Application Process

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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.)

Recommendations

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.

Transcripts

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 www.naces.org. 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

Applicants to the M.S. in Business Analytics Program are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GMAT is strongly preferred because the Integrated Reasoning section offers you the opportunity to further support “your ability to make sound judgments, discern patterns, and combine verbal and quantitative reasoning to solve problems.” [1]

Applicants who have eight or more years of work experience may choose to take the Executive Assessment (EA) in lieu of the GMAT.

You may self-report your unofficial GMAT, GRE, or EA scores on your online application but 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

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 msba@virginia.edu.

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).