What are the application deadlines?
Priority: June 1
Final: July 15
Priority: October 1
Final: November 15
Priority: February 1
Final: March 15
Are there any entry requirements for the MSBA?
All applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized academic institution of acceptable standing and coursework in subjects such as calculus, statistics or probability is encouraged, but not required. For UMass Amherst students, this is equivalent to an R2 General Education Requirement.
I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree. Am I able to apply now for the program?
Yes! Students are eligible to apply for the MSBA program while still enrolled as an undergraduate. Admissible individuals will receive a conditional approval pending final grades and degree confirmation.
Where can I find the MSBA option in the online application?
Once you access the online application, under the “Objectives” tab in the “Degree(s)” section, please choose “Management (M.S. in Business Analytics) - Online”.
I missed the application deadline for the upcoming semester. Can I still take courses?
Yes! You can take up to 6 credits as a non-degree student. Please contact our office for specific instructions and course recommendations before registering.
How will I receive an acknowledgement of application once I apply?
All applicants will receive an acknowledgement letter via email from the Graduate Admissions Office which includes your Admissions ID and Access Code. This will enable you to keep track of application materials that have been received. Additionally, the Isenberg Graduate Programs Office will be in touch about any incomplete materials and next steps.
How will I be notified if accepted?
Acceptance decisions are posted in SPIRE with instructions to confirm acceptance. The Associate Dean and your Academic Advisor will email you with additional information to get started.
How long can I defer my acceptance?
Accepted students can defer their acceptance once, for up to one year. Contact your academic advisor to discuss further.
What are the application requirements for applying to the MSBA?
Graduate School application and $85 application fee (waived for military and current UMass Amherst undergraduates)
Official transcripts of all universities/colleges attended
Two letters of recommendation
GMAT/GRE score (waiver may apply)
English Language Proficiency score (for non-native English speakers only)
How long should the personal essay be, and what should it include?
A personal essay should be one to two pages in length and include information about your past and current academic and professional history, your future goals and reasons for pursuing the MSBA, and other pertinent details that will help us evaluate you as a candidate.
Do I have to send a transcript with my application? Where do I send it?
Please submit your transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, undergraduate and graduate, where nine (9) or more credits were earned. Unofficial transcripts uploaded to the Additional Materials page of your application are acceptable. Upon admittance, official transcripts will need to be submitted, either electronically or in paper format, directly by each institution's Registrar to the Graduate Student Service Center. Review After You Apply for instructions on submitting official transcripts.
Note: For international graduates, notarized and true attested copies of original academic documents are accepted. Evaluations may be required. Please contact our office for details.
My transcript is not in English. What should I do?
If the official transcripts and/or degree certificate(s) are not in English, our program requires an official English translation and/or an official credential evaluation from a NACES member in order to evaluate coursework and GPA in the admissions process. Notarized and true attested copies of original academic documents are accepted.
My transcript does not follow the U.S. 4.0 grading scale. What should I do?
I am currently a UMass Amherst student, but I started as a transfer student. Will I be required to submit transcripts from my previous institutions?
If your current transcript has all of the courses and grades (GPA-based) from the previous institutions included, you are not required to submit the transcripts. We highly encourage you to double-check with the University Registrar’s Office.
Otherwise, you are required to submit transcripts from all previous institutions where 9 credits or more were earned. If the institution is not a 4-year institution, the transcripts are not in English or do not have a numeric GPA on a 4.0 scale, transcripts must be course evaluated by a NACES member.
Who should my letters of recommendation come from?
Recommendations should be requested from individuals who know you on a professional level and well enough to provide specific examples and details regarding your past performance and competencies. If you are a recent college graduate, we encourage you to provide one academic and one professional reference.
What are the eligibility requirements for a GMAT/GRE waiver?
A GMAT/GRE waiver is granted for an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. To be considered for the GMAT/GRE waiver, leave the application test score section blank. If you are a working professional and don’t meet the GPA qualification, waivers may be considered for individuals with professional work experience.
What is the school code to send GMAT or GRE scores?
School Code: Isenberg-UMass Amherst - 3917
I am an international applicant; how do I find English Language Proficiency Requirement information?
