How long is the program?
The program is 15 months. For Fall 2021, classes begin September 23 and end December 9 of the following year.
How large is the entering class?
Our target class size for the entering class of Fall 2021 is 80 students.
Do I need to know programming languages to enter the program?
While knowing programming languages such as Python and SQL has advantages for students, they are not required for admission.
How is the MSBA program different than the MBA and MFE programs offered by UCLA Anderson?
Business analytics is the application of statistical, computational, quantitative, econometric, and management tools to the informational flows of an organization for the purpose of addressing business needs. The MSBA program aims to prepare graduate-level students with the knowledge, training, and skills required to fulfill business analytics roles. The Anderson MBA programs are longer in duration (2 to 3 years in length, depending on the program) and require work experience. In addition, the coursework in the MBA programs is broader and geared toward students with an interest in general management theories and practice. The MFE program differs from the MSBA in that quantitatively focused MFE students take only courses directly related to modern finance theory and practice such as stochastic calculus.
How long is the program?
What is the academic calendar schedule for the program?
The MSBA curriculum is held on-campus from Fall 2021 through Fall 2022, and is cohort-based.
The 15-month program begins in Fall 2021 quarter (September 23, 2021 – December 10, 2021). Winter 2022 quarter (January 3, 2022 – March 18, 2022), continue through the Spring 2022 quarter (March 29, 2022 – June 10, 2022), followed by a summer internship (June-September, 2022, exact dates TBD). The final segment of the program begins in the Fall 2022 quarter (September 29, 2022 – December 9, 2022). During the Fall 2021 quarter, continuing MSBA students must take campus-based classes and may not complete coursework remotely. Upon successful completion of all requirements, students graduate from the program in December 2022.
Please note: Students cannot accelerate their studies and graduate early. This is a 15-month, full-time program, and the courses are only offered once per year.
When is the deadline to apply?
Can I apply to both the Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) and MSBA programs this year?
No, you cannot apply to both programs. However, if you apply to the MFE program and do not receive an offer of admission, the MSBA program may consider your application provided you meet the minimum qualifications. Alternatively, if you only wish to be considered for the MSBA program this year, you will have to withdraw your MFE application first before applying to the MSBA program.
Where can I get an application?
What kind of jobs do UCLA Anderson MSBAs land?
MSBA graduates land a wide range of roles across multiple industries, often based upon the level of technical ability and programming skills they bring to the program. Students with stronger technical backgrounds, if interested, are more likely to land roles like “data scientist” or “data engineer.” Students who are less experienced and/or interested in the programming aspects of analytics land roles like “data analyst,” “business analyst,” and “product manager.
For an in-depth overview of career outcomes and the career services support we offer, please see the Career Impact page.
How much do MSBA students make in their first job out of the program?
How large is the entering class?
Are there any prerequisites for this program?
All prospective students are expected to have a strong quantitative background, including linear algebra, multivariate calculus, statistics and probability. In addition, applicants should have some experience or coursework in computer programming (e.g., C, Java, or Python), plus statistical and econometric modeling (e.g., R, SAS, STATA, or MATLAB). It is important to demonstrate competence in analytical skills in your application, through undergraduate math courses and/or your GMAT or GRE score.
What is the cost of the MSBA Program?
The total program cost for the Master of Science in Business Analytics, Class of 2022 is anticipated to be $66,709. This does not include living expenses, transportation, parking, books, health insurance, campus fees or a laptop computer. The cost is subject to change on an annual basis.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. Direct Unsubsidized Loans ($20,500 per academic year) are available. Graduate PLUS and private loans for amounts in excess of $20,500 are also available. For more information and to apply for a student loan, please submit a FAFSA application: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The school code for UCLA is 001315.
Private loans (Discover® Custom Graduate Loan and Quorum) for international students are also available. Please be advised that international students may only borrow up to mandatory program charges and health insurance. All international private loans are made by the specific lending institutions and not by the university. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Please be advised, to be eligible for the Discover Custom Graduate Loan, you must be residing in the United States during your program studies. Aggregate loan limits apply.
What is the cost of attendance (for financial aid purposes)?
