M.S. in Business Analytics Admissions

MS in Business Analytics Admissions Information

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, Matlab, or Python.

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 Python or R we recommend you also complete courses on programming in Python and 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.


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Summer 2022 Deadlines

Full-Time MSBA

Round 1: October 15, 2021
Round 2: November 15, 2021
Round 3: January 7, 2022
Round 4: March 15, 2022 (Final International Deadline)
Round 5: April 15, 2022

FlexWeekend MSBA

Round 1: December 1, 2021
Round 2: February 1, 2022
Round 3: April 1, 2022 (Final International Deadline)
Round 4: May 1, 2022 
Round 5: June 1, 2022 

Application Checklist

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

1. Application Form

Fill out the application form online.

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. It is most important that recommendations 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 School of Management MSBA program is designed to train the next generation of technology leaders who can help businesses deliver successful outcomes through business analytics and technology. This requires leaders who can make a significant commitment to developing strong technical and business skills. Tell us about a major commitment you have made in your life that challenged you (in business or your personal experience). What was it, how did you pursue that commitment, and how did you handle roadblocks along the way? 

7. GMAT or GRE Scores

The GMAT/GRE test requirement is temporarily waived for the 2022 MSBA application. However, test scores may be submitted and considered as an optional addendum to the application. If you choose to submit test scores, the MS in Business Analytics program will accept either GMAT or GRE scores.

  • 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. 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 scores released electronically to Rady/ UC San Diego
  • 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.

9. Application Fee  

The Summer 2021 application fee is $120 for US citizens or Permanent Residents; $140 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.