Admissions

Who Should Apply?

The MS in Business Analytics is a rigorous, fast-paced graduate program for analytical thinkers with an interest in business. Qualified applicants should demonstrate a capacity for intense academic study, a propensity for mathematics and programming, and a basic understanding of business fundamentals.

Recent graduates and early-career professionals with analytical backgrounds are eligible for the program. Ideal candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree in economics, mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, statistics, or related field is preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming in at least one of the following computer programming languages is required: Python, R, C, C++, C#, VB, Java, Pascal, or Fortran. Academic transcripts, certificates from online courses, or work experience may be cited to meet this requirement. 
  • At least one-semester college level calculus course is required.
  • Work experience is not required, but strongly preferred.

 

A new start day has been announced for 2020.

 Application Deadlines

The MSBA program typically begins only in June (summer) term. Given the challenges many students will have arriving in Minnesota for the scheduled June 1 2020 start date, we have decided to move the start of the program for this academic year to Fall 2020. That means courses will begin Tuesday, September 8. Please note this is a one time change and only applies to classes starting in 2020.

Round Submission Deadline Decision Notification
Round 1

November 1, 2019

December 31, 2019
Round 2

January 3, 2020

March 15, 2020
Round 3

February 3, 2020 - Final deadline for international applicants

After the deadline, we will continue accepting applications on a space available basis.

April 15, 2020
Round 4

March 16, 2020 - Final deadline for domestic applicants

After the deadline, we will continue accepting applications on a space available basis.

April 30, 2020
NEW Round 5*

May 15, 2020 - New deadline for all applicants (domestic and international)

After the deadline, we will continue accepting applications on a space available basis.

To Be Determined

*Given the challenges many students will have arriving in Minnesota for the scheduled June 1 start date, we have decided to move the start of the program for this academic year to Fall 2020. That means courses will begin Tuesday, September 8. This has allowed us to offer an additional application deadline of May 15th for all applicants.

IMPORTANT: The MSBA Program Orientation is required for all incoming students. Orientation for 2020 will be held prior to the start of Fall semester. We will update the website  with the new dates in coming weeks.

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Scholarships

The Carlson School is offering $400,000 in merit-based scholarships for qualified students to join the MSBA program in June 2020.

Given the challenges many students will have arriving in Minnesota for the scheduled June 1 start date, we have decided to move the start of the program for this academic year to Fall 2020. That means courses will begin Tuesday, September 8. We will run the same program structure, but on a slightly different timeline: summer term courses move to fall, fall to spring, spring to summer. This shift will not, in any way, impact the quality of the education students will receive.

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