About MSBA Admissions
When should I apply?
The UC Davis MSBA has multiple rounds of admissions. Given
the high volume of applications, candidates who are seeking
priority consideration for scholarships, as well as international
applications, should apply by Round 3 or earlier. The
program admits on a rolling basis, and Round 4 is space-available
for international applicants.
How much is the application fee?
The application fee is U.S. $125, you may pay with Visa,
MasterCard, American Express, Discover or electronic check.
What factors are considered in admissions
The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic potential,
professional promise and personal qualities. These factors are
not listed in order of importance, and we look at each candidate
individually. Ourgoal is to assemble a class of students who will
bring diverse perspectives to the learning environment.
What is required for application to the MSBA
- Current resume
- List of outside activities, awards and honors
- Essay (300 words)
- Transcripts from all institutions attended
- Two recommendations in sealed envelopes or submitted online
- Official GMAT or GRE score
- Official TOEFL or IELTS (international applicants)
- $125 application fee
Am I required to take the GMAT or GRE exam ?
In recognition of potential testing challenges posed by COVID-19,
for the fall 2021 MSBA application, prospective students are
eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver. If you choose to exercise the
waiver, you will indicate this in the application for admission.
You will also need to indicate the reason for the waiver.
Please note, this will mean that your coursework taken would
then form the sole basis for assessing your academic readiness
for the program.
Similar to all components of the application, your goal
should be to submit the strongest application to represent your
candidacy. Candidates are welcome to supplement additional
quantitative and computing coursework with on-premise as well as
How do I report my GMAT and GRE Scores?
Test scores are valid for five (5) years.
Option 1: GMAT
You may register for the GMAT test by contacting the Graduate
Management Admissions Council directly.
You must request that your official scores are sent directly to
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Admissions using the
following code: Master of Business Analytics
Option 2: GRE
You may register for the GRE test by contacting Educational
Testing Services (ETS) directly.
You must request that ETS send your official scores directly to
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Admissions using the
Designated Institution (DI) code: 7887.
I don’t have an undergraduate degree in statistics,
computer science or engineering. Can I still apply to the UC
Yes, we have alumni from many different backgrounds in the
program, including accounting, business, economics, the liberal
arts and more. We seek students who show a passion for analytics
via academics, professional engagements and/or volunteerism. The
requirements to qualify for the MSBA program are:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Successful completion of prerequisite coursework in these
- The prerequisite courses may be “in progress” at the time of
applying, but must be completed before beginning the MSBA program
in the fall. Prerequisites cannot be taken concurrently with the
What is the language testing requirement?
Applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS examination scores
unless they have earned or will be earning a bachelor’s,
master’s, or doctoral degree from either:
- A regionally accredited U.S. college or university where
English is the sole language of instruction, OR
- A foreign college or university which provides instruction
solely in English. UC Davis Graduate School of Management will
only approve waivers for foreign colleges and universities that
list English as the sole language of instruction in the
IAU World Higher Education
Database. We will not review or accept any other
Minimum score requirements for the TOEFL are 600 on the paper
test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the
internet-based test. The minimum score for the IELTS is 7.0 out
of 9.0. Although candidates who do not meet the score requirement
are welcome to submit an application for admission, we rarely
offer admission to someone with a score below the minimum.
What is required for admissions for international
International candidates should refer to the language testing
requirement immediately preceding to see if it is
applicable. In addition, international candidates must have
completed a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent.
We require a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S.
bachelor’s degree—16 total years of education. We see a
large number of international applicants with three-year
undergraduate degrees; generally speaking, these applicants
usually need to complete a one-year postgraduate diploma to meet
the degree requirement. There are a number of organizations that
perform academic credential evaluations. We recommend using one
of these services to determine the exact standing of your
degree/s. For example, you may want to visit World Education
System at wes.org/ca/index.asp.
If I have a transcript from abroad, do I need to have it
We accept transcripts from foreign schools in English without any
If a transcript is not in English, and thus is in need of
translation, UC Davis accepts translation from three sources:
- WES (World Education Services)
- ECE (Educational Credential Evaluations)
- IERF (International Education Research Foundation)
Is work experience required for admission to the MSBA
Work experience is not required for admission, but will certainly
be considered as part of your overall applicant profile if you do
have an employment history. The UC Davis MSBA program admits
students with a range of experience as well as students who
enroll directly from an undergraduate program without traditional
work experience. Not having post-undergraduate work experience
will not put an applicant at a disadvantage for admission.
However, internships and leadership activities are a
critical element of the application for candidates coming
straight from an undergraduate institution.
Do I need to submit official copies of my transcripts and
test scores along with my MSBA application?