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting scores from a standardized English Language Proficiency Test. This is not required of U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens who hold U.S. Permanent Resident Status. For admission to the MS in Business Analytics, the minimum scores for admission are as follows: the minimum combined TOEFL score is 100; the minimum IELTS Academic combined score is 7; the minimum Duolingo English Test overall score is 120; and the minimum PTE Academic overall score is 68. Please note, when reviewing an application, the UMass Graduate School does not super score language tests (e.g. we do not accept the ETS MyBest Score set). Please consult the international applicants page for more details.
How many credits are required for graduation?
The Master of Science in Business Analytics program requires 10 courses, 31 credits for graduation.
What are the tools/programming languages/applications that students use?
Microsoft Excel, Tableau, SAP, SQL, Python, MS Access, Teradata, and XLMiner
For how long do each of the courses run?
We follow a typical semester system – fall and spring semesters are 14 weeks. The summer semester schedule may vary and the winter session is typically 5 weeks.
How are the materials/classes presented?
The presentation of classes is through the Blackboard Learn system, utilizing an asynchronous presentation style including recorded lectures, discussion groups, readings, and exams/papers. (Please note that each class varies, and the presentation methods/materials are at the discretion of the professor).
How is the MSBA program different from the MBA?
The MSBA curriculum focuses on data analytics coursework including Business Intelligence, Application Development with Python, Data Mining, Data Science for Business, Data Management for Business Leaders, along with some foundation business courses.
How is the MSBA different from the Online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics?
The certificate provides a specific subset of 15 credits of Business Analytics courses while the 31 credit MSBA provides both the foundations of business management in addition to the analytics courses.
Can I apply the Business Analytics Certificate courses towards the MSBA program?
Yes, you can. The three core certificate courses (9 credits) will transfer directly into the MSBA program. Additionally, you may work with your academic advisor to map out an additional 6 credits of electives to transfer into the MSBA program (not all electives may transfer). Taking the certificate before the MSBA program does not guarantee admission to the MSBA program. There are separate application processes for each program. Taking the certificate program before the MSBA is not required.
How is the Online MSBA structured and when can I start?
Will the Online MSBA qualify for the STEM OPT extension?
No. Online programs do not qualify for any OPT for international students.
Is the MSBA program accredited?
The Isenberg School of Management is accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB grants international accreditation to undergraduate and graduate business administration and accounting degree programs.
How does the 4+1 Accelerated MSBA Program work?
Undergraduate students at UMass Amherst and other colleges in the Five College Consortium can pursue a 4+1 option, completing their undergraduate degree and the MSBA degree in 5 years or less. Undergraduate students apply to the MSBA program in their junior year or early in their senior year and can then take up to 12 credits of MSBA graduate courses during their senior year, with up to 6 of those credits (2 courses) allowed to double-count for both the undergraduate and the MSBA degree.
I am enrolling in my last class before I graduate, is there a form I need to fill out?
Congratulations on reaching your goal of completing your MSBA! If you are enrolling in your last class this semester, you must complete the Degree Eligibility Form and submit it to your academic advisor.
Note: An overall 3.0 GPA (B) must be maintained in order to graduate. Once your Degree Eligibility Form has been processed by the Graduate Office, details about commencement will be both emailed and mailed to your current address (listed on SPIRE).
As an Online MSBA student, will I receive the same diploma as the on-campus students?
Yes, you will receive the same exact diploma. Whether you take the program online or in-person, it will not be specified on the diploma.
When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed out approximately 2 months after degree clearance.
Can I participate in graduation ceremonies on campus?
YES! All eligible MSBA students can participate in graduation ceremonies and receptions. You are eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies and receptions if you complete your MSBA credits by May of the same year as graduation.
Can I participate in any networking events?
Yes, we offer many events including networking events, discussion panels, as well as various social gatherings. Events may be offered both virtually and in-person.
What are the online career resources that I can access as an online student?
- IConnect (tools, tips, tricks, recruitment, events, connections, etc.)
- Isenberg Alumni LinkedIn Group (Join at student level)
What is the typical MSBA admissions profile?
Average Age: 25
Average GMAT Score: 620
Average UGPA: 3.3
I have a bachelor’s degree in business. Am I eligible for this program?
Yes, applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in business are eligible. Based on a review of your transcripts, you may be eligible to substitute some coursework for electives.
I will be graduating from my undergraduate program soon. Is work experience necessary for this program?
No, the MSBA program does not require any work experience for its incoming students.
What is the minimum GPA requirement?
We are looking for applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above. However, applicants who are below a 3.0 are not excluded from applying as we look at application materials holistically.
Are there any residency requirements?
Residency is not a part of the program requirements as the Online MSBA is 100% online and can be done from anywhere in the world.
Am I at a disadvantage if I have not completed previous coursework in business?
No, students from all backgrounds have completed this program successfully.
I earned an undergraduate degree that only took 3 years. Am I eligible to apply to the Isenberg MSBA?
You must earn a degree from a 4-year institution or education that is equivalent to a 4-year degree (in some cases a course-by-course evaluation of academic history may be required). Please use the WES Degree Equivalency Tool to determine if your degree is equivalent to a 4-year US degree.
How do I enroll in MSBA online courses?
Students will enroll in courses through SPIRE. The program academic advisor will provide enrollment details prior to each registration period with current course listings and instructions on how to enroll.
Can I preview my online classes before they begin?
Yes! The University uses an Online Learning Management System called Blackboard Learn (BBL). Blackboard courses are available a week prior. This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and start to learn the navigation before having to learn the course content.
What course materials, such as textbooks, are required for my course?
You can find out what course materials will be required by looking at the course notes and/or course syllabus all available in SPIRE.
I need to take a semester off. What should I do?
What happens if I do not enroll in a class and forget to register for continuous enrollment?
If you do not enroll in a minimum of one course in the spring and fall semesters by the add/drop deadline OR do not apply for continuous enrollment, you will be withdrawn from the University for “failure to enroll.” Should this happen and you wish to be readmitted, you must contact the Graduate Programs Office, pay the program fees and a readmit fee. Readmission is not guaranteed.
Am I eligible for course waivers/transfers for the Online MSBA?
Graduate courses, taken within three years of admission into the program and with a grade of B or better, and that were not used to satisfy another degree, are eligible for transfer. You can transfer up to 6 credits from another accredited university toward your Isenberg MSBA. Courses and their respective credits that transfer will reduce the number of credits required to complete your Isenberg MSBA degree. Non-degree courses must have been taken within three years of admission into the program with a grade of B or better.
For courses to be considered for transfers, please send us a course description and a syllabus for each course. Please be specific about which Isenberg course you are requesting to have reviewed. If approved, you will need to have your official transcript sent with the courses listed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know if courses have been approved for transfer or waiver?
The Graduate Programs Office will contact you to let you know which course(s) has been approved for transfer or waiver.
If I participate in the try-a-class option prior to applying to the Online MSBA program, will my grades be reviewed as part of the application process?
A strong performance in your MSBA non-degree courses may aid in the GMAT/GRE waiver process. Overall successful completion of non-degree courses does not guarantee admission into the program.
Should I be accepted into the Online MSBA program, will my non-degree courses count towards my graduation requirements?
Yes, only 6 credits of non-degree courses are eligible for transfer into the MSBA program. A grade of B or better is required for transfer.
I completed my non-degree enrollment application but am unable to register for courses in SPIRE. What should I do?
When are non-degree students able to register for courses?
Non-degree registration typically opens two weeks after registration opens for our matriculated students. Please contact our office for course recommendations with open seats.
Is the tuition for online courses the same for out-of-state students?
How will I receive my tuition bill?
You will be billed directly by the University Bursar's Office. Billing information will be sent to your UMass email account. Paper bills will not be generated. The bill can be viewed within SPIRE and paid directly online, or it can be downloaded and mailed with a check. If your employer is paying for your tuition, you may also use Agency or Corporate Billing. Bills are generally posted on the 15th of the month. Any questions related to your bill should be directed to the Bursar’s Office.
Is deposit required prior to entering the program?
No, we do not require any deposit payment for the Online MSBA.
Are there any scholarships available?
No, Isenberg does not offer any scholarships for the MSBA program.
Is the program eligible for graduate assistantships or other tuition waiving graduate positions?
Isenberg does not offer graduate assistantships for one-year masters programs or programs offered through UWW.