MSBA | Admission

Qualifications & Prerequisites


  • Bachelor’s Degree: From a regionally accredited college or university
  • Strong Academic Performance
  • Demonstrated Professional Interest: In business analytics


Successful applicants to GWSB’s MSBA program will have exposure and experience* in the following areas:

  • Statistics
    Applicants should have taken and obtained a B or higher in an undergraduate or graduate statistics within the last 5 years, be able to demonstrate regular use of statistics in a current or past professional position, or be able to demonstrate an adequate understanding of statistics in another way.
  • Higher Level Mathematics (Calculus and Linear Algebra)
    In general, students should be able to demonstrate regular use of mathematics principles and methods and an adequate understanding of calculus and basic linear algebra.  Applicants should have taken and obtained a B or higher in undergraduate or graduate level Calculus classes, including Calculus I (MATH1231) and Calculus II (equivalent to MATH1232). In addition, students are expected to have had some academic exposure to topics in Linear Algebra and Finite Math (equivalent to MATH1051).
  • Computer Programming
    Applicants should be able to demonstrate adequate exposure to and understanding of basic computer programming and software principles. Applicants need not have a specific understanding of analytics-based computer programs and software. Instead, the goal is for applicants to demonstrate that they are capable of learning the specific programs emphasized in the MSBA program.

*Applicants may satisfy the above prerequisites through an online offering such as Coursera.

Online Application Requirements

To be considered complete, the following must be included in the online application:

  • Completed Online Application: With $75 non-refundable application fee.
  • Current Résumé: Uploaded through the online application system. Resumes should highlight any academic or professional experience related to analytics.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: From professional and/or academic references.
  • Statement of Career Objective: In no more than 500 words, describe your career objectives and how the MSBA program will help you meet those objectives.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Transcripts
    From all colleges/universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as a transfer credit on another transcript. Please mail official transcripts to the mailing address at the end of this page. Unofficial copies may be uploaded to your online application, however official transcripts are required to complete your application.
  • Interview
    Some applicants may be contacted for an interview.
  • GMAT Score or GRE Score
    Test date must be within past five years. GMAT code: QK4-4F-40; GRE code: 5246

    Not eligible for a test waiver? George Washington applicants can benefit from 10% off any Kaplan GMAT or GRE preparation course. Use discount code GWUSB10.

For International Applicants Only

  • English Language Evaluation*
    Applicants who have not completed a degree in a country in which English is the principal language must submit one of the following—an official TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based test), an official IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0, or a PTE Academic Score of at least 68. Test date must be within the past two years.
    TOEFL code: 5246
  • STEM Designation
    The GW MSBA degree is a STEM designated degree program. International students of the MSBA program are eligible for up to a 17 month extension (29 months total) for their OPT upon graduation.
  • 4-Year Bachelor Degree
    The GW MSBA program cannot consider applicants with 3-year bachelor degrees unless they have completed a minimum of 1 year of subsequent graduate education.

*Not required if you have received a subsequent degree from an accredited university in the United States or Canada.

Admitted Student Profile

While we do not have minimum requirements for test scores, GPA or work experience, our program does attract top academic and professional talent. Statistics from the most recent admission period are as follows:

  • Average GMAT Score: 697
  • Average GPA: 3.26
  • Percentage Military or Veteran: 6%
  • Percentage Female: 60%
  • Percentage International: 80%
  • Average Age: 26

Admission Deadlines

The MSBA program only admits students for the Fall semester.

Fall Term

Round Application Deadline Decisions Announced
R3 12/5/2016 1/27/2017
R4 2/1/2017 3/10/2017
R5* 4/3/2017 4/28/2017
R6 6/26/2017 7/14/2017
R7 7/17/2017 8/4/2017

* International applications must be received before the Round 5 deadline to be considered for the Fall Term.