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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. If you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, then you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test upon verification of your completed transcript.

Minimum score requirements:

  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 on each of the four sections. 
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test): minimum total score of 90, with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four sections. To submit your test score, you’ll need our institutional code: 6110. Official score reports (not photocopies) are required. Please keep in mind that scores may take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive in our office.
  • Duolingo: minimum score of 110

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: April 1st

International deadline: April 5th

Rolling admissions through May

Fall Term

Priority deadline: May 1st

International deadline: June 28th

Rolling admissions through August

Spring Term

Priority deadline: October 30th

International deadline: December 1st

Rolling admissions through January

Tuition & Fees

$40,680 total program tuition cost at current rates
MS in Business Analytics: 30 credits
Tuition per credit $1,356.00
Technology Fee per term $62.50 - $124.50
Health Fee per term $33 - $66
Materials per course $100-200

MN Private Colleges Alumni Scholarship

Undergraduate alumni of a Minnesota Private College are eligible for a scholarship equivalent to the cost of 3 credits of your MS in Business Analytics program.

Support for Veterans

If you’re a military veteran, we’ll waive your application fee. You can also defer your acceptance and any scholarships for one year, if your plans are delayed by your service. In addition, we provide unlimited Yellow Ribbon awards.

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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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