Frequently Asked Questions

Explore the Flex MSBA's FAQs

The admissions team for the Rady School of Management's Flex Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions they hear from applicants to help as you consider whether the program is the right fit for you. If you have a question that you do not see below, please contact us at 858.534.0864 or email our team.


Explore the Flex MSBA's FAQs

The Flex MSBA program is designed to be completed in 17 months. Students start the program in August during the UC San Diego Summer 2 Session.

Does the program include Saturdays and Sundays?

Classes for the Flex MSBA program are held every other weekend primarily on Saturdays. At the beginning of the program, there is an intensive ramp-up that requires meeting on both Saturday and Sunday for the first few weekends.

What is the difference between the Full-Time and Flex MSBA program?

The schedule is the main difference between the two programs. Students can complete the Full-Time program in as little as 11 months, while the Flex MSBA program is designed to be completed in 17 months. Students in the Flex MSBA are working full time and, on average, have more professional experience than students in the Full-Time program. Beyond that, the programs are very similar. Both programs feature the same rigorous curriculum and are taught by the same distinguished faculty.

How many classes at a time will I have to take at once?

The Flex MSBA program is designed so that students take two courses each quarter. It is possible to increase or decrease the pace, depending on your schedule. Connect with the admissions team for more information.

Will the capstone project align with the weekend schedule, or will I have to take time off during the week in order to complete it?

Yes, projects will be aligned with the Saturday program. The capstone is a team project, so each team can organize timing to best fit their working schedules. Each team will also schedule regular meetings with the Rady support team and the capstone sponsor to address questions and provide guidance as needed.

Is the curriculum in the Flex MSBA program the same as what is taught in the Full-Time MSBA?

Yes. Each program has the same courses and is taught by the same faculty.

Does a degree from the Flex MSBA program say something different than degrees from the Full-Time MSBA program?

The degrees are the same. Both acknowledge completion of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program from the Rady School of Management.

How much is the program?

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Can I start the program in the winter or spring?

The Flex MSBA program is designed to begin in August, during the UC San Diego Summer 2 Session.

Do I need a business background to apply to the Flex MSBA program?

Business experience or coursework is not required for our MSBA programs. However, we do look for applicants who have a keen interest in using analytics to drive business decisions.

What are the minimum GMAT or GRE scores for the Rady MSBA program?

*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.*

There is no minimum requirement; however, we do look for strong performance in the quantitative sections. Only the most recent GMAT or GRE score will be considered. It is also important to note that the GMAT/GRE score is only one of the many things we look for in a successful applicant.

What are the knowledge prerequisites for the MSBA program?

Coursework in subjects such as calculus, linear algebra, econometrics, and statistics and probability will prepare you for our MSBA programs. It is also important to have experience with programming (e.g., Python, R, SQL, C/C++) and statistical applications (e.g., R, SAS, STATA). Accepted applicants are required to complete the Python and R programming coursework listed below before the start of the program in August. Note that you can get free access to DataCamp through Rady, starting in June. Additional resources will be provided to admitted students as they prepare for the start of the program.

  • Introduction to Python
  • Pandas Foundations
  • Intermediate Python for Data Science
  • Introduction to R
  • Intermediate R
  • Intermediate R: Practice
  • Reading Data into R with readr
  • Introduction to Shell for Data Science: Manipulating files and directories

I don't have a strong background in some of the areas mentioned above. Can I still apply to and be successful in the Flex MSBA program?

Long-term success in business analytics requires both strong quantitative foundations and an interest in solving business problems. Applicants that are stronger in one area or another can still be successful in admissions. We will also ensure that all students develop the required skills to start a promising career in business analytics upon completion of our MSBA programs.


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