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Start on Your Path to an MS in Business Analytics Degree

Selecting the right master’s program for your career goals is important. Our admissions team is here to help you at every stage, from inquiry to application. Schedule a phone or video consultation with one of our team members to get started.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2022

Application dueDecision date
November 1, 2021December 17, 2021
February 1, 2022March 18, 2022
March 15, 2022April 22, 2022
May 1, 2022June 3, 2022
*Applicants who apply and have all supporting materials in by the application due date will learn of their admission decision no later than the decision date. If admitted, your enrollment deposit date will be communicated to you in your online admission letter.

Candidates can apply between deadlines and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage candidates to apply when they feel their application is ready and most competitive.

Learn about the supportive application and admissions process for the MS in Business Analytics and get to know the UW–Madison community.

Tuition & Fees

The following costs apply to the 2020-2021 academic year.

Estimated expenses for books, supplies, room and board are provided separately by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Office of Student Financial Aid.

Cost Per CreditTotal TuitionSegregated Fees*
$1,500$45,000$1,468.60

Tuition rates vary from year to year, and are determined by 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.

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.

*As the MS in Business Analytics has a summer start, summer segregated fees are a prorated version of the full semester fees.

Due to the structure and rigor of the program, as well as significant cocurricular, experiential learning, and career development opportunities, students are not allowed to accept any teaching, research, or project assistantship positions, or university appointments that grant waivers of tuition or academic fees while enrolled in the program.

What You’ll Need for Your Application

Required Question

  • Please write a statement of purpose (SOP) for pursuing an MSBA degree. A typical SOP describes why you want to pursue an MSBA and how your previous studies, interests, and/or skills fit into this field.

Optional Question

  • 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.

Include past work experience, educational accomplishments, demonstrations of leadership, and ways in which you have grown professionally.

Your past academic history—particularly your four-year degree—indicates to us your ability to succeed in a structured study program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved (accredited) institution is required.
  • International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • You can submit your application with unofficial transcripts; certified copies of transcripts from your degree institution are required once admitted.
  • 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 masters@wsb.wisc.edu. Official transcripts must be received on or before August 1.

One recommendation is required. Select a recommender who is qualified to evaluate your potential for leadership or management. They 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.

  • $75 for both domestic and international students (additional $6 processing fee for international students).
  • Fee waivers available if active duty in the U.S. military within three years of applying.
  • Payment by credit or debit card through the online application system; receipt required to learn of the admissions decision.
  • Admission interviews are by invitation only.
  • Conducted in person, by phone, or by video.
  • GMAT or GRE test scores
    • UW–Madison undergraduates, U.S. active military and U.S. veteran applicants may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver.
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores; international candidates only, and candidates may be eligible for a waiver.

GMAT/GRE Waivers

The Wisconsin School of Business master’s programs seek to build a well-rounded class with diverse professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Candidates can request a test waiver for the GMAT or GRE for the MS in Business Analytics program if they meet one of the following requirements.

If you are a current undergraduate student at an accredited U.S. college or university, or have graduated from such an institution within the last three years, you qualify to request a waiver for the GMAT or GRE if you have met all of option 1 or 2:

Option 1:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • At least one quantitative course in an area like statistics, calculus, upper-level math, or business classes such as finance or accounting with a grade of B or better
    or

Option 2:

  • Completion of a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) major
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

If you are a working professional, you qualify to request a waiver for the GMAT or GRE if you met all of option 1 or 2:

Option 1:

  • Have been awarded a terminal degree, such as JD, MD, or PhD from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from the terminal degree program
    or

Option 2:

  • Have more than three years professional full-time work experience, which may include U.S. military service
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • At least one quantitative course in an area like statistics, calculus, upper-level math or business classes such as finance or accounting with a grade of B or better

Additional Details About Costs

As a UW–Madison student, you have the option to purchase health insurance through University Health Services. There are plans for students only, student plus one, and student plus family. International students are required to purchase health insurance through the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Other options for U.S. citizens and permanent residents would be through the health insurance marketplace. Costs vary based on plan.

The UW Student Job Center lists part-time, limited-term employment (LTE), and summer job openings at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and in the private and public sectors. Many students work part time to help offset the costs of their graduate education.