Flex MSBA Admissions Information

Learn more about applying to the Flex MSBA program

We are looking for exceptional students who recognize the power of data and see the unlimited opportunities a Flex Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree can offer. An ideal student will be able to take the knowledge they learn at the Rady School of Management and apply it to current and future roles within their organization.

Candidates who are a great fit for the program possess either

  • An undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics, economics, statistics, physics, engineering, or computer science,or
  • Several years of work experience in a technical role in the public or private sector (e.g., research scientist at a biotech company)

The program will 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, Coursera, edX, or FreeCodeCamp.

The Rady Admissions Committee reviews applications as they are received and makes decisions on a rolling basis.

Summer 2021 Deadlines

Round 1: December 1, 2020
Round 2: February 1, 2021
Round 3 & Fellowship Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Final International Deadline)
Final Deadline: June 1, 2021 (Final Domestic Deadline)

Application Checklist

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 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

*UPDATE: The Rady School of Management believes your motivation and your commitment matters. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and applicants' reduced ability to access and prepare for the GMAT or GRE, we will waive the GRE/GMAT requirement for the MS Business Analytics program for Summer 2021. In order to waive the test requirement, your application must be completed (including submission of all required supporting documents) by the stated program deadline.*
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.