You can submit unofficial copies with your
application, transcripts and test scores can be electronically
uploaded with your online application. If you are offered
admission, UC Davis will require official, sealed copies of
transcripts from all institutions attended (including coursework
taken after applying to the MSBA program) and official score
reports sent from the testing service.
What is the institutional code for UC Davis so that I can
have score reports submitted?
For GMAT: B1S-VF-90
For GRE: 7887
For TOEFL: 4834 (Department Code 02)
For IELTS: You must request that the testing center send your
official scores directly to the UC Davis Graduate School of
Management; no code is required. For more information on the
IELTS, please contact IELTS International at (323)
What is the mailing address for MSBA Admissions?
UC Davis Graduate School of Management
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Attn: MSBA Admissions
Is it possible start the program in the winter or
The program has one start date per year and starts each August on
a full-time basis. However, applications are accepted through multiple
rounds throughout the year. Please note, round 3 is the
priority for scholarship consideration and international
applications. Following round 3, applications from
international candidates are accepted and reviewed on a
When will I hear back?
While there may be some variation from round to round due to the
applicant volume, the program aims to return a decision to
candidates within 10 weeks of the round deadline under which they
submitted their application.
About the master of business analytics Program
How long does it take to complete the UC Davis MSBA
The MSBA is 44 units of graduate courses and includes a
program-spanning practicum with an active corporate partner.
Classes start in August and end in June of the following year.
What are the days and hours of the MSBA program?
Classes meet on Friday approximately between (noon–9 p.m.) and
Saturday (9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.), as well as most Wednesdays. Working
professionals have priority registration for evening classes on
Financing the MSBA
Does the Graduate School of Management offer scholarships
Both the University of California and the Graduate School of
Management have financial aid available for students, including
The application for admissions doubles as the scholarship
application. GSM scholarships are merit-based and are offered at
the same time as offers of admission. You will be notified in
your admissions letter if you have been selected for a GSM
For more information about financial aid, please see: UC Davis
Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Are there other scholarships or grants available from
There are a range of scholarships available through both
public and private sources. You are ultimately responsible for
securing funding for your MSBA, however there is an abundance of
information about scholarships. Students should explore general
scholarships as well as scholarships from affinity groups.
Consider what kind of package best fits both your needs and your
Are international students eligible for financial aid
from UC Davis?
Most types of financial aid are not available for students
with the following visa types: F-1 or F-2 Student, G Series, H
Series, J-1 or J-2 Exchange Visitor. International students may
be eligible for scholarships, alternative loans and
For more information, visit the
UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships website.
MSBA Career Development
What kind of career development opportunities does the
Graduate School of Management offer?
The School’s Career Development department has a proven
track record of successfully assisting our students with their
career search. Our experienced team is a resource for MSBA
students as they plan their entry into the exciting career field
of business analytics.
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- Individual counseling to sharpen job search strategies
- Career development workshops
- Group meetings with career development staff
- Mock interviews
- Access to national and international job listings
- Participation in national conferences
- Corporate site visits, guest speakers and information
sessions with industry leaders
International Students and Opportunities
What resources are available for international
Visit the UC Davis
Services for International Students & Scholars Office (SISS)
or call (530) 752-0864.
What are the chances of working in the U.S. after I
receive my MSBA?
International students should be aware there are challenges to
securing employment postgraduation due to the cost of sponsoring
a working visa (H-1B visa). This program is qualified as a STEM
degree. With that said, it is possible for highly-qualified
international students to be offered positions in the U.S.
Details are available on the current placement report.
The most successful candidates:
- Demonstrate a very strong fluency in English, both written
- Are comfortable with and have a clear understanding of U.S.
culture and ways of interacting in a professional setting
- Take advantage of all resources offered by the GSM and UC
Davis career services
- Are flexible and open minded with regard to their
opportunities for employment
Is this degree STEM certified?
The Masters of Science in Business Analytics is a STEM-certified
degree. Qualified graduates of the program will have the
opportunity to work for 36 months in the U.S. using Optional
Practical Training (OPT).
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Why did UC Davis add questions pertaining to gender
identity and sexual orientation to our graduate
On October 8, 2011, then-California Governor Jerry Brown signed
Assembly Bill 620, which includes a request that the University
of California provide the opportunity for students,
faculty and staff to report their sexual orientation, gender
identity and gender expression on any forms used to collect
In 2012 then-UC President Mark Yudof created and charged the
Task Force & Implementation Team on LGBT Climate and Inclusion
(LGBT Task Force) with developing priorities, strategies and
expected resource requirements to advance recommendations
submitted by the LGBT Working Group of the President’s Advisory
Council on Campus Climate and Inclusion. On May 30, 2014, the
LGBT Task Force presented a report to UC President Janet
Napolitano with a recommendation to implement AB 620.
