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Rady School of Management – UC San Diego - MS Business Analytics

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 four-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.


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 separate one-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

Total enrollment in the MSBA program is 55 students, with 58 percent identifying as female and 42 percent as male. A notable 92 percent of students identify as international. 35 percent of students earned Engineering or Computer Science undergraduate degrees. The average amount of work experience is 18 months, and the average GPA upon entry is 3.5. Median GMAT score is 710.

Class Profile

Total enrollment in the MSBA program is 73 students, with 59 percent are female and 41 percent male. A notable 82 percent of students are of international origin. About 31 percent of students earned Accounting/Finance undergraduate degrees. The average amount of work experience is 36 months, and the average GPA upon entry is 3.43. The median GMAT score is 710.


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, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Current tuition for the UC San Diego MS Business Analytics costs $1,160 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.


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)
    9. $105 Domestic Application Fee, $125 International Application Fee

Summer 2020 deadlines are as follows:

Dec. 1, 2019 – 1st Round
February 1, 2020 – 2nd Round
April 1, 2020 – 3rd Round / International Student Deadline
June 1, 2020 – 4th Round Deadline

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