M.S. in Business Analytics Admissions

MS in Business Analytics Admissions Information

Most candidates will need to submit an official GMAT or GRE score.   We encourage applicants to take the test at their earliest convenience.   A free GMAT Mini-Quiz is available for you to get a feel for the examination.

It is expected that most successful applicants will have either:

  1. an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics, economics, statistics, physics, engineering, or computer science, or
  2. five or more years of work experience in the public or private sector.

Students with a non-quantitative undergraduate degree and less than five years of work experience will be considered on an exceptional basis if:

  1. their work experience is in the area of business analytics or marketing research or
  2. they have developed a strong quantitative background through additional coursework or relevant work experience.

The program will only admit students who have a solid foundation in quantitative methods, particularly knowledge of probability and statistics and the use of statistical applications such as R, SAS, STATA, and Matlab.

Additionally, each student must demonstrate evidence of programming proficiency from prior college coursework, professional experience, a continuing education program, Coursera, or EdX. If you are new to R we recommend you also complete a course on programming in R from Data Camp or Coursera.

The Rady Admissions Committee reviews applications as they are received and makes decisions on a rolling basis. The number of seats is limited so applying early increases your likelihood of gaining admission, housing, and financial assistance.


Start New

Summer 2020 Deadlines

  • November 1, 2019 - Early Decision Deadline
  • December 1, 2019 - 1st Round
  • February 1, 2020 - 2nd Round
  • April 1, 2020 - 3rd Round / International Student Deadline
  • June 1, 2020 - 4th Round Deadline


Application Checklist

 A completed MS in Business Analytics application will include the following components:

1. Application Form

Fill out the application form online: The 2020 MSBA program begins in August.  Please select the Business Analytics (RS87) application for term "Summer 2020" in the application portal.

2. Transcripts

You may provide academic transcripts in two ways: upload a PDF or Word document of your transcripts directly into the online application, or you can have your academic records sent to us from the institutions at which you studied. If you upload your documents and are offered admission, official transcripts of all your previous academic work will be required to verify the information provided in the uploaded files.

For international applicants ONLY: All international transcripts require an official translation into English by a certified translator. International applicants must submit a certified copy of their diploma indicating the degree received.

3. Resume or CV

Submit your up-to-date resume or CV.

4. Quantitative Background

Provide details regarding your experience with computational programming (for example, C++) and with statistical, econometrics and mathematical applications and tools (for example, SAS, Stata, MatLab, R, S-Plus, Mathematica).

5. Recommendations

All applicants are required to submit two recommendations. It is highly encouraged that recommendations be submitted online. However, the recommendation form can be downloaded and signed, sealed and sent to the Rady School directly. It is most important that letters of recommendation be completed by individuals who are in a position to analyze your ability and academic promise.

6. Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose should be no longer than 500 words, double-spaced, 12-point font. The Rady Mission Statement: The Rady School of Management develops ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration and knowledge. Please choose two of the following words from our mission statement: entrepreneurial, innovation, collaboration, knowledge. Discuss how the two words you have chosen have played a role in your academic and/or professional career. 

7. GMAT or GRE Scores

The MS in Business Analytics program accepts either GMAT or GRE scores.  You may submit your application before taking the GMAT or GRE, but the final admissions decision will not be made until we have received your scores. Waiver considered for those with an M.D. or Ph.D. in a quantitative discipline, or Master's degree in a quantitative discipline with at least 8 years of relevant work experience.

  • The code for the GMAT is 3NS-ZK-33.
  • The code for the GRE is 4836.

The Rady Admissions Office encourages all applicants to prepare appropriately for these examinations.  Study can be done individually, in classroom environments, or online.  Though the Rady School does not endorse any particular test prep organization, the following are organizations that have been utilized successfully by previous applicants:

8. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score (for international applicants only)

  • TOEFL scores are to be sent from ETS to institutional code 4836-02. The average TOEFL for the MSBA program is 105.
  • IELTS scores are to be sent directly from the British Council or test-taking institution. The minimum IELTS score is 7 with a class average of 7.3.
    Select University of California, San Diego as the institution and have them send scores directly to our Graduate Admissions office at: Rady School of Management, Master of Science in Business Analytics Program, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive #0553, La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
  • PTE test takers must select the University of California, San Diego as a score recipient, then submit a copy of your scores directly to our Graduate Admissions office at: Rady School of Management, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive #0553, La Jolla, CA 92093-0553. Include your registration ID number and exam date on your application. Official scores will be verified online. The minimum PTE score is 65.

TOEFL/IELTS scores can be waived for applicants who have studied at least one full academic year in an undergraduate or graduate institution in a country where English is the dominant language. If you maintained a 3.0 GPA during one academic year in the university, then you are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS. Be sure to include all of your university transcripts in the application. The Admissions Committee will look at your transcripts and see if you are eligible for a waiver. They will then update your application.

9. Application Fee 

The Summer 2019 application fee is $105 for US citizens or Permanent Residents; $125 for international applicants. The non-refundable fee is payable by credit card through the online application. You may also pay by check, following the instructions in the online application. If you choose to pay by check, please note that your application will not be processed until your check has been received.


After You Apply

The Rady School admissions team reviews applications as they are received and makes decisions on a rolling basis. The number of seats is limited so applying early increases your likelihood of gaining admission.

  • After you submit your application, you will receive confirmation and instructions for further action, if necessary.
  • Once you have submitted a complete application, it will be reviewed to determine if the admissions committee would like to schedule an interview.
  • Interviews are required for admission and are by invitation only. Interviews are completed via an online and asynchronous interviewing platform.  The Rady Admissions Office reserves the right to request to live interviews in certain cases.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Rady Admissions Office.