All UCLA Anderson students are assigned a budget for the cost of education, including student charges, living expenses, books and supplies, and more. Please note the first-year budget includes a computer allowance. Typical Housing Costs information is also compiled by UC Office of the President and can give you an idea of housing costs in areas close to UCLA.
|Estimated Student Budget for the 2020–2021 Academic Year*|
|Estimated Student Charges**||$50,268|
|Computer Allowance (1st year only)||$1,137|
|Total Estimated Student Budget||$90,145|
*Budget listed is for one academic year.
**The student charges posted to the student billing statements are estimates based on existing amounts. These figures may not be final. Accordingly, final approved student charges (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
Are scholarships available?
Merit scholarships of varied amounts are awarded to students based on the overall strength of their admission application and relative strength in the pool of admits. Awards are made by the UCLA Anderson MSBA Program at the time of admission or at any point during the admissions cycle.
Where do I mail my official transcripts?
The UCLA Anderson MSBA office will accept an unofficial electronic copy of the transcript submitted with your application for admissions consideration, but will require an official copy sent directly from your university upon admission.
Transcripts can be mailed to:
UCLA Anderson MSBA Program
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
Does the MSBA qualify as a STEM program?
Yes, the UCLA Anderson MSBA program qualifies as STEM, which can extend an international student's Optional Practical Training (OPT) by 24 months - for a total of 36 months. OPT is temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study. OPT rules may be found here.
Is work experience required before applying to the UCLA Anderson MSBA program
Work experience is not required but it is recommended for admission to the UCLA Anderson MSBA program. It is important for you to assess your own readiness when deciding to apply. Recent college graduates who have exceptional academic records and test scores, as well as strong demonstrated leadership in college, are encouraged to apply to the UCLA Anderson MSBA program. We seek to admit students at different points in their professional lives. Please note that it is not the quantity, but the quality of your experience (and how it fits with your goals) that counts.
Is there an admission enrollment deposit?
Yes, admitted students who want to reserve a space in the incoming class must complete the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and must pay the enrollment fee. This fee is expected to be $2,000 for Fall 2021. This fee is non-refundable and counts as a deposit towards the total program fees.
How much do the letters of recommendation, interview, GMAT/GRE, etc., matter? Do you weigh one more heavily than the others?
Where can I get information about the GRE and GMAT?
Applications for and information concerning the GRE may be obtained by calling 609-771-7670, or by visiting the GRE website. Be sure to send GRE scores to institution code 2216 .
Applications for and information for the GMAT can be found on the GMAT website. The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) that is administered three weeks per month, six days per week throughout the year at approximately 400 computer-based testing sites in North America and many other parts of the world. To obtain further information and/or to make testing arrangements, visit the Graduate Management Admission Council website. Our school code to send test results to UCLA Anderson is 2NZ- 2F-21.
GMAT: Online testing will continue to be available through December 31. 2020. Nearly 80% of global test centers are open, including almost 100% of centers located in China. However, certain centers will operate at limited capacity to comply with social-distancing rules and new health and safety measures. For more information regarding the online exam format, please visit the following page: https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat-online.
GRE: Online testing will continue to be available through September 30, 2020. The test is identical in format and experience to the physical test. This is a home-based exam monitored by a human proctor online. Eligibility is determined by whether the traditional GRE exam is offered in your location or country. For more information regarding the online exam format, please visit the following page: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home/.
If I take the GMAT/GRE more than once, will the Admissions Committee average the scores or take the highest one?
I am an international student, can I still apply?
Yes! UCLA Anderson is home to many international students and faculty members. Applicants who do not have U.S. citizenship or permanent residence at the time of applying are considered as international. Please direct all your visa-related inquiries to the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars website for the most up-to-date information.
International students who have been admitted to the MSBA program will receive an email notification from the Dashew Center. This email will be sent shortly after paying the enrollment deposit and will have instructions on how to request an I-20.
If I am not from the United States or another English-speaking country, do I need to take the TOEFL?
Applicants who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom) in which English is both the primary spoken language of daily life and the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, are exempted from the TOEFL / IELTS requirement. Applicants who were educated in countries where English is not the primary spoken language of daily life are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS, no matter the language used at their school. This includes applicants with degrees from multi- lingual countries such as India, Nigeria, Pakistan, etc.
What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score that is required?
The overall minimum required band score on the IELTS is 7.0.
