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Program Specifics

Course Descriptions

  • While I am in the program, will I have access to hands-on training?

    Yes! The program has a project-driven approach which gives students opportunities to gain exposure to real-world scenarios. Experiential learning allows students to be introduced to companies, work in teams, and solve business problems using analytical techniques. We also hold several workshops and seminars throughout the program.

  • How technical is the Master’s in Business Data Science and Analytics program?

    The program is structured to provide students with skills to gain them access to both business analyst and data science roles upon graduation. Accordingly, applicants should have introductory exposure to  programming languages and statistics. This can be done through online learning platforms and does not need to be through undergraduate or other university coursework. Our program also provides extensive onboarding to ensure all students have an intermediate or above understanding of python, R, and SQL, and basic statistics knowledge.

  • Is the Master’s in Business Data Science and Analytics program STEM certified?

    The M.S. in Business Data Science and Analytics is officially designated as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degree program under the Business Statistics CIP code. The STEM certification provides international students in our program with authorization to work in the United States for an additional 24 months beyond the standard 12 months under OPT, for a total of 36 months of work authorization.

Class Profile

Career Success and Employment Overview


  • How much does the M.S. in Business Data Science and Analytics program cost?

    Current tuition is set at $36,000 for in state students, and $39,000 for out of state/international students. For the most updated information, please visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page.

  • Are there any scholarships or graduate assistant positions available?

    There are some limited scholarship opportunities available to highly qualified candidates. There is no separate application–admitted students will be notified in December if they are received a scholarship award. While we do not have GA/TA opportunities immediately within our department, students are encouraged to look on for outside opportunities. Several students have been able to obtain opportunities in their final term of enrollment as well.

    We also guarantee a fellowship of up to $1,000 to assist students in attending industry events and certifications. This is paid out after the event or certification has taken place. This CANNOT be used for tuition or internship expenses.

    In addition, the summer internship experience allows students to earn a significant amount to support their educational expenses. This amount is determined by the internship offer a student receives.

  • Are internship/co-op opportunities available?

    Yes, internships are a required component of our program in the summer. The average pay was $24 an hour for 2019 summer interns. For the Class of 2020*, 86% of students secured a paid internship or paid sponsored project for the summer, the other 14% worked on a unpaid corporate-sponsored project (*this was the year of the COVID-19 pandemic)

  • Are there part-time jobs available on campus?

    There are opportunities available for on-campus employment. Often during the school year, our office will receive requests for resumes from other MSU departments. Often, students will continue to work remotely for their summer internship companies approximately 10-20 hours per week in the fall.


International Students

  • What do I need to know about the TOEFL / IELTS test?

    English competency test scores are required, with minimum scores of 250 on the computer version of the TOEFL and 100 on the internet-based test, or a minimum of 7 on the IELTS. English competency test takers should use the Michigan State University code 1465.

    The English language proficiency test requirement may be waived for students who earned a bachelor’s degree in the United States. For example, if you earned a bachelor’s degree at MSU, with the majority of credits earned while on campus, your English language competency scores are usable (even if old) for admission into the program. Additionally, students who attended international universities but had instruction solely in English are also eligible to waive the TOFEL/IELTS requirement. Find out more on our Admissions page.

  • As an international student, what resources do I have on campus?

    The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is dedicated to providing support to Michigan State University’s international students, scholars and families.

  • I have a three-year undergraduate degree. Can I apply for the program directly, or do I need to complete another year of schooling first?

    The program requires that applicants complete a four-year undergraduate degree. A select number of exceptional students with a 3-year degree may be admitted, but will need to go through a waiver process at the university level for full admission to MSU (done by the program admissions office and MSU graduate school). Admission to the program for these 3-year applicants does NOT guarantee admission to MSU–the waiver process must be followed. 2022 will be the first year we allow students to go through this process.


  • What is the application deadline for the Master’s in Business Data Science and Analytics program?

    Applications will open for spring enrollment (January 2021) on March 15, 2021, and will close October 15, 2021. Apply early for the best chance at admission. All applications must be completed by October 15 in order to be considered for admission to the program for the upcoming spring term. Domestic applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. MSU students graduating in May 2021 who apply by April 1 will have an interview decision no later than April 15, 2021. Most domestic applicants will receive a response to their application (interview, waitlist, or not admitted) within three weeks of a complete and submitted application. Interviewed candidates will have a decision within two weeks post-interview. For international applicants, applications will be reviewed as they are completed and interview decision will go out in five batches: May 1, July 1, August 15, September 15 and October 16.

  • What if my application is late by a few days after the deadline? What if my test scores will not arrive until after the deadline has passed?

    All documents must be received by Oct. 15. We can’t guarantee a place in our class if your documents are submitted after this date. Our maximum class size is 48; however we do still consider applications for waitlist decisions through our application deadline. Students interviewing will be notified if this is only for a remaining waitlist slot. Students on the waitlist can be admitted up through November 20th.

  • Where do I send my documents (transcripts, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and test scores)?

    Documents and unofficial test scores can be loaded onto our online application system. Official test scores must be sent to the program office. The GMAT code is QHO-5P-59. The GRE code is 1465. English competency test takers should use code 1465. International students, please be sure to send ATTESTED copies of your transcripts.

  • How can I check my application status?

    The program will contact you once a decision is made on your application. We will only review your application once it is complete. You can log onto the application system to verify your documents are in place. TRANSCRIPTS WILL SAY NOT RECEIVED AS THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED UNTIL AFTER ADMISSION–THIS IS NORMAL. GMAT/GRE scores not received will also not impact your application review as long as you inputted your unofficial scores.

  • What happens after my application is complete?

    The admissions team will review completed applications. Based on the strength of the candidate, the admissions team would schedule an interview as the next step. Interviews are conducted by invitation only, via Zoom.