++, Python, Java, HTML,  as well as experience in using statistical packages, and use of statistical software programs.
  4. Strong scores on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test). The MS in Business Analytics GMAT code is QHO-5P-59.  The GRE (Graduate Record Exam, university code 1465) may be accepted as an alternate to the GMAT.   Waivers are not granted on GMAT/GRE requirement.
    1. NEW FOR MSU STUDENTS:  We now waive the GMAT/GRE requirement for Michigan State University graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. However, if you have minimal work experience, and/or your GPA is close to that mark (3.25-3.3), you may wish to take the exam as a strong score can support your application.
  5. A general understanding of the data science/business analytics as a career and field.

International Applicants

There are specific requirements for international applicants with regard to academic transcripts, English language requirements and financial certification for application to the MS in Business Analytics program.

  1. The undergraduate degree must be the equivalent to a four-year degree in the United States. Three-year programs are not accepted.
  2. English competency test scores are required with the following minimum scores: TOEFL: 250 on computer version and 100 on the Internet-Based Test and  a 7 of the  IELTS.  English competency test takers should use the Michigan State University code 1465. Waivers will be considered for students who completed their undergraduate degree from an institution where the primary method of instruction was in English. TOFEL scores can be sent electronically, but IELTS scores MUST have a copy MAILED to our office (not sent electronically), in a sealed envelope, from the testing agency.
  3. Affidavit of Support and Bank Statement:  In order to obtain the documents needed to file for a student visa (I-20 or DS-2019), students must show adequate proof of financial support. All international students must provide a signed affidavit of support and bank statement with the name of the account holder in English.  The financial amount can be found at our Tuition Page. This is not required until admission.
  4. Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the application portal. Upon admission, please request that all colleges or universities attended, and examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets, and certificates directly to us in an official, sealed envelope. In addition, where the original documents are not issued in English, also provide an official English translation of each document. While these official documents are not needed to review your application, you may wish to begin the process of having them sent early to expedite later processing if you are admitted.
  5. Applicants from CHINESE UNIVERSITIES:  During the application process, applicants submit certified copies (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to the MSU Department to which they are applying.  MSU requires these documents in the original language (Chinese) as well as an official English translation. You may get these from your institution directly.


The English language proficiency requirement may be waived for students with one or more of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree that is earned 100 percent in the U.S., as long as the candidate’s old English language competency scores are included. The BA or BS program should be a regular four-year degree where the majority of the degree is earned in the United States, is not 100 percent online, and is not an “experiential” degree (where credits are given for life experiences)
  • A bachelor’s degree earned at MSU, the majority of credits earned while on campus and English language competency scores are included (even if old) for the candidate’s admission into the bachelor’s program
  • A master’s degree earned at an AAU institution on a U.S. campus. English language competency scores are included (even if old) for the candidate’s admission into the master’s program.


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