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Applying to the Business Analytics MS Program

Learn about the supportive application and admissions process for the MS in Business Analytics, as well as what kind of students the program and UW-Madison attract.

Master’s Programs – Application Deadlines

Application due For review of
November 1, 2019 First-round applications
February 1, 2020 Second-round applications
April 1, 2020 Third-round applications and final round for international applications
After April 1, 2020 Rolling review for domestic applications only

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree completed or expected completion by start of the program
  • Standardized test scores:
  • Current résumé
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Response to essay question
  • Application and application fee
  • Interview–by invitation only with a completed application

Prerequisites

  1. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of business fundamentals, completed or expected completion, by start of program. Coursework can be completed at any accredited university or college.

    Applicants may fulfill this requirement in one of the following ways:
    • Undergraduate degree with business major or minor
    • A Certificate in Business
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA in intermediate college coursework covering at least two of these business disciplines:
      • Marketing
      • Operations
      • Finance
      • Accounting
      • Management
    • General Business 310 or 311 at UW-Madison. Applicants may complete these courses online during fall, spring, or summer as a special student.
    • At least one year of full-time work experience in one of the business disciplines mentioned above

  2. Completion of one semester of business calculus or equivalent.

GMAT/GRE Waivers

UW-Madison Undergraduates Waiver

The Wisconsin School of Business Master’s Programs seek to build a well-rounded class with diverse professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduates who are graduating in August/December 2019 or May 2020 can apply for admission to the master’s programs in business analytics, real estate, or supply chain management for the 2020 start term without a GMAT or GRE score if the following requirements are met:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) from UW–Madison.
  2. Grade of B or higher in the following undergraduate courses:
    • Economics
    • Statistics or one advanced math course

For admission to the program, your academic ability will be evaluated on your undergraduate transcripts. All transcripts will be taken into consideration, as well as any other transcript you submit that has a course for grade, e.g. transfer or study abroad.  However, if you do submit a GMAT or GRE at admission, that test score will be used when reviewing your candidacy.

Candidates admitted with the GMAT/GRE waiver are not eligible for merit-based aid. 

Email ms@wsb.wisc.edu to request the waiver and include a copy of your current transcript.

Waiver for U.S. Military

The Wisconsin School of Business Master’s Programs in business analytics seek to build a well-rounded class with diverse professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. U.S. active military and U.S. veteran applicants can apply for admission without a GMAT or GRE score to the full-time MBA program if the following requirements are met:

  1. An undergraduate degree from a U.S. accredited university or college with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Grade of B or higher in the following undergraduate courses:
    • Economics
    • Statistics or one advanced math course

For admission to the program, your academic ability will be evaluated on your undergraduate transcripts. Graduate transcripts will be taken into consideration, as well as any other transcript you submit that has a course for grade. However, if you do submit a GMAT or GRE at admission, that test score will be used when reviewing your candidacy. 

Candidates admitted with the GMAT/GRE waiver are not eligible for merit-based aid. 

Email ms@wsb.wisc.edu to request the waiver and include a copy of your transcript and military status.

Application Requirements in Detail

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  • Degree Equivalent

    A bachelor’s degree (completed or expected completion by start of the program) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution is required. International applicants must have a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Minimum degree equivalents for some countries can be found here.

  • Degrees/Transcripts

    A bachelor’s degree completed, or expected to be completed by start of the program from an approved (accredited) institution is required. International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree. You are able to submit your application with unofficial transcripts; certified copies of transcripts from the institution where the degree was conferred are required for all admitted students.

    Official transcripts can be submitted in one of two ways. Official transcripts may be mailed directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed and stamped envelope sent to the Admissions Office. Official transcripts may also be submitted electronically via email to MS@wsb.wisc.edu. Official transcripts must be received on or before August 1.

  • Standardized Test Scores (GMAT or GRE)

    A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Please direct the testing service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (GMAT institution code: 79K-2S-01; GRE institution code: 1846)

    UW-Madison undergraduates, U.S. active military and U.S. veteran applicants may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

  • TOEFL or IELTS Score

    Applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must complete either the Internet-based (100 or higher) or paper-based (600 or higher) TOEFL. The test must be taken within two years of your intended start term. Please direct the Educational Testing Service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (institution code: 1846).

