Application Requirements

NOTE: Admissions for 2021 program entry is now closed. The application for Summer 2022 program entry will open for submission in September 2021.


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.

  • Create an account and password on admissions portal to start the online application.

  • Select "Summer 2022" for "Entry Term" and "Business Analytics - MS" for "Selected Program."

  • Read the instructions below carefully before completing your application.

  • Note that applications must be complete, with all materials submitted and received, by the deadline for which you would like to be considered. Scroll down to review our application deadlines.

  • You will receive application update emails from and Please add these emails to your contact list or safe list so that important updates are not caught in your spam filter.


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Application Requirement Details

For more admissions information, visit our MSBA Events Calendar and sign up for an upcoming Information Session or Application Tips Webinar with our admissions team. If any of your questions are not answered below, please email us anytime at

Completion of Calculus Course

Completion of at least one semester-long, college-level calculus course is required. The course must be at the level of Calculus I or higher, and must appear on an academic transcript from an accredited university or college. 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.

Please note that online courses offering only certificates of completion (e.g., MOOCs or similar)  do not meet this Calculus requirement. Course credits and final grade must be awarded from an accredited university or college, on an academic transcript.


Demonstrated Computer Programming Competency

Demonstrated competency in computer programming is required. The following programming languages satisfy the requirement: Python, R, C, C++, C#, VB, Java, or PHP. Competency is required in only one of these languages. Competency 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 for online coursework in computer programming with a course duration no less than 20 hours. 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 competency in one of the three ways listed above.


Applicant Statement (updated for 2021 admission)

To be considered for admission to the program, please submit essay responses to the questions detailed below (approximately 2 pages maximum). You may copy/paste each prompt into your document and answer each separately. The admissions committee will review both the content of your responses and your ability to communicate clearly in writing:

  • Why are you interested in studying at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota? What draws you to the Carlson School's MSBA program specifically? (approximately 200 words)
  • Briefly discuss your short- and long-term career goals. How will completing an MS in Business Analytics program at this time help you toward achieving your goals? (approximately 275 words)
  • An aptitude for technical and quantitative work is necessary for success in the MSBA program. Please provide a specific example(s) from your past academic project, internship, or professional experience where you used a technical/quantitative tool or method to solve a problem. Please provide details describing the problem/situation, the actions you took, and the results of your actions. (approximately 275 words)


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.

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. English language translation services in the Twin Cities

NOTE: 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

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.

NOTE:  Applicants interested in pursuing a career in consulting should plan to take the GMAT specifically, as many consulting firms consider these scores when assessing job candidates.

Take a sample GMAT test here >

For the 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 the 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.



for University of Minnesota Students only

(updated for Fall 2021 admission)


Under certain circumstances, an applicant may petition to waive the GMAT/GRE requirement. Specifically, a waiver of the GMAT/GRE exam may be considered if the applicant meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Must be completing or have completed an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota in one of the following academics terms: Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021.
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Individuals with transfer coursework must provide ALL detailed transcripts.
  • Completion of prerequisites courses in statistics, math, and programming (at least one in each area) per requirements detailed below:
    • STATISTICS: Semester-long college-level statistic course(s) covering probability, statistical inference, regression, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, and related concepts.
      • An example of a course which satisfies this requirement is STAT 3021  Introduction to Probability and Statistics
      • An example of a course which does NOT satisfy this requirement is STAT 1001 Introduction to the Ideas of Statistics
    • MATH: Semester-long college-level calculus course(s) covering logarithms, Polynomials, integrals, differential equations, derivatives, limits, functions, and related concepts OR higher-level algebra course(s) covering vectors, dimensions, matrices, transformations, and related concepts.
      • An example of courses which satisfy this requirement include: 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
      • An example of courses which do NOT satisfy this requirement include: MATH 1142 Short Calculus, MATH 1155 Intensive Precalculus, MATH 1031 College Algebra and Probability
    • PROGRAMMING: Semester-long college-level programming course(s) designed specifically to teach one of the following programming languages: Python, R, C, C++, C#, VisualBasic (VB), Java, PHP, Pascal, or Fortran. Online certificates and professional experience cannot be used to satisfy the programming prerequisite if you are requesting the waiver. It must be a full college course.
      • An example of courses which satisfy this requirement include: CSCI 1113 Introduction to C/C++ Programming, IDSC 3101 Introduction to Programming, IDSC 3102 Intermediate Programming
      • An example of courses which do NOT satisfy this requirement include: IDSC 3001 Introduction to Information Technology in Business, CSCI 1001 Overview of Computer Science, STAT 3032 Regression and Correlated Data*

* Although the R programming component of this course would satisfy the programming prerequisite for admission consideration, the programming requirement for the test waiver is stricter and we require a course dedicated fully to the instruction of programming and a specific programming language.

The courses listed are not an exhaustive list, and demonstrate just a few of the courses which do or don't satisfy each requirement.

