W&M Online MSBA Admissions and Application Requirements

Our Online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) places rigorous emphasis on quantitative skills, including statistics, probability and algebra, as well as business acumen. For this reason, our Online Admissions Team looks for applicants who have demonstrated strong mathematical aptitude and a history of workplace experience. While qualified applicants may come from a variety of academic backgrounds—ranging from computer science and liberal arts to business and