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Application deadlines for the student cohort beginning June 2021:


  • November 15 - Round 1: Early applicants
  • January 15 - Round 2: Priority domestic applicants and international students planning to apply for a new student visa (F1/J1)
  • April 15 - Final application deadline for domestic applicants (US citizens or permanent residents with green cards) and international applicants who currently have an H1-B, H4, or other visa (including transferring an I-20 from another school)
  • Rolling admissions are on a space-available basis
  • Early admission decisions may be made on a case-by-case basis

Start your application now!


The Master of Science in Business Analytics program uses an online application process. Be sure to review the admissions requirements below. To begin your application, create a profile in the online application and follow the instructions. You may save your information and return as often as you’d like until you submit your completed application. A credit, debit card, or electronic check with a U.S. bank account is required for the application fee.


Application Steps and Components

1. Online Applicant Profile

Create your online application profile via the UW Graduate Admissions website. After creating your profile, you will be asked to select program information:

  • Select your application type: “Graduate”
  • Select your graduate program: “UW Tacoma's Milgard School of Business Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA Program”
  • Complete the rest of the new application. Be sure to indicate the quarter and year you wish to enter.

2. Personal Statement

A personal statement is required as a part of your online application. The essay must be within 750 words and should answer the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in the UW Tacoma Milgard MSBA program and what skills do you hope to gain from it?
  • What are your future career goals and plans in the next 5 to 10 years? How will the MSBA Program help you reach your goals?
  • Applicants are selected not only for their potential to benefit from the program but also for the experiences and knowledge they can contribute to the class. What will you contribute to the MSBA Program?

3. Resume

Your resume must be uploaded to your online application. It should be a complete summary of your education and professional work history in reverse chronological format. For each position, include:

  • Company name and division/group/department
  • Position title
  • Dates of employment or internship
  • Responsibility summary – a 2 to 4 sentence section describing your primary responsibilities for each position
  • Accomplishments– 2 to 4 bullets for each position

4. Contact information for references

Recommendation letters are OPTIONAL items for students who would like to strengthen their applications. Applicants are required to list two people who are able to provide detailed information about their academic performance, employment responsibilities/accomplishments, activities, personality or character. We will only contact your references if we need additional information when making an admission decision. Provide the following information for each reference: Last Name, First Name, Title/Company Name, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Relationship to Applicant (e.g. supervisor, professor, colleague)

5. Transcripts

Transcripts are required from all college institutions in which a degree was granted. For the application review process, you are required to upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts to your online application. These documents should be generated by the institution (e.g., a scan of an official document or a PDF created from a student portal). Anything appearing self-generated is not considered a valid document. When you are offered admission to MSBA, you will be required to submit an official copy of your transcripts to the UW Graduate School. Please do not mail official transcripts to the MSBA office; additional instructions will be provided to admitted students.

Required content for all transcripts:

  • Full name of applicant (former names are acceptable if indicated on application)
  • Name of degree-granting institution
  • Title(s) of academic degree(s) awarded
  • Dates of enrollment, including date of graduation/degree conferral
  • Names of individual courses
  • Grades, marks, or ratings of individual courses
  • International transcripts must include official English translations
  • Both marks sheets and degree statements are required, if applicable

6. Prerequisite Self-Review

All applicants are required to include a self-review of their experience and skill in the following prerequisite areas:
  1. Information Technology/Systems
  2. Math, Probability and Statistics
  3. Business Foundations Courses (i.e. Marketing/Management/Operations Management/Accounting/Finance, etc…)
  4. R
  5. Python Programming
  6. MS Excel
  7. Data and Database Management
  8. Data Modeling
  9. SQL

Please share 1-2 sentences outlining your background in each area, including any undergraduate coursework, online training, work experience, post-baccalaureate coursework, etc…that you may have completed prior to submitting the application. Students lacking experience in one or more of the pre-requisite areas may be eligible for conditional admission into the MSBA program. You are welcome to submit your application materials without pre-requisites to be considered for conditional admission. Applicants receiving a conditional offer of admission will be required to fulfill all of the pre-requisite areas within 3 months of the program start date.

One way to fulfill this requirement is by attending the Foundations for Data Analytics program offered through the Center for Business Analytics. For an additional fee, conditionally admitted MSBA students may enroll in the Foundations modules after their first quarter of study (during the summer academic break) in order to fulfill some or all of the MSBA pre-requisite areas.  Click here to check out Foundations for Data Analytics 

We will be offering online Foundations for Data Analytics in April 2020 and September 2020 to assist students to fulfill prerequisite areas. Register here: https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/center-business-analytics/business-analytics-foundations

7. GMAT/GRE score is optional for all applicants

Submitting a GMAT/GRE score is optional for all applicants. However, we strongly advise that the following applicants submit GMAT/GRE scores to strengthen their application:

  • International applicants who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the United States
  • Applicants who have less than 2 years of post-baccalaureate professional experience
  • Applicants who have between a 3.0-3.25 GPA, or equivalent, on a 4.0 scale

Official GMAT/GRE scores be sent to:
University Name: University of Washington Tacoma
School Name: Milgard School of Business
Program Name: Master of Science in Business Analytics
GMAT Program Code: ZRZ-NM-21
GRE Score Report Code: 4854

In the admissions process, we convert GRE scores to GMAT using the ETS Comparison Tool (http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool). These exams are offered year-round and can be taken multiple times. Scores are valid for five years and you must take the exam at least two weeks before the admissions deadline to allow for the scores to be matched with your application. If you have taken the exam more than once, the admissions committee will use your highest total score to evaluate your application.

