Applicants must complete and submit an application for the MS in Business Analytics program through the Apply Yourself system. The system allows applicants to save their work and return to it at any time. Supporting materials and the application fee can also be submitted through the online application system.

  • A guest profile and password are required to start the online application.
  • Select the approrpriate entry term and intended program 
    • One-year Program: "Summer 2018" for "Entry Term" and "Business Analytics - MS" for "Intended Program"
    • Part-Time Program: "Fall 2018" for "Entry Term" and "Business Analytics - Part-Time" for "Intended Program"
  • Read the instructions below carefully before completing your application.
  • Do not submit incomplete applications. All application documents, including recommendation letters, need to be submitted with the application. No changes or updates will be made to an application after submission.

Transcripts for each institution of higher learning from which you have earned credit must be submitted with your online application. This includes partial or incomplete transcripts for all higher education courses. We allow for unofficial transcripts or academic records to be uploaded directly to the Apply Yourself online application. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. If admitted, you must submit official transcripts or academic records prior to your enrollment at the University of Minnesota.

Unofficial Transcripts

  • Unofficial transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the Apply Yourself online application before you submit the application. Please read important instructions about uploading your transcripts.
  • Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation.
  • Please do not submit paper or fax copies of this material. This will cause delays in your application processing.
  • If you have previously enrolled at any University of Minnesota campus, you can obtain electronic copies of your transcripts from OneStop student services
  • International applicants or students with transcripts from a foreign institution should review these details about transcripts. This includes specific instructions for students from Chinese institutions.

Official Transcripts

All transcripts and academic records uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. If admitted to the program, you must submit official transcripts or academic records before you can enroll at the University of Minnesota. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School Admissions Office from the institution. An official, certified (signature and seal) English translation must accompany non-English transcripts. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to require the submission of official transcripts or credentials any time during the admission review process.

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Instructions: Uploading your Transcript

Test Information

Complete the applicable sections on this page if you are submitting GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS scores.

The GMAT or GRE General Test is required for admission to the MS in Business Analytics program and should be less than five years old at the time of application. The unofficial test scores should be entered directly into the online application. Official test scores should be received by the office within 2 weeks after the application deadline has passed.

For GMAT, arrange for the testing service to send an official score report to code D2N-VJ-05, Carlson Master of Science in Business Analytics. Results arrive 2-3 weeks after the test. For GRE, arrange for the testing service to send an official score report using institution code 6874, U of MN graduate school. Results take up to 8 weeks to arrive.

Part-time program only: In certain circumstances, a  PDF iconGMAT-GRE Waiver Policy (28.57 KB) may be applied for to fulfill this requirement. This waiver request should be submitted per the policy instructions before application submission.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International Language Testing System (IELTS) are both accepted. For further details visit the international applicants page.

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Program Supplementary Information

Upload a current resume that includes a detailed employment history, job responsibilities and accomplishments where prompted for Resume or CV. Please be sure to provide a few bullet points for each position held, as well as dates (month and year) regarding employment and education.

Please refer to "Completion of Calculus Course" and "Demonstrated Computer Programming Proficiency" regarding any additional uploads required. You do not need to provide uploads for any of the following fields:

  • Graduate Program Additional Application
  • Writing Sample
  • Description of Research or Work Experience
  • Other Credentials
  • Upload 1
  • Upload 2
  • Link to Portfolio
Completion of Calculus Course

Completion of at least one-semester college level calculus course with a grade "C" or better is required at the time of application. The calculus course must be at the level of Calculus I or higher. Upload a course description or syllabus in the first upload on the  "Business Analytics" section of the application for the course that satisfies this requirement.

Applicants who have not yet completed a calculus course should not submit an application to the program until they have completed the course and received a final grade.

Demonstrated Computer Programming Proficiency

Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming is required. The following programming languages satisfy the requirement: Python, R, C, C++, C#, VB, Java, Pascal, and Fortran. Proficiency is required in only one of these languages. Proficiency may be demonstrated one of three ways:

  1. University class on transcript showing formal education in and successful completion of programming coursework as an undergraduate or graduate. Upload a course description or syllabus which incldues the name of the programming language learned. This course must appear on your transcript (uploaded in the Educational Background section of this application.) Do not re-upload your transcript on the "Business Analytics" section of the application; this upload must be a course description or syllabus indicating the language learned in your programming class.
  2. Resume indicating specific projects, assignments, or responsibilities with clear details of how computer programming was utilized in a professional, full-time work capacity. Simply listing the programming language you know is not sufficient. You must have bullet points indicating which programming langauge you use and how you use the programming language to complete your professional work. 
  3. Certificate of completion of online coursework in computer programming. Please upload a certificate of completion on the "Business Analytics" section of the application. If the certificate title does not include the programming language used, please include a course description or syllabus with the upload indicating programming language taught.

Applicants who have not yet satisfied the computer programming requirement should not submit an application to the program until they can demonstrate proficiency in one of the three ways listed above.

Applicant Statement

For consideration for admission, please submit a personal statement (750 words, approximately 2 pages max) answering the following three questions:

  • Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why are you choosing to pursue an MS in Business Analytics and Data Science at this time, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
  • Why are you interested in pursuing an MS at the Carlson School of Management?
  • What do you feel makes you a strong candidate for the program? How will you contribute to the Program overall?

Write the Personal Statement as above and upload it as Statement #1. You do not need to upload documents for Statement #2 or Extenuating Circumstances.


We require three letters of recommendation for application to the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. These recommendations can be from any combination of professional and academic recommenders, though we suggest that at least one recommendation come from a supervisor if you have professional experience.

Enter your recommenders' information on the Recommendations page to give your recommenders access to the recommendations system. The contact information for your recommenders can be their professional or personal email address. Once you save the recommendation page, your recommenders will receive an automated email where they can complete an online form and upload their letter of recommendation. Applicants do not have the ability to upload recommendation documents; do not send your recommendations directly to the program office. Recommendation documents must come directly from recommenders through the recommendations system.

Your application will not be considered complete until all three letters of recommendation are received. This means all letters must be received before the deadline for which you would like to be considered. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $75 (non-refundable) for U.S. citizens; and $95 for international applications and U.S. residents with foreign credentials. The application fee will be waived if the applicant has been on active duty in the U.S. military within three years of submitting an application.


Interviews for the program are by invitation only. Candidates will be contacted after the initial review of their application. If applicants are unable to attend an interview in person, arrangements can be made for a Skype interview.