In September 2014 UC President Janet Napolitano formed the
President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty and
Staff, which comprises faculty, LGBT Center staff,
students and community experts. They were charged with
making the UC system a gold standard for LGBT issues and to
provide recommendations for the implementation of AB 620 by
collecting data on gender identity and sexual orientation through
the admission application.
Providing the LGBT community with the option to self-identify
supports the university’s priorities of creating an inclusive and
welcoming campus environment across the UC system. Including
these questions on the graduate application signals to applicants
that UC is an inclusive environment and that the LGBT community
is part of it. As with all other demographic questions on the
admission application, providing gender identity and sexual
orientation data is voluntary, optional and as required by
law, and does not impact admission decisions.
What is the wording of the gender identity and sexual
1) How do you describe yourself?
- Trans Male/Trans Man
- Trans Female/Trans Woman
- Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming
- Different Identity (please specify)
2) What sex were you assigned at birth, such as on an original
- Decline to state
Do you consider yourself to be:
- Heterosexual or straight
- Gay or lesbian
- Not listed above (please specify)
How were the gender identity questions
The Transgender Health Advocacy Coalition in Philadelphia,
Penn., developed the two-step question protocol for gender
identity data collection in 1997. The Center of Excellence for
Transgender Health and UC San Francisco began advocating the use
of the two-step protocol in 2007, and the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention adopted it in 2011. The two-step
method was also cognitively tested by two research teams as part
of the Williams Institute’s research on best practices to
identify transgender people and other gender minorities through
Why is the gender identity measure comprised of two
The two-step question protocol for gender identity data
collection involves first querying the respondent’s current
gender identity, followed by a second question that asks the
respondent to state their sex assigned a birth. Research has
shown that together, these two variables work well in identifying
transgender and other gender minority respondents. The two items
are cross-tabulated to identify those who currently identify with
their assigned sex (non-transgender) and those who do not
currently identify with their assigned sex at birth (transgender
and other gender minorities).
How was the sexual orientation question
The Williams Institute at UCLA recommended the question regarding
sexual orientation after a five-year study of sexual orientation
measures. The question has been thoroughly tested and is
currently in use in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS),
the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), and other
state-level surveys. In keeping with approaches employed by NHIS
and CHIS, respondents are provided a space to self-identify if
the available answer options do not suit them.
How will UC Davis use responses?
Data collected on gender identity and sexual orientation provide
UC Davis with meaningful population data necessary for targeting
resources and other student support services (e.g., scholarships
and themed housing). These data also enable campuses to develop
curricular and co-curricular offerings that reflect students’
diverse perspectives and that promote a safe and welcoming
learning environment for all students.
As a recipient of federal Title IV financial aid funds, UC Davis
is required to gather and report demographic data for
undergraduate and graduate students, including gender data. For
federal reporting purposes (i.e., IPEDS), it is recommended that
Trans Female/Trans Woman be reported as Women, and Trans
Male/Trans Man be reported as men. In addition, genderqueer and
gender non-conforming individuals are reported as their sex
assigned at birth.
Data collected is included on the student record, unless the
student opts for “only aggregate” reporting. If a student opts
for exclusion from their personal record, these data
are maintained in aggregate form at the campus and student
Students are provided with an avenue to update or change
their gender identity or sexual orientation data through online
campus student portals or an alternate method determined by the
What is the definition of the terms used in the data
Bisexual – A person whose primary sexual and
affectional orientation is toward people of the same and other
genders, or toward people regardless of their gender.
Gay – A sexual and affectional orientation
toward people of the same gender.
Gender – A social construct used to classify a
person as a man, woman or some other identity.
Gender Expression – How one expresses oneself,
in terms of dress, mannerisms and/or behaviors that
society characterizes as “masculine” or “feminine.”
Gender Non-Conforming – People who do not
subscribe to gender expressions or roles expected of them by
Gender Queer – A person’s whose gender
identity and/or gender expression falls outside of the dominant
social norm for their assigned sex, is beyond genders, or is
some combination of them
Heterosexual/Straight – A sexual orientation
in which a person feels physically and emotionally attracted to
people of a gender other than their own.
Lesbian – A woman whose primary sexual and
affectional orientation is toward people of the same gender.
Transgender – Used most often as an umbrella
term; some commonly held definitions: 1) someone whose gender
identity or expression does not fit within dominant group
social constructs of assigned sex and gender; 2) a gender
outside of the man/woman binary; 3) having no gender or
Trans Man/Trans Male – A female-to-male (FTM)
transgender person who was assigned female at birth, but whose
gender identity is that of a man.
Trans Woman/Trans Female – A male-to-female
(MTF) transgender person who was assigned male at birth, but
whose gender identity is that of a woman.
For additional terms, visit the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center
website at: http://lgbtqia.ucdavis.edu/lgbt-education/lgbtqia-glossary.