To apply for the waiver, please use the button below to create an application for the program. Once the application is created, go to the Admissions Test Score Information section and select "Request a Waiver" from the dropdown menu. From there, upload or complete the required fields for waiver consideration.


Apply for a test waiver in the MSBA Application HERE


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 and reviewed 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

NOTE: Full-time work experience is not required, but preferred. We strongly recommend having at least some related internship(s) involving analyzing data, using technical software, and/or applying computer programming languages (e.g., Python, R, SQL, C, C++, C#, VB, Java, or PHP), in addition to having related academic or extracurricular experiences.

Prepare a current resume that includes a detailed education and employment history in no more than 3 pages.

Resume guidelines:

  • List both employer(s) and official position(s) held.
  • Specify both month and year for dates of employment in each role.
  • Detail job responsibilities and accomplishments in approximately 3-5 bullet points.
  • Include details of any programming languages, technical software, and/or analytical methods used in each.
  • You may include a separate section for academic projects with significant quantitative and/or technical components.
  • Do not worry about exceeding 1 page.

For additional guidance, watch a video tutorial from our Graduate Business Career Center (GBCC), and view the corresponding template

Upload your completed resume in the online application where prompted for your Resume or CV.

We require two recommendations for application to the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) 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. 

Please note that you do not need to solicit letters of recommendation from your recommenders. We partner with GMAC for the Common Letter of Recommendation, so you simply need to provide contact information for your recommenders and the form will be automatically routed to them via email for completion. The form does include an optional section to attach a letter of recommendation if your recommender chooses to add that component.

We recommend getting started on your application early so you can enter the recommender contact information right away before continuing to work on your application. Both recommenders must complete the aforementioned GMAC form before your submitted application is considered complete. This means all recommendations must be received before the deadline for which you would like to be considered. 

International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. Proof of English language proficiency is measured according to the categories detailed below. You are not exempt if you have lived in an English-speaking country for several years, but have not completed any prior education in English.


  • Applicants providing an exam score must have an exam date within two years of the graduate program start date. Exams exceeding two years will not be accepted.
  • We do not offer an option for the English language ability to be assessed upon arrival on campus.

For additional details regarding this requirement, please visit the Office of Graduate Admission's website or contact them at   

Test scores are not required for applicants that have completed post-secondary coursework in:  

  • United States
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • United Kingdom/Ireland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Most current and former British and U.S. territories in the Caribbean/Central and South America

To qualify for exemption, the coursework: 

  • Consists of least 16 semester credits or 24 quarter credits,
  • Does not include ESL coursework, and
  • Was completed within the past 2 years, and
  • You were living in one of the countries listed above while completing all of the credits.

Please note that the exam date should be within two years of the graduate program start date. 

Graduate School Minimum Requirements

  • Total Score: 79
  • Writing Subscore: 21
  • Reading Subscore: 19

Please note that these scores are the minimum University requirements. No exceptions can be made.

Typically competitive candidates have average scores of 90-105 on the internet-based TOEFL.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities does not consider MyBest Scores: Sum of Highest Section Scores of the TOEFL iBT Score Report to meet the minimum total score requirement for admission. Applicants should self-report their highest Total Score from the one test date in the Application for Admission. Applicants should also submit the official TOEFL iBT scores via ETS.



TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Please note that the exam date should be within two years of the graduate program start date. 

Minimum Scores for Admission

  • Total Score: 6.5
  • Writing Subscore: 6.5
  • Reading Subscore: 6.5

Please note that these scores are the minimum University requirements. No exceptions can be made.

Please note that the exam date should be within two years of the graduate program start date. 

Minimum Scores for Admission

  • Total Score: 59
  • Writing Subscore: 59
  • Reading Subscore: 59

Please note that these scores are the minimum University requirements. No exceptions can be made.

Typically competitive candidates have a total score of 65 or higher.


The Duolingo English Test will be accepted with the score and test date requirements listed below. Please visit the Duolingo preparing for the examscheduling the exam, and FAQs sites for more information. 

MS in Supply Chain Management Minimum Requirements

  • Overall Score: 120 or above
  • Subscore for Literacy section: 120 or above

Your exam date should be within two years of the program's start date.

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. Your application fee will be automatically waived if you have served in the US Armed Forces for any length of time prior to submitting an application. We are unable to offer application fee waivers to any other applicants.

  • 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 online via Zoom. 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

NOTE: Admissions for 2021 program entry is now closed. The application for 2022 program entry will open for submission in September 2021.

Round Submission Deadline Decision Notification
Round 1

November 1, 2021

December 31, 2021
Round 2

January 3, 2022

March 15, 2022
Round 3

February 1, 2022

April 15, 2022
Round 4

March 15, 2022 - Final deadline for international applicants

April 30, 2022
Round 5

April 15, 2022 - Final deadline for domestic applicants

May 31, 2022

IMPORTANT: The MSBA Program Orientation is required for all incoming students. Orientation for Summer 2022 will be held in early June, 2022 (exact dates TBD).

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