There are two different types of TOEFL tests you may take. The minimum score requirement for each is as follows:
- Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT): 87
- Paper-based TOEFL (TOEFL PBT): 560
Please note For the TOEFL iBT, the following are expected passing scores for each section and the minimum total passing score:
- Writing: 25
- Speaking: 24
- Reading: 21
- Listening: 17
Total minimum passing score: 87
Bear in mind that these are minimum scores, and that few applicants have been admitted with scores below 100 on the iBT, 260 on the TOEFL-CBT, or below 600 on the paper-based version. For more information, visit the TOEFL web site or call (609) 771-7100.
TOEFL test scores are valid for two (2) years.
To report the TOEFL score to us electronically, you must select institution code 4837 - UCLA ANDERSON SCHL OF MGMT and then choose "Graduate Schools of Management" as the department code.
What is the ESLPE for Admitted Applicants?
If you are an admitted applicant who has not met UCLA’s English language requirement, you must, upon arrival at UCLA, take the UCLA English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE). The ESLPE is an English diagnostic test.
If you achieved a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL iBT, or 7.5 or higher on the IELTS, the ESLPE requirement is waived!
If you scored below 100 on the TOEFL iBT, or below 7.5 on the IELTS, you must sit for the ESLPE upon arrival at UCLA. Depending on your results on the ESLPE, you may be required to complete English as a Second Language courses beginning in your first term at UCLA. If English courses are required, you should enroll in them right away, and you should also anticipate spending a longer period of time at the University.
Admission is canceled for those who do not pass the ESLPE.
What type of degree does the admissions committee require for domestic and international applicants?
At a minimum, students must satisfy the UCLA Graduate Division admissions requirements:
The general requirement for admission for a U.S. student is a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor's degree from the University of California. A scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better is required (or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used) —for the last 60 semester units or last 90 quarter units of undergraduate study and in any post-baccalaureate study.
Degrees which are not considered comparable include those granted on the basis of work completed at institutions which are not fully accredited and those granted on the basis of non-academic prior learning, test scores, or other than organized supervised coursework in academic subjects.
An international student whose post-secondary education is completed outside of the U.S. is expected to hold a degree representing completion of at least four years of study with above average scholarship from a university or university-level institution.
I have a degree from a 3-year program. Will my application be considered?
Can I work while I am in the program?
UCLA Anderson's MSBA Program is a full-time program. Part-time student status is not permitted. Students may work full-time (up to 40 hours per week) during their summer internship the quarter prior to graduation, and may work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during Winter, Spring, and the final Fall quarter with program approval. Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 each quarter and cumulatively, prioritizing academics over employment.
Can I check my application status over the telephone or via email?
Will pre-requisite courses completed on Coursera or MOOCs be eligible for consideration?
Do you accept transfer credits?
No. We do not accept transfer credits. You must apply online and go through the entire admissions process to see if you qualify for an offer of admission. If you are admitted, we require that you take all the courses offered in the curriculum while you are in the program, even if you had already taken them at another university.
Do I need a laptop computer for the MSBA Program?
What kind of job prospects are there for graduates?
The opportunities for graduates of UCLA Anderson's MSBA program will, by all evidence we have seen, be plentiful. A McKinsey Global Institute report on the state of the data science and analytics market estimates that by 2018, “the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the knowhow to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.” The report goes on to say that, “By 2018, in the United States, we estimate that 4 million positions will require these types of skills in a big data world. However, if we add together the number of people with these skills and new graduates who will enter the market (on current trends), we reach a total of only 2.5 million people in the United States in 2018. So there is a potential shortfall of 1.5 million data-savvy managers and analysts. This is not a gap likely to be filled simply by changing graduate requirement.”
In our own independent study based on LinkedIn data, we estimated that there were about 150,000 unique ads posted in 2016 that had the keyword "business analytics" in the job title (e.g., Business Analytics Associate or Business Analytics Consultant). Moreover, 19.4% of these jobs were located in California, which was the largest fraction among all states.
I received an offer from a competing program with a deadline but I still have not heard from UCLA Anderson. What should I do?
What if my submitted exam score is not reflecting on my application? e.g. GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS
Please disregard the exam status on the application, as we have the data at the departmental level. The IT department at UCLA is aware of the issue and making adjustments. If documents or information are missing from the application, we will contact you directly to request for the materials. Otherwise, if you do not receive a request for additional materials via email, your application is considered complete. Thank you for your patience.