Business Analytics | FAQ


  • How do I know if the Business Analytics program is right for me?
    The Business Analytics degree is designed for highly qualified undergraduate degree holders in business, mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, and other backgrounds (e.g. economics, operations research, and industrial engineering). Ideal applicants will demonstrate mathematical aptitude in their test scores and have quantitative and/or technical training in their coursework. We do not require work experience.
  • How long does it take to complete the Business Analytics program?
    The program takes three semesters. The 2015-2016 class will enroll in summer 2015 and graduate in spring 2016.
  • What days and times are classes available?
    Classes are taught in the daytime, Monday through Friday. We do not currently offer an evening or weekend option and students should expect to be in class full-time. We do not allow part-time enrollment.
  • Is there an online or off-site option for the program?
    We do not currently offer classes online and students must plan to attend classes at the UT Austin campus.
  • How much does the program cost?
    In 2015-2016: In-state Tuition & Fees: $36,000. Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $44,000. Tuition and fees will cover the standard summer, fall and spring sessions.
  • Which faculty members will be teaching the courses?
    While the faculty assignments may change from semester to semester, all courses in the Business Analytics program will be taught by our group of core and elective faculty.
  • What are the minimum GPA and GMAT or GRE requirements?
    There are no specific requirements, and as the program is new, there is no data from previous years.


    It is our expectation that our class profile will look similar to those of similar graduate programs within the McCombs School of Business. You can view the MBA class profile, including average GMAT and GPA, and the MPA class profile. Information on the MSTC GMAT is also available.


    Both your GPA and test scores, as well as your coursework, should demonstrate your ability to handle the quantitative nature of our curriculum. In addition, your resume, essay, and letters of recommendation will weigh heavily into an admissions decision.
  • Is work experience required?
    No work experience is required. A required part of the curriculum, the Business Intelligence Capstone, is designed to provide valuable work experience to program participants. We do not waive any application requirements (like GRE/GMAT) for applicants with work experience.
  • What sorts of careers can graduates expect to enter?
    Graduates will have a variety of career options in various fields, including consulting, consumer behavior, social networks, recommendation systems, fraud and crime detection, healthcare delivery, healthcare fraud, health sciences (e.g. genomics), supply chain, finance, cyber security, libraries, and network security.
  • Do I have to take the GMAT?
    No, but you must submit scores from either the GMAT or the GRE. The UT Austin code for submission of GRE scores is 6882. The GMAT code is 396-44-45.
  • Can I transfer credits from another program or otherwise waive required classes?
    No, students are required to take all courses with their program cohort in order to ensure adequate preparation for their career.
  • What are the program prerequisites?
    There are no prerequisites for the program, but the program is designed for undergraduate degree holders in business, mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics and other technical or quantitative backgrounds (e.g. economics, operations research or industrial engineering).
  • Is there a thesis requirement?
    At this time, students are not required to complete a thesis. Instead, all program participants complete a Business Intelligence Capstone in the final summer semester. The Capstone provides valuable hands-on, real-world experience.
  • Is the program available for international students?
    We invite every eligible student to apply. Your degree must meet the requirements set by the Graduate and International Admissions Center and you must submit acceptable scores on the TOEFL or IELTS. Please see the GIAC Prospective Students page for more information.
  • Is the TOEFL required?
    International students whose native language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For information on submitting these scores, or to learn more about waivers, please visit GIAC's Test Score Information. Note that we will require a TOEFL/IELTS for ALL international students who received a Bachelor's degree in a non-English-speaking country. We do not waive this requirement if you received a graduate degree in an English-speaking country or have work experience.

    Please note that English skills are essential for success in the Business Analytics program, both academically and professionally. As a result, the TOEFL or IELTS is an important element to the application because it is a standardized, objective measurement by which applicants can demonstrate their ability to speak, read, write, and understand English.

  • Will a degree from a foreign academic institution meet the program admission requirements?
    Your degree must be comparable to a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States. The Graduate and International Admissions Center will determine eligibility at the time of application.
  • Are scholarships or graduate assistantships available?
    The program expects to award merit based aid to a small number of qualified candidates. No separate application is necessary. Student loan information is available from the Office of Student Financial Services. We do not provide on-campus employment (TA, GRA) or full tuition waivers.

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