    Results of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English, institution code: NML-ZH-25) will also be accepted. An IELTS minimum score of 7.5 or higher, or a PTE Internet-based score of 73 or higher or paper-based score of 80 or higher, are required.

    An international applicant whose four-year undergraduate degree and/or master’s degree (minimum of eight semesters total) instruction was in English, or who will complete such a degree prior to matriculation at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, may request a waiver. To request a waiver for the language test requirement, please select the TOEFL test type in your online application and select “Request a Waiver” for the English proficiency test. We will confirm that English is the language used at the academic institution where your degree was conferred.

  • Résumé

    A one-page résumé outlining your professional, academic, and personal achievements. You may find the following resources helpful as you prepare your résumé.

    Download the Résumé Template

  • Essays

    The essay is required, and is an opportunity for you to share more information about you and your career goals with the Admissions Committee.

    Required essay: Please write a Statement of Purpose (SOP) for pursuing a Master of Science-Business: Operations and Technology Management: Business Analytics. A typical SOP describes why you want to pursue an MS in Business Analytics and how your previous studies, interests and/or skills fit into this field.

    Optional essay: Please use this optional essay to communicate additional information about yourself that is not otherwise represented in the application, and that you feel would benefit the admissions committee.

  • Letter of Recommendation

    One recommendation is required. Select a recommender who is qualified to evaluate your potential for leadership or management. He or she should have a strong understanding of your abilities and be familiar with solid examples of your accomplishments. This individual may be a current or past supervisor or manager, a client or vendor, or a representative of a volunteer or community organization in which you are involved.

    You will enter your recommender’s name and email address into your application. The recommender will then receive an email with a link to your recommendation form. The recommendation forms are submitted separately from your application upon its completion. You should not wait for your recommender to submit his or her recommendation before submitting your application; however, your application will not be reviewed without the recommendation form.

  • Admissions Interview

    Admission interviews are by invitation only once you have submitted a completed application. The interview will be conducted either in person, by phone, or by videoconference. If you would like to meet with a member of the admissions team to learn more about program, discuss your specific application, and ask questions, you can arrange a time to meet in person or by phone. Contact the Admissions Office to get started.

  • Prerequisites
    1. Demonstrated knowledge of business fundamentals completed or expected completion by start of program. Coursework can be done at any accredited university or college. Below are ways to meet this prerequisite. Only one is needed to fulfill this requirement:
      • Undergraduate degree with business major or minor
      • A Certificate in Business
      • Earning a minimum 3.0 GPA in intermediate college coursework covering at least two business disciplines from the following list:
        • Marketing
        • Operations
        • Finance
        • Accounting
        • Management
      • General Business 310 or 311 at UW-Madison. These courses are offered every semester and during summer. Applicants may complete these courses as a special student.
      •  At least one year of full-time work experience in one of the business disciplines mentioned above
    2. Completion of one semester of business calculus or equivalent.
  • Application Fee

    The application fee is $75 for both domestic (non-international) and international students. There is an additional processing fee of $6 for international students. Payment by credit or debit card is available through the online application system. Admissions decisions will not be communicated to the applicant until the application fee has been received.

Tuition and Fees

The following costs apply to the 2019-2020 academic year. Estimated expenses for books, supplies, room and board are provided separately by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Office of Student Financial Aid.

Item Resident Tuition Nonresident Tuition[1]
Tuition[2] $21,166 $42,703
Segregated fees[3] 1,452 1,452
Estimated Yearly Total $22,618 $44,155
  1. Minnesota residents may be eligible for reduced tuition as participants in the Minnesota–Wisconsin reciprocity agreement. See details below.
  2. Tuition rates vary from year to year, and are determined by the The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, based on budgets approved by the Wisconsin governor and legislature. Tuition is reviewed and set annually in August. For more information about tuition rates, please visit the Bursar's Office website.
  3. Segregated fees are charges, in addition to tuition, assessed to all students for student services, activities, programs, and facilities that support the mission of University of Wisconsin System institutions, including UW Madison. The segregated fee rate is updated each summer.

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