Request that your official scores be sent to the University of Washington Tacoma MSBA Program. Include your score breakdown in the Self-Reported Test Score sections in the online application. Click here for more information about taking the GMAT/GRE (https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/admissions/taking-gre-or-gmat).

8. Proof of English Language Proficiency

If your native language is not English, the University of Washington requires you to demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways (Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements):

  • A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom. While enrolled at the degree-granting school, the student must be in residence on campus.
  • Official documentation from the applicant’s undergraduate degree-granting institution (if the institution is in a country other than those listed above) verifying that all instruction is in English. A minimum of three years of enrollment at the undergraduate institution is required and the degree must be equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. Documentation must be presented to the Graduate School; credential service reports are not acceptable. Acceptable documentation must be one of the following:
    • Official or attested letter from the undergraduate college, university Registrar, or Controller of Examinations office.
    • Official transcripts, attested mark sheets or degree statements, are also accepted if English is stated as the medium of instruction.
  • An official letter stating successful completion of one of the following UW Intensive English Programs (IEP). The letter must be submitted to the Graduate School.
  • Complete an English language proficiency exam: International TOEFL iBT - minimum 92. We accept MyBest scores.  We no longer accept IELTS scores. English test scores are not required if you receive a bachelor's degree from a U.S. university. The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition may be an option for students impacted by test center closures.

NOTE: Most test scores are valid for two years. All scores must be submitted electronically to the University of Washington. Instructions on submitting these scores can be found at the Graduate School website.

9. Non-refundable Application Fee ($85)

A non-refundable application fee of $85 must be paid by credit card through the online application system. You must submit a separate application and pay a separate application fee for each graduate program you are applying to. We are not able to transfer applications between programs. Application fee waivers are available.

10. Video Interview Recording

Applicants are required to create and submit a short video interview. The video interview allows us to get to know you better, assess your communication skills as well as your ability to think quickly and creatively. The interview consists of pre-recorded questions by the MSBA Program where your responses to these questions are recorded. You will need a computer with internet access, a webcam and a microphone. If you encounter any barriers in fulfilling this requirement, please contact the program recruiter.

11. Additional International Applicant Information

If you are an admitted international applicant and indicated you would be requesting an I-20 or DS-2019, you will be given separate instructions. International students often have very specific questions regarding language, financial requirements, and employment opportunities. Due to the program starting in summer quarter, there is a limited amount of time to submit your request and provide the financial documents. Delaying this process may result in not obtaining your visa in time to join the program.

  • Transcripts: In addition to the transcripts listed above, international students must submit their official transcripts and degree statements from all institutions attended with certified translations in English to the UW Graduate School.
  • All I-20 Forms: If you are currently residing in the U.S., provide photocopies of all 1-20 Certificate of Eligibility forms with the F-1 visa stamp, or DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility forms) with the J-1 visa stamp or any current visa status forms issued to you. Please mail copies of these to the UW Graduate School and the Master of Science in Business Analytics at Milgard School of Business, University of Washington Tacoma.

The MSBA program classes are currently 100% online. Please review MSBA FAQ page for more information for international students.

12. Application Verification 

Login to the UW Graduate School Application and verify that your application is complete.  Please note that all required materials must be received before your application can be evaluated. You may be contacted by the Milgard MSBA Program Office requesting additional material as needed.

13. Next Steps

What you can expect after you have submitted your application:

  • Notification of Admission Decision: For applicants who complete the application process by the deadline, an admissions decision will be provided on a rolling basis. All communication regarding the status of your application, including admission decisions, will be through electronic mail only.
  • Post Admission Follow Up: If you are admitted to the Milgard School of Business MSBA program and choose to attend, please log back into your application page and follow the steps online. All admitted students will be asked to make a decision and pay their Enrollment Confirmation Deposit within one month of receiving an offer of admission into the incoming summer cohort. If no decision is made by the student, the program may choose to offer this seat to another applicant. Please contact msba@uw.edu if additional time is required to make a decision.
  • Applicants admitted from the waitlist may be given a shorter amount of time to convey a decision to the admissions team, depending on how close it is to the start of the program.

Student Laptop Recommendations

MSBA Program requires extensive data analysis, visualization and computing, therefore a laptop with suitable capabilities is required by each student. You are making a significant investment in your education by pursuing this master degree and it is wise to support that investment by ensuring that your computer’s capabilities permit you to learn skills and knowledge, and practice and complete all coursework in a timely fashion with high quality results. During your education, you will use most software resources from cloud computing. We will provide a guidance to ensure that your existing computer or a new computer that you may purchase will enable your success in the MSBA Program. Recommendations for a laptop computer will be provided later in the process.