Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Business Analytics

Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Business Analytics
33-41 credit hours
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stack of documents icon Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Business Analytics UC online program. Admission is selective and based on a combination of factors including academic and professional achievement, strong communication skills and a proven record of effective leadership.

  • Prerequisites:
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Three semesters, or four quarters, of college-level calculus through multivariate calculus. One course in linear algebra or matrix methods
  • A fundamental knowledge of computing with the ability or willingness to learn procedural programming languages like R, Python, SAS, or Matlab.
  • GMAT or GRE Scores ( Can be exempted for experienced professionals)

MS Business Applicants who are asked to move past the first round the application process will be asked to complete a virtual interview proctored by Kira Talent. You will be notified via email when selected for this round. You will have two weeks to complete this interview.


Goal Statement Essay

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

Describe a situation in your life in which you have failed to achieve a goal. What did you learn from this experience? (400 words max)

You just entered the elevator with a member of the Applicant Review Committee for the MS in Business Analytics. You can only speak to this person for a very short time on the elevator. What would you say to this individual so that they would look favorably upon your application? (250 words max)


  • Application for Admission
  • The application fee has been waived for Spring 2024

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation. At least one should be a professional contact, and the other can be academic.

Please note that the name and email address of each recommender is required.

Current Resume or CV

Must provide a current resume or CV.

GMAT or GRE Scores

Applicants may seek a waiver to submitting a GMAT or GRE score. The criteria are as follows

  •  A completed graduate degree in a relevant field
  • Completion of at least 6 graduate credits at UC in a relevant field with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • 7 or more years of relevant work experience with demonstrated advancement

Please note that any submitted test scores will be considered regardless of waiver eligibility.

Applicants seeking a GMAT/GRE waiver should request consideration before submitting a test score.

International Students

An official TOEFL/IELTS is required for all international applicants.

International applicants must also submit foreign transcripts for evaluation to an agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES;

Students requiring F1 visa sponsorships should apply to the on-campus program to take advantage of those benefits.

If you have questions, feel free to speak with an enrollment services advisor