Application Process


Application Checklist

The admissions application is considered complete when all of the following items have been completed and submitted:

Online Application

The online admissions application includes:

  • Core data about yourself
  • Essay
  • Resume

2018–2019 ESSAY PROMPTS:
Essay 1: Please explain your motivation for seeking a Master's in Business Analytics. Be as specific as possible about the skills and experience you would bring to the program and how this program fits into your career plans. 

Essay 2: Describe a project or situation that best demonstrates your analytical or problem-solving abilities. Please be sure to step through your thought processes and describe how you reached your conclusions. 

Optional Essay: If there is any further information about you or your background that you believe would be helpful to the admission committee, please feel free to provide it. (For example, you may provide an explanation of any academic weaknesses or gaps in collegiate or employment experiences.)


We require two recommendations and strongly advise that at least one letter come from a professional reference, preferably your direct manager or supervisor. Please check with your chosen reference, and then complete the form on the recommender's page of the online application. We will send them an email message with instructions and a web address to visit in order to complete your recommendation.


We require transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work completed. You may upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts into your application. If you are admitted and choose to accept our offer of admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions before matriculation.

Applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States must submit a professional course-by-course credential evaluation with a calculated GPA of their transcripts. This official document must be provided by a credential evaluator listed on This requirement does not apply to students who have their bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or who participated in a study-abroad program.

Standardized Test Scores

Due to recent events, we have updated our test policy for MSBA applicants.

Going forward, the admissions committee will review MSBA applications for the 2020-2021 academic year without the previously required GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) test scores.

What does this mean for your application?

  • Without test scores, your academic transcripts will be given greater weight during the admission review process
  • Please be sure you are able to show demonstrated quantitative, analytical, and/or written communication skills in the other parts of your application
  • Alternative graduate entrance exams (i.e. MCAT and LSAT) may be used to support your candidacy
  • Depending on the strength of your application, an offer of admission may be conditional upon submitting scores from a required test prior to beginning the program

While submitting test scores is optional for the remainder of this admissions cycle, the MSBA admissions committee encourages you to provide scores if you can. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are currently being offered online.

Applicants who have seven or more years of work experience may choose to take the Executive Assessment (EA), in lieu of the GMAT or the GRE: the EA is also being offered online.

You may self-report your unofficial GMAT, GRE, or EA scores on your online application but will also need to have your official scores sent to:

For GMAT or EA:
McIntire School of Commerce - M.S. in Business Analytics
Code: KC7-K3-78

For GRE:
Code 5829

Test Waiver Policy

In certain cases, a waiver of our standardized test requirement may be granted. Such cases include:  

  • Hold a master’s degree in an analytic or quantitative discipline (e.g., science, mathematics, engineering, statistics, medicine) or a doctorate from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have obtained a quantitatively oriented professional certification (e.g., CFA or CPA) and can provide a copy of the certification

To be considered for a test waiver, please submit the GMAT Waiver Request Form.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $75 application fee is required to submit your online application. You may request an application fee waiver if you are a member, volunteer, or alumna/alumnus of:

  • U.S. military
  • Peace Corps
  • Teach For America Corp.

If you have questions, please contact us at

Interview (by Invitation Only)

Qualified applicants will be invited to interview after their application is reviewed by the admissions committee. Interviews play a critical role in our assessment of candidates and are required before acceptance into the program.

All interviews are conducted by an admissions committee member in person or via Zoom, depending on the applicant’s preference. In-person interviews take place at the Darden School of Business or McIntire School of Commerce on UVA Grounds in Charlottesville, Va., or in the Washington, D.C., area.

[1] Graduate Management Admission Council, Integrated Reasoning Information Center (Feb. 8, 2018).