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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 deadline for Spring enrollment (January) is as follows:

Round 1:  April 1st with admit notifications by the end of the month
Round 2:  July 1st with admit notifications by the end of the month
Round 3:  Aug. 1st with admit notifications by the end of the month
Round 4:  Oct. 1st with admit  notifications by the end of the month

  • Note:  All applicants not admitted at that time will be wait-listed and official declines will be sent Nov. 1st.  If you are admitted, we will contact you via email.  No news means you have been wait-listed.
  • Note 2:  May graduation undergraduate students-If you are graduating in May, we will review your application on a rolling basis from December thru April.  We realize that you need a decision prior to the April 1st round due to career planning needs.

All applications must be completed by Oct. 1st in order to be considered for admission to the program for the upcoming spring term. Decisions and student notifications will made during the month of October.

  • Once an application is complete, candidates will be invited for a interview.  After this, the admissions committee will meet once a month to review all completed applications for a decision.  Notifications are typically sent within 30 days.  No notification means we are holding on a decision.  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 fixed-curriculum, cohort-based program.
  • 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.
  5. A relatively recent laptop computer with Microsoft Office (No more than 2 years old).

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.
  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 may ONLY be considered for students that have graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelors degree.
  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.
  4. Transcripts: Request that all secondary schools, 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.
  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.Effective spring 2015, Michigan State University will require all students pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China to submit a verification report (English version) through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final bachelor degree transcripts (大学成绩单) and bachelor degree (本科学位证书). For master’s degree-granted students, we only need the undergraduate level verification report from CDGDC. Please refer to the CDGDC website for more information.

China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center

Verification Division
B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
No.1 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, P.R.China
Tel: 86-10-82379480
Fax: 86-10-82378718

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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