Applicants must complete and submit an online application for the MS in Business Analytics program. The system allows applicants to save their work and return to it at any time. Supporting materials and the application fee are submitted through the online application system.
- An account and password are required to start the online application.
- Select the appropriate entry term and intended program
- One-year Program: "Summer 2019" for "Entry Term" and "Business Analytics - MS" for "Selected Program"
- Part-Time Program: "Fall 2019" for "Entry Term" and "Business Analytics - Part-Time" for "Selected Program"
Read the instructions below carefully before completing your application.
When you have provided everything required to submit your application, the application will allow you to submit. The application is not complete until the recommendations are submitted and we have received your official test scores. Applications must be complete before the deadline for which you would like to be considered.
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 "Carlson MS Programs requirements" page 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:
- Academic Coursework - 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 includes 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 "Carlson MS Programs requirements" page of the application; this upload must be a course description or syllabus indicating the language learned in your programming class.
- Professional Experience - 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 language you use and how you use the programming language to complete your professional work.
- Completion of Online Course - Certificate of completion of online coursework in computer programming. Please upload a certificate of completion on the "Carlson MS Programs requirements" page 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.
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?
To be considered for admission, the MS in Business Analytics program requires a first university degree that is an equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree. Students with a 3-year degree from India do not satisfy this minimum requirement and must complete an additional year of post-baccalaureate study before submitting an application to the program. If a student is unsure whether their degree is an equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree they should email their transcripts and proof of degree to the Office of Graduate Admissions for review. Their email is email@example.com.
Unofficial transcripts can be submitted through the online application. You will need to submit a transcript from each college or university where you have completed coursework before your application will be considered complete and reviewed by the admissions committee. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. If you have previously enrolled at any University of Minnesota campus, you can obtain electronic copies of your transcripts from OneStop student services. For more information regarding transcripts/academic credentials you need to apply please review these details.
If admitted, you must submit official transcripts or academic records prior to your enrollment at the University of Minnesota. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate 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.
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 before the deadline for which you would like to be considered.
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 GMAT-GRE Waiver may be applied for to fulfill this requirement. This waiver request should be submitted per the policy instructions before application submission.
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 on the employment information page.
We require two 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. We partner with GMAC for the common letter of recommendation.
Your application will not be considered complete until all two letters of recommendation are received. This means all letters must be received before the deadline for which you would like to be considered.
If English is not your first language, you must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. We accept scores from both of these exams; it is not necessary to take more than one. Scores must be less than 2 years old when you apply. Applicants from certain English-speaking countries and regions may not need to take a proficiency exam. To determine if your country is included, please see the TOEFL Exemption list for details.
Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States (or other English-speaking country) before entering the University of Minnesota are automatically exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. If this is the case, simply leave the TOEFL and IELTS sections of the online application blank.
Typically competitive score is 105 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL. We require a minimum 21 in writing section and a minimum 19 in reading section of the TOEFL score. We must receive an official score report directly from the testing service. Scores should be sent to institution code 6874. If prompted, you can select any department code, department group, school type, division, etc. Regardless of this selection, all scores sent to the institution code 6874 will be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
To be considered for admission, we require a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with no section lower than 6.5. We must receive an official test report from the test center. Please request to have the report sent to:
University of Minnesota - Office of Graduate Admissions
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Note: We do not offer an option for the English language ability to be assessed upon arrival on campus.
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.
The video essay is a required component of the application that provides candidates with an opportunity to show the admissions committee the authentic you. You will be asked one impromptu question from a bank of imaginative or behavioral questions selected by our admissions team. Treat this video essay as if you were having a conversation with a member of our admissions committee. You will need to use a computer with camera and microphone capabilities. You will have the ability to test your technology before starting the video essay.
Admission interviews are by invitation only. Not all applicants will be interviewed. Interviews may be conducted on campus or via Skype. The interview is approximately 30 minutes in length and aimed at better understanding a candidate’s academic and professional background. You should treat the interview as you would a job interview. Appropriate attire is business professional.
- Round 1: November 1
- Round 2: January 4
- Round 3: February 1 - Final deadline for international applicants
- Round 4: March 15 - Final deadline for domestic applicants
- Round 1: December 1
- Round 2: February 1
- Round 3: April 1
- Round 4: June 1
- Round 5: July 15
- *Applications submitted past July 15th will be considered on a space-available basis.