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Round 1 Early Deadline: October 1

Applications Accepted Beginning: August 1
Admissions Decision Date: October 20
Deposit Deadline: December 1

  • Prospective early deadline applicants (domestic or international) may submit their applications anytime in September.
  • Interviews (in person or video) for selected candidates are conducted on an ongoing basis from the date you submit your application, so do not hesitate to submit well before the deadline.
  • Decisions will be released no later than October 20. However, decisions may be released earlier than that date if your application is submitted and an interview is completed well in advance.
  • If accepted and you choose the join the Tribe family, the deposit deadline (to hold a seat in the program) is December 1.

William & Mary Undergraduate Deadline: November 1

Applications Accepted Beginning: September 1
Admissions Decision Date: November 20
Deposit Deadline: January 15

  • Prospective domestic or international applicants that are William & Mary undergraduate students may submit their applications anytime in October.
  • Interviews (in person or video) for selected candidates are conducted on an ongoing basis from the date you submit your application, so do not hesitate to submit well before the deadline.
  • Decisions will be released no later than November 20. However, decisions may be released earlier than that date if your application is submitted and an interview is completed well in advance.
  • If accepted and you choose to continue your journey here at William & Mary, the deposit deadline (to hold a seat in the program) is January 15.

Round 2 Deadline: December 1

Applications Accepted Beginning: October 2
Admissions Decision Date: December 20
Deposit Deadline: February 1

  • Prospective domestic or international applicants may submit their applications anytime in October or November for priority consideration.
  • Interviews (in person or video) for selected candidates are conducted on an ongoing basis from the date you submit your application, so do not hesitate to submit well before the deadline.
  • Decisions will be released no later than December 20. However, decisions may be released earlier than that date if your application is submitted and an interview is completed well in advance.
  • If accepted and you choose the join the Tribe family, the deposit deadline (to hold a seat in the program) is February 1.

Round 3 Deadline: March 1

Applications Accepted Beginning: December 2
Admissions Decision Date: March 20
Deposit Deadline: May 1

  • Prospective domestic or international applicants may submit their applications anytime in December, January, or February for consideration for the regular deadline.
  • Interviews (in person or video) for selected candidates are conducted on an ongoing basis from the date you submit your application, so do not hesitate to submit well before the deadline.
  • Decisions will be released no later than March 20. However, decisions may be released earlier than that date if your application is submitted and an interview is completed well in advance.
  • If accepted and you choose the join the Tribe family, the deposit deadline (to hold a seat in the program) is May 1.

Round 4 Deadline: May 1

Applications Accepted Beginning: March 2
Deadline Decision Date: May 20
Deposit Deadline: June 1

  • Prospective domestic or international applicants may submit their applications anytime in March or April for consideration for the final deadline.*
  • Interviews (in person or video) for selected candidates are conducted on an ongoing basis from the date you submit your application, so do not hesitate to submit well before the deadline.
  • Decisions will be released no later than May 20. However, decisions may be released earlier than that date if your application is submitted and an interview is completed well in advance.
  • If accepted and you choose the join the Tribe family, the deposit deadline (to hold a seat in the program) is June 1.
*Applications received after May 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis through June 30 as seats are available in the upcoming class.

Admissions to the Mason School MSBA program requires completion of the following steps:

Online Application Form & Fee
Each candidate is required to submit an on-line application form. In addition, a non-refundable application fee of $100 is required of all applicants. The fee is payable by credit card, personal check, cashier's check drawn from a U.S. bank or subsidiary, or wire transfer. William & Mary undergraduates and alumni, Active-duty military, veterans and those who have served in humanitarian organizations such as the U.S. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc. are eligible for an application fee waiver. Please contact MSBA Admissions to receive a waiver prior to submitting your online application.
GRE/GMAT Score & Waiver Process

GRE/GMAT Score Reports are required for all international candidates and recommended for domestic candidates with an undergraduate GPA below 3.25. While only recommended for some domestic candidates, if your academic background lacks a strong quantitative foundation, candidates may also benefit from submitting a score that can indicate a strong quantitative affinity. For a more individualized recommendation, please consult with MSBA Associate Director of Admissions, Michael Bracelin (michael.bracelin@mason.wm.edu).

