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 course within the last five 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 do not need to 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 non-refundable application fee

  • Current résumé uploaded through the online application system; résumés should highlight any academic or professional experience related to analytics

  • Two letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references

  • Statement of career objectives - 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: Upload copies of your transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, whether or not the program was completed or the credit appears as a transfer credit on another transcript. Note that admitted students will be required to submit official, sealed transcripts with proof of bachelor’s degree. There is no need to submit them at the time when you first apply.

  • Interview: Candidates may be invited to a brief 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.

International Applicants

  • 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 24-month extension (36 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 one year of subsequent graduate education.

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

Application Deadlines

Fall 2018

  • Priority Deadline: 11/15/2017
  • Final International Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Final Deadline: 7/15/2018


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