Business Analytics

Admissions 

Applications for the MSBA are submitted through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School. However, Haslam has application requirements specific to the MSBA.

Requirements

Haslam’s MSBA program seeks students with strong quantitative abilities and a desire to help businesses with their data-driven decisions. Each admissions decision is based on many factors: undergraduate coursework, quantitative aptitude, undergraduate GPA, work experience, references, test scores and a personal interview.

Prerequisite Coursework: 
We do not require a specific undergraduate degree. The most successful students are those who have a strong technical aptitude and have taken quantitative courses in their undergraduate program of study, such as math, statistics and calculus.


Work Experience: 
We highly encourage professional work experience (paid position, internship, and/or co-operative learning) prior to entering our business analytics program. Due to the lock-step nature of our program, transfer credits are not accepted.

Interview: 
We encourage students to use the interview as an opportunity to make sure our program is a good fit for them. We prefer to meet students in person, and ask that they make every attempt to schedule a campus visit. If this is not possible, we can arrange a phone interview.


GPA: 
Due to the highly specialized nature of this program, anything below a 3.0 will typically not be considered. Our average GPA varies with each incoming class. It typically averages 3.4 (4.0 scale).

GRE/GMAT: 
Either the GRE or the GMAT is required for all applicants regardless of previous experience. No preference is given to either test. We do not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE or GMAT; however, students best-suited for our program typically perform well above average on the quantitative portion.

English Language Proficiency: 
The TOEFL or IELTS is required for students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from a U.S. college/university dated less than two years prior to entering the MSBA program. The program requires a score of 100ibt (250cbt and 600 paper test) or higher on the TOEFL. A score of 7.5 or higher is required for the IELTS. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.


Laptop: 
MSBA coursework uses software that functions best on computers with high processing speed and larger memory. We recommend a PC with an Intel or Intel-compatible Pentium 4 class processor, a minimum of 1 GB RAM but 4 GB is ideal, and 100 GB of disk space. If you have a Mac, it can work but you will need a virtual machine to run Windows.

Tuition & Financial Aid

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the University of Tennessee among the top 10 best buys in higher education. Forbes also ranked Knoxville as having the second lowest cost of living of all U.S. cities. An up-to-date schedule of tuition and fees for in and out of state students can be found on UT’s Graduate School website.

Tuition and fees listed on the graduate school’s website do not include room, board, books and supplies or other living expenses. 

Estimates for other costs include:
Business Analytics Fee $1,500 per semester
Books $2,000-$3,000 total
School Supplies $600 total
Computer $1,500-2,000 total
Recommended parking pass $182 per year
Rent $400-$900 per month
Health Insurance $2,222 total

Financial Aid 
Learn about federal student loans and other need-based financial aid for graduate students at the UT Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Complete the FAFSA Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 15.

Many out-of-state candidates in the Southeast region can obtain in-state tuition rates through Academic Common Market. Students using Post-911 GI Benefits are particularly likely to benefit.

Deadlines

Applications are accepted for fall semester only. The application deadline for international students and the priority deadline to be considered for graduate assistantships, fellowships and scholarships is February 1. Applications are accepted after February 1 and receive full consideration until the class is filled. We will begin extending offers in March.