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Applying for Admission

**Please note that we have paused the MABA program for Fall 2022. We are planning to relaunch the program for Fall 2023 or later. Please check our website for updates**

How to Apply to the Master of Applied Business Analytics Program

The information included on this page:

Who Should Apply?

Application Deadlines

Application Requirements & Instructions

Tuition and Financial Aid

MABA Student Profile


Who Should Apply?

Qualified applicants should demonstrate a capacity for intense academic study, a propensity for mathematics and programming, and a basic understanding of business fundamentals.

  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester college-level math course (e.g. calculus, linear Algebra).
  • Demonstrated competency in computer programming in at least one of the following computer programming languages is required: Python, R, C, C++, C#, VB, Java, or PHP. Academic transcripts, certificates from online courses, or work experience may be cited to meet this requirement.

Note: International students who require an F-1 visa are not eligible for the Master of Applied Business Analytics program. Alternatively, the Master of Science in Business Analytics program is a full-time day program available to International students.

No Programming Experience?

Completing an online certificate course or program can satisfy this prerequisite. Learning platforms such as Coursera, Udemy, and edX host online, university-level courses where you can learn from a wide range of disciplines, including the fundamentals of a programming language. The following programming languages satisfy the requirement: Python, R, C, C++, C#, Visual Basic (VB), Java, PHP, Pascal, or Fortran.

Tips for selecting an online certificate course:

  • Make sure the course you select is at least 20 hours in duration and provides a verifiable certificate of completion which you will upload and submit with your online application.
  • Since the Master of Applied Business Analytics (MABA) program starts with using Python, we recommend choosing this language for your certificate course.
  • Common course names or search terms include "for Beginners" "for Everybody" "Crash Course" "Basics" "Introduction" "Bootcamp" "Zero to Mastery" or "Zero to Hero".


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Application Deadlines

The Applied Business Analytics program begins only in the fall term (late August start).

Application Deadlines

  • December 1
  • February 15
  • April 15
  • June 15
  • July 15

Note: Applications submitted past July 15 will be considered on a space-available basis. Orientation for Fall 2022 is tentatively scheduled for late August 2022 (exact dates to be announced at a later time).


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Application Requirements and Instructions

The University of Minnesota uses an online application system. Complete instructions for preparing the required application materials are provided in the guide below. Please review these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth application process.

View, download, or print this guide to preparing and submitting your application for admission:

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Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition & Fees for 2022-23 Academic Year (32 credits)

Cost Per Credit Total Tuition
$1,660 $53,120

Required Fees per Semester

Fee Type Fee Cost
Academic Records Fee $150
Transportation Fee $71
Carlson School Collegiate Fee $290 (for less than 9 credits) / $580 (9 or more credits) 

*Other education-related costs such as books and cost of living are not included in the table above.

For full details of tuition costs, please visit One Stop.

A non-refundable $500 tuition deposit is required to confirm your intention to enroll in the Master of Applied Business Analytics program and is applied toward the first academic term.

All fees are subject to change.

The University of Minnesota offers many loan programs, administered through the Office of Student Finance. To be considered, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). International students need a U.S. co-signer for student loans. If you have questions about loan programs, visit Financial Aid — One Stop. The University has reciprocity agreements with the states of Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the province of Manitoba, Canada.

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Master of Applied Business Analytics