Master's Program Requirements

All applicants must meet the general Graduate School requirements for admission to Master’s Degree programs.  In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are the minimum admissions requirements for the M.S. in Data Science and Business Analytics:Campus Tour

  • Acceptable scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE or GMAT (Applicants that have earned a terminal degree (PhD, JD, or MD) may ask for this requirement to be waived.)

  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above 

The Admissions Committee consists of program faculty who are responsible for reviewing, evaluating, and scoring the applications. The admissions scoring equation consists of five components: (1) GMAT/GRE scores, (2) undergraduate preparation including GPA, (3) letters of recommendation,(4) statement of purpose,(5) and relevant volunteer and professional experience.

Graduate Certificate Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in DSBA is open to all students who hold a B.S. or M.S. degree in any scientific, engineering or business discipline and either are enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte or complete their undergraduate degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA. The admissions scoring equation consists of the following components: (1) undergraduate preparation including GPA, (2) statement of purpose, (3) and relevant volunteer and professional experience.

    Both Programs Require:

    • Earned undergraduate degree in any scientific, engineering or business discipline or a closely related field
    • Statement of Purpose outlining the goals for pursuing a graduate education
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 220 (computer-based), 557 (paper-based), or 83 (Internet-based) minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 is required from any applicant whose native language is not English

    In Addition:

    • A current working knowledge of at least one higher-level (procedural) language; and a familiarity with computer applications. 

    • A minimal background in mathematics is also required, including two semesters of calculus and one semester of statistics. 

    Individuals who have worked at a high professional level in the computer industry or business may be able to substitute work experience for specific subject area admission requirements.  Individuals without a business degree or business experience are required to complete an online business fundamentals course prior to enrolling in the program. The Master's program will accept two courses, up to 6 graduate credit hours, from another institution with the approval of the Program Director.


    Application Instructions

    The Office of Graduate Admissions provides online admissions information supplemented by additional materials from the respective graduate departments. The website includes general information about the university, student services, international admissions, residency requirements, fees, financial aid, and procedures for admission to the university. The online application and information may be accessed here.  Applicants' completed applications with Letter of Recommendation Forms, transcripts, contact information, payment, essay, and resume attachment are submitted online to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The Office of Graduate Admissions holds all materials until each required component is received. Once all required materials are submitted to The Office of Graduate Admissions the application will then be processed. The Program Director and the Admission Committee will evaluate applications for admissions. The Program Director will communicate to the Office of Graduate Admissions its recommendation. UNC Charlotte will then notify the applicant of their admission decision by an official letter, sent online, to the applicant from the Dean of the Graduate School.

    Priority Dates for Application Submission:

    • Fall Semester: March 1st
    • Spring Semester: October 1

    You are strongly encouraged to submit your online application and supporting materials early. Applications received after the priority admission deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

    Applicants may monitor the status of their application by accessing their file via the application website where any outstanding components of the application are cited, dates of receipt are noted, and the file disposition is available to the applicant; any additional questions about application status can be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

    Profile of a Typical Data Science and Business Analytics Student: Student Profile

    Additional information can be found under the Admission and Applications FAQs