For those submitting scores, please request that official test scores be forwarded directly to Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary (see school codes below). You may submit an unofficial GRE or GMAT score report to the Office of MSBA Admissions by email (MSBA@wm.edu) or via your application to expedite the processing of your application. However, if required, official test scores must be received prior to admission approval. Test scores are only valid for five years. Contact the program office for more detail at MSBA@wm.edu.

  • GRE Institution Code:1996
  • GMAT Institution Code: 9DD-X7-77
Academic Transcripts

The Admissions Committee requires official transcripts from each of the colleges and universities you have attended as a registered student (regardless of the number of courses taken), including summer school, study abroad, evening classes, etc. To expedite the application review process, applicants have the option of submitting unofficial university transcript(s) as part of the online application. If you are accepted and you chose to enroll, you will be required to submit official transcripts.

We prefer electronic official transcripts, but also accept hard-copy official transcripts. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to MSBA@wm.edu . Hard-copy official transcripts should arrive in a sealed envelope with the signature of the Registrar across the seal. DO NOT OPEN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS. The sealed envelope must be sent to the Office of MSBA Admissions unopened.

Recommendations

Two recommendations are required. It is strongly recommended that applicants request at least one recommendation from an academic reference as it is important to know that you can handle the quantitative coursework required in the program. Please select individuals who are able to provide specific and relevant information about your intellectual and quantitative abilities, performance and motivation. During the online application process, you will be given the opportunity to provide email contact information for your recommenders so that they can complete your recommendation online using our template (preferred method).

If one of your recommenders is unable or chooses not to complete the online recommendation form, you may print out a Recommendation Form to be mailed to our offices or returned to you in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal. Letters should be written on letterhead stationery and must include a signature and full contact information for the recommender.

Personal Statement
Please provide a personal statement (required) and additional statement (optional) for the following questions, each on a separate page, following the guidelines regarding the length of each essay. At the top of each page, please include your full name and restate the question being answered. Use at least 11-point font and 1.5 spacing.
  1. Why is a Master of Science in Business Analytics the next logical step towards achieving your short-term and long-term professional goals? Why is the William & Mary MSBA the right program for you? (Required - 800 words)
  2. Is there any additional information that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee which would be helpful in reviewing your application? Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented in your coursework or resume, for example an academic statement supporting analytics educational experiences not listed on transcripts. (Optional - 250 words)
Resume & Employment History
Work experience is not required for admission into the MSBA program. However, previous work or internship experience in data analytics are all considered when evaluating your application. Candidates with limited professional experience must be strong in other aspects of their MSBA application, such as excellent quantitative academic performance and clearly articulated professional goals. The application will require a resume to be uploaded.
Interview
An interview is a required element of the admission process, and is offered by invitation only to candidates whose applications have already passed through an initial evaluation. Candidates who are contacted for an interview are encouraged to conduct the interview in person in conjunction with a campus visit, but we understand that this is not possible for all candidates. For candidates unable to conduct an interview in person, interviews are also offered via Skype, telephone, or Google Hangout.
TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE

(International Applicants Only)

Please visit our International Applicants section for detailed instructions regarding specific requirements for international students. Applicants must have a fluent command of rapid, idiomatic English; they must be able to express thoughts clearly in speech and in writing. Applicants who have not completed a degree within the United States or who have not earned a university degree in an English-speaking country (not simply an English-speaking institution), or who have not lived and worked full-time in an English-speaking country for the past four years must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). We expect international applicants to obtain a score of 100 or higher (internet-based), 250 (computer-based), or 600 (paper-based) on the TOEFL and a 7 on the IELTS. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. We consider the TOEFL or IELTS score along with GRE/GMAT scores in the verbal and AWA sections, essays and the interview to determine a candidate's language readiness to compete in and contribute to the William & Mary MSBA community. Our Institution Code for TOEFL is B308. Please have the scores sent to the office of MSBA Admissions. Please submit official test score reports. We do not accept copies.

