Rady School of Management – UC San Diego

UC San Diego MS Business Analytics Program Structure

The UC San Diego MS Business Analytics (MSBA) at Rady School of Management is a one year full time program.  The program is composed of a pre-term orientation and four semesters – the last of which includes a 4-unit capstone course (during summer).

The program emphasizes how to use data and analytics to identify business opportunities, generate business insights and create business solutions.


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The UC San Diego MS Business Analytics is a 50-unit, STEM designated degree program. The curriculum consists of four 4-unit core courses, two 1-unit core courses, and 32 units from a set of elective courses, as well as a mandatory Pre-term Orientation.

MSBA students will:

  1. Use predictive analytics and optimization for data driven decision-making in marketing, finance, management and operations
  2. Collect, clean, visualize, and analyze data
  3. Use statistical and optimization tools (e.g., R, Shiny, Radiant)
  4. Create and implement business analytics solutions


The Rady School Career Connections staff provides students with a network of support as they pursue their post-graduation career goals.

Rady Graduate Career Connections actively works with Rady students to provide assistance during the application process for internships or full-time employment, and prepare them for career success through guidance and mentoring.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2016-17 UC San Diego MS Business Analytics costs $1,058 per unit.

To be considered for financial assistance or non-subsidized loans, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Rady provides limited merit-based fellowship support to exceptional individuals. All domestic and international admitted students are invited to apply for a Rady fellowship by requesting the Fellowship Application from the Graduate Admissions office after they receive their official offer of admission.

Admissions Procedures

The Rady School admissions team reviews applications as they are received and makes decisions on a rolling basis. The number of seats is limited so applying early increases your likelihood of gaining admission.

It is expected that most successful applicants will have either (i) an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics, economics, statistics, physics, engineering, or computer science, or (ii) five or more years of work experience in the public or private sector.

Students with a non-quantitative undergraduate degree and less than five years of work experience will be considered on an exceptional basis if (1) their work experience is in the area of business analytics or marketing research or (2) they have developed a strong quantitative background through additional coursework or relevant work experience. The program will only admit students who have a solid foundation in quantitative methods, particularly knowledge of probability and statistics and the use of statistical applications such as R, SAS, STATA, and Matlab.

Additionally, each student must demonstrate evidence of programming proficiency from prior college coursework, professional experience, a certificate from a continuing education program, or a Coursera course on R-programming.

UC San Diego MS Business Analytics  application requirements:

  1. Online application form
  2. Transcripts
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Quantitative Background
  5. Recommendations
  6. State of Purpose
  7. GMAT or GRE Scores
  8. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score (for international applicants only)

$90 Domestic Application Fee, $180 International Application Fee