Application Requirements

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 2020" for "Entry Term" and "Business Analytics - MS" for "Selected Program"
    • 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. For 2020-2021 academic year, please select Fall 2020.
  • 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.

  • You will be receiving application update emails from, please add this email to your contact list or safe list so that they are not caught in your spam filter.

A new start day has been announced for 2020.

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 Masters 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:

  1. 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 Masters Programs requirements" page of the application; this upload must be a course description or syllabus indicating the language learned in your programming class.
  2. 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. 
  3. Completion of Online Course - Certificate of completion of online coursework in computer programming. Please upload a certificate of completion on the "Carlson Masters 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.

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 a masters degree 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

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.

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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.

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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.


MSBA - Eligibility for an Academic Test (GMAT/GRE) Waiver

Candidates applying for admission to the Carlson School MSBA program may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver. Specifically, a waiver of the GMAT/GRE exam may be considered if the applicant meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Current University of Minnesota student enrolled in the undergraduate program.
  • Undergraduate degree in economics, mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, statistics, or related field is preferred, but not required.
  • Completion of at least 60 undergraduate semester credits preferred.
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Completion of prerequisites courses in statistics, math, and programming (at least one in each subject):
    • Semester-long college-level statistic course(s) such as:
      • STAT 3021  Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • Semester-long college-level programming course(s) such as
      • CSCI 1113 Introduction to C/C++ Programming
      • IDSC 3101 Introduction to Programming
      • IDSC 3102 Intermediate Programming
    • Semester-long college-level calculus and algebra course(s) such as:
      • MATH 1271/1371/1571H Calculus I
      • MATH 1272/1372/1572H Calculus II
      • MATH 2243/2373/2574H  Linear algebra and differential equations
      • MATH 2263/2374/2573H Multivariable calculus and vector analysis
  • Have completed a qualified summer internship(s) -- the internship needs to have a notable quantitative and/or technology component.
  • Have strong communication skills. Communication skills will be evaluated via interview. Interviews are held by invitation only.

MSBA Academic Test Waiver Request

Please follow and fully complete the instructions listed above to be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver.  Please note completion of this request is not a guarantee for a waiver. This waiver request should be submitted per the policy instructions before application submission.

Your request will be reviewed by the MSBA Admissions Team.  The admission representative will follow up with you within 1-2 weeks from the time you've submitted complete request. Interviews are held by invitation only. 

Please direct all questions about the MSBA Academic Test Waiver to

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 (under Coursework) here. Note: Candidates who completed their undergraduate education in India are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam.

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.  

IELTS test scores are verified using the Test Report Form (TRF) number. You may upload a scanned copy of your IELTS Test Report Form in your application or email the score report to

Please do not request to have the report sent directly to the University of Minnesota MBA Program office, as we cannot receive mail at this time. Score reports will be accepted via email from applicants or the testing agency. 


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.  Think of this video essay as if you were answering an interview question 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 and submit a practice video essay.
  • You can test your technology and run the practice simulation as many times as you wish to be comfortable with the format and technology.  You will be able to review your practice video essay(s) and your recording(s) will not be saved beyond the testing phase and will never be reviewed.
  • You can also practice responding to impromptu questions offline with a friend or colleague before completing the video essay portion of your application.
  • You will be prompted to click "Ready" once you are prepared to submit an official video essay.  You will be asked one impromptu question from a bank of imaginative or behavioral questions selected by our admissions team.
  • Two minutes (120 seconds) will be provided to prepare an answer and two minutes (120 seconds) to record an answer.   Recording will automatically stop after two minutes.  You are not required to use the full two minutes.  If you have time remaining once complete with your response, click the "Stop Recording" button to end the recording.
  • You will only be provided one attempt to record your official 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.

 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
Round 1 November 1, 2019
Round 2 January 3, 2020
Round 3 February 3, 2020 - Final deadline for international applicants
Round 4 March 16, 2020 - Final deadline for domestic applicants
NEW Round 5* May 15, 2020 - For all applicants (domestic and international)

*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: Full-time 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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