If you have pursued an undergraduate degree in the U.S. or another English-speaking country, then you may be eligible for a waiver of the language-proficiency test. We will waive the test requirement in the following circumstances.

  • You have studied for at least four years in the English-speaking country.
  • You completed your undergraduate degree during that time.

International applicants must have successfully completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree to be eligible for admission to a graduate program in The College of William and Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

Under current regulations, our program is STEM certified (CIP Code 52.1301) and qualifies for the OPT-STEM extension of 24 months for a total of 36 months. Please see the Reves Center for International Studies website for more information.

Military Applicants

Please note that the application fee of $100 is waived for active and retired U.S. military. Please contact the MSBA Admissions Office at 757-221-1763 to request your application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.

Provisions in the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 allows William & Mary to offer in-state tuition to veterans making use of their GI Bill ®.

Mailing Address

Please forward any application materials that you submit in hard copy to the following address:

William & Mary - School of Business, Attention MSBA Program
101 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Prerequisites

The William & Mary advantage is that 1/3 of our program teaches advanced skills in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. We've structured the MSBA curriculum so that students begin coursework at the intermediate level. This requires students to have a solid foundation by completing the following prerequisites prior to matriculating:

  • Probability & Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Python Programming
  • R Programming
  • Business Foundations
    • Introduction to Corporate Finance
    • Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • Introduction to Marketing
    • Introduction to Operations Management

The William & Mary Advantage

The William & Mary MSBA curriculum is managed by our Analytics Board, a group of industry professionals who incorporate their perspective on the industry into the academic experience so our students are as prepared as possible to pursue a career in analytics.

Our program is classified as CIP code: 52.1301 under "Managerial Science." The competitive advantage you come to market with through our technical master's program allows you to pursue employment opportunities categorized as either a data scientist or business analyst.

Help leverage your new skill set to land the optimal job by connecting with our extensive network of employers and recruitment partners, alumni, and more than 140 current and former executives through our exclusive Executive Partners program.

For our international students, the William & Mary MSBA offers the CPT-OPT Extension for STEM students which provides them the opportunity to spend 36 months working in the US before requiring sponsorship.


FLEXIBLE PREREQUISITE OPTIONS

Prerequisites are not a barrier to entry into the MSBA program. By design, we accept a variety of formats to demonstrate that you satisfy the requirements through prior undergraduate or graduate coursework, or through affordable options like our intensive on-campus Boot Camp ($250/each), Coursera online ($50/each), or remote competency exams (no cost).

Please note that all pre-reqs do not need to be completed prior to applying.

MSBA Admissions Stats

88
TOTAL STUDENTS
3.5
AVERAGE GPA
32%
FEMALE STUDENTS
2 Years or less
AVERAGE WORK EXPERIENCE
30%
INTERNATIONAL
68%
OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS
60%
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS MAJORS
24%
STUDENTS OF COLOR

Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid

William & Mary provides our students with exceptional academic programs, comparatively low tuition and fees, and a compelling return on investment.

2019-2020 Tuition and Fees

Students are encouraged to assess the amount of financial resources they will need during their studies and plan accordingly. Please see William & Mary's Financial Aid office's estimate for total annual costs to assist you in planning your attendance in our program. Exact costs will vary based on your status and course of study. If you are currently serving as active duty military or think that you might qualify for in-state residency, please visit the William & Mary Domicile site to determine if you are eligible for Virginia residency for in-state residency for tuition purposes.

Financial Aid

We offer several opportunities for students to off-set the costs associated with the MSBA program.

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

Entering students are eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship. Graduate Assistantships (GAs) offer students an excellent opportunity to work with faculty and staff at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business. GAs are awarded full or half assistantships and are expected to work ten or five hours a week, respectively. Students are paid hourly.

Please visit the Office of Financial Aid for information on types of aid available and financial aid availability for both international and domestic students. For additional financial aid resources visit FinAid.

For additional financial aid resources email Jennifer Meier at jmmeie@wm.edu for more information


MSBA FAQs

1Why pursue an MSBA at William & Mary?
William & Mary has a reputation of cultivating principled, ethical, innovative leaders since 1693. This institutional foundation and history, along with our passion for developing data scientists with technical caliber and strategic insight, is what attracts applicants to our program
2What are some unique attributes of your program?
Our curriculum is focused. Our faculty is world class.

In 10 months you will cover the hallmark subjects of analytics, including courses in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Learn more about our curriculum.

Our faculty is ranked #2 in the country because they are dedicated researchers, successful business professionals, and care deeply about our students' successes.

3What sort of career placement help does William & Mary provide?
The Graduate Career Management Center offers personalized, dedicated career guidance to our job-seeking students. Seasoned career counselors work with our students to refine their resumes, hone interview skills in mock interviews, and develop their networks. The school hosts and partakes in networking events and job fairs throughout the year including Meet the Firms, Tech Day and Grace Hopper, which provide our students vital connections to Fortune 500 companies and esteemed alumni looking to hire William & Mary graduates.
4Do all prerequisites need to be completed prior to applying?
Prerequisites are not required to be completed at the time of application to our program. However, they must be completed prior to the fall program start date. Learn more about what prerequisites we require by visiting our prerequisite fulfillment guide. You can also connect with our team to find out more about transferring undergraduate or graduate credits to fulfill a prerequisite.
5What are some ways prerequisites can be completed?
Many of our students complete their prerequisites the summer before matriculation using a variety of flexible and affordable ways. Check out our prerequisite fulfillment guide to learn more about our requirements.
6Why are there so many prerequisites?
We believe a certain level of business acumen, mathematics and programming is necessary for students to succeed in our intensive, 10-month program. By fulfilling the prerequisites, you will have the necessary tools and skills to immediately jump into our more advanced curriculum.
7How does the application process work?
First, apply by the deadline(s). Then we holistically evaluate each applicant taking into account your undergraduate degree, GPA, quantitative background experience, personal attributes expressed in your resume, and your interview.
8How many students are admitted?
Our class size averages approximately 90 students per year.
9Are there scholarship opportunities?
Yes. Every applicant is considered for merit-based scholarships. On your application you may also opt to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, which pays an hourly wage and can offset your educational costs. Graduate Assistantships are limited and available in areas of research or administration.
10What is the classroom like?
90 students is divided into two cohorts. Within each cohort, students are further divided into diverse learning teams. Your learning team is, in a sense, a mini-classroom, that works together to dive deeper into the academic material.
11What is Student Life like?
When you come here you become part of our family, our Tribe. We are ranked #4 on Princeton Review's list of family-friendly schools. Our students seamlessly integrate into the greater William & Mary community through a variety of athletic, academic, and personal enrichment opportunities. Each cohort naturally becomes a tight-knit group because they live and learn closely together. The majority of our students live on campus in graduate housing. This coupled with our collaborative, team-based cohort model of learning cultivates close, supportive relationships among our students.
12Where do your graduates go after graduation?
Our graduates are all over the world, working in analytics and consulting as well as a variety of other dynamic industries. Some of our most recent graduates secured employment at Deloitte, IBM, Accenture and KPMG. If you'd like to learn more about potential careers, connect with our team.
13What kind of salary expectations could I expect?
Employers know the value of a William & Mary education and our extensive alumni network enthusiastically supports our new graduates on their journey to land a job. On average, our graduates earn $80,000 annually but can earn as high as six-figures in major markets.
Tuition
  In-State Out-of-state
Tuition $$36,000 $42,700
W&M Mandatory Fees* $6,648 $7,218
Total $42,648 $49,918
For a break-down on mandatory fees, please consult William & Mary's Graduate Tuition & Fees page.

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