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Find Out What It Takes

MS in Business Analytics Admission & Fees

Move Forward on Your Business Analytics Journey

Demonstrate your potential to become an effective business analytics professional. We look for the following qualifications in our MS in Business Analytics candidates:

  • Strong technical, quantitative, or analytical abilities as established in professional or academic environments
  • Proven performance in undergraduate coursework in business, mathematics/statistics, actuarial science, economics, engineering, computer science or related fields
  • Basic computer programming skills and comfort learning new software
  • Demonstrated aptitude in dealing with ambiguity and a creative approach to problem solving
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • One year or more of professional work and/or internship experience preferred
Our goal is to make the application process as simple as possible. If you have any questions or would like materials mailed to you, please contact us for assistance.

Application Checklist

Your first step is to start the application online. In the application, you will answer some questions and upload the documents described below. Once you've completed all components you will submit the application, and can log back into the portal at any time to check the status of your application materials.

We are seeking candidates with at least 2 years of work experience. In the online application, you will upload your resume that outlines all relevant experience.

As part of the application, we ask you to answer three essay questions. You can either download a PDF of essay questions and upload that form once you've answered the questions, or upload your own document that answers these questions:

  • Strong quantitative skills are necessary for success in this program. Please provide specific evidence of your quantitative ability from your past academic coursework in math, statistics, etc. Additionally, describe how you use these skills in your current or past career roles. (500 words)
  • Comfort with learning new technology and software applications is critical in business analytics, so students will be exposed to several analytics tools, business intelligence software, and programming languages during the program (“R” statistical programming language, SPSS, SQL, Tableau, etc.) Please tell us about your comfort and experience with using technology and software, and provide a specific example of when you were asked to solve a problem with little to no direction and in order to be successful you adapted a new technology or software. (500 words)
  • Why are you interested in pursuing a Master’s of Science in Business Analytics and how will it support your current and/or future career goals? How do you see the knowledge and skills you will learn in this program helping you to achieve those goals? (500 words)

To apply to the MS in Business Analytics program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or the international equivalent). We need original transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended, sent directly from the school. The only exception is for advanced placement courses and study abroad transfer credits - we don’t need transcripts for those.

Send via email: If your institution offers electronic transcripts, ask them to email your transcript(s) to gradadmissions@stthomas.edu.

Send via mail: Paper transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes and signed by the appropriate university official. Send to:

University of St. Thomas
Graduate Records - Admissions
1000 LaSalle Ave., Box 5
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005

International degree applicants: Please see the transcript requirements in the international checklist below.

All international applicants and non-native speakers of English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo to be considered for admission. Score reports can be no more than two years old to be accepted.

Minimum score requirements:

  • IELTS: (academic) overall score of 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test): overall score of 80 for the iBT. School code 6110.
  • Duolingo: overall score of 105

Applicants who have successfully completed a previous undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university and who can verify that the curriculum was taught in English can apply to the program with an English Language Proficiency waiver. Please contact your admissions representative about the waiver process.

To apply to the MS in Business Analytics program, you must have at least the international equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution. If you completed your undergraduate or graduate work at a college or university outside of the United States, you must complete a transcript evaluation. There are two ways to complete this evaluation (choose one):

  1. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and World Education Services (WES) are independent transcript evaluation services that St. Thomas accepts for international transcript evaluation. If you choose to have ECE or WES do your evaluation, you will receive a copy of the evaluation. To use ECE or WES, visit either site and choose the “Start Your Evaluation” option. For ECE, you will choose "Course-by-Course" evaluation and for WES, you will choose "WES ICAP" evaluation.
  2. If you already have a transcript evaluation, or would prefer to use a service other than ECE or WES, email the admissions office or call (651) 962-8800. We first need to ensure that the evaluation service you use is accepted by our university.

Application Deadlines

New students may begin in the Fall, Spring or Summer terms. With our rolling admissions process, applications are welcomed before or after the priority deadline and reviewed once the file is complete. Those who meet the priority deadline will have earlier access to course registration.

Summer Term

Priority deadline: March 30th

International deadline: April 5th

Rolling admissions through May

Fall Term

Priority deadline: April 30th

International deadline: June 28th

Rolling admissions through August

Spring Term

Priority deadline: October 30th

International deadline: December 1st

Rolling admissions through January

Tuition & Fees

$42,300 total program tuition cost at current rates; MS in Business Analytics: 30 credits

Find the Estimated Cost of Attendance for MS in Business Analytics (used to determine your eligibility for Financial Aid).

Tuition per credit $1,410.00
Technology Fee per term $65.00 - $129.50
Health Fee per term $33 - $66
Materials per course $100-200

Paying for Your MSBA Degree

If you're an undergraduate alumni of a private college or university in Minnesota, we'll cover the cost of 3 credits of your MS in Business Analytics degree. No need to submit a separate application; you automatically earn this award upon admission to the MS in Business Analytics program. This award may not be stacked with other scholarships or discounts.

Applicants who work in the non-profit industry are encouraged to apply for the Business for the Common Good scholarship. This scholarship awards up to $10,000 as long as you maintain good standing during the program.

In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently work full-time for an organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit status
  • Currently work full-time for a small or medium-sized non-profit organization OR work for an organization that is a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Increased consideration will be given to applicants who work at organizations that:

  • Generate fewer than $900,000 per year in revenue
  • Directly serve members of the community
  • Provide services in high need areas including houselessness, poverty, and access

To apply for this scholarship during the application process, please submit a statement in the applicant portal that identifies your organization and demonstrates your commitment to nonprofit work.

This award may not be stacked with other scholarships or discounts.

If you are referred to the MS in Business Analytics program by one of our current Graduate Business students or alumni, you are eligible for our Alumni Referral Scholarship award.

Here is how to qualify:

  • The St. Thomas Opus Graduate Business student or alumni that refers you must fill out this form prior to beginning your application.
  • If you are accepted to the program after being referred, you will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards your first semester in the program.
  • For the scholarship to apply the referral needs to be submitted on or before the date the application for the program is started.
  • The St. Thomas Opus Graduate Business alumni or student who referred you will receive a St. Thomas branded thank you after you begin your studies.

This award may not be stacked with other scholarships or discounts.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is any resource that assists you in paying your tuition and fees. If you’re seeking aid, here are some great places to start:

  • Ask your employer about tuition reimbursement benefit policies
  • Explore private or governmental grants and scholarships
  • Look into student loans provided by state and Federal government, or private lenders

How to Apply for Financial Aid

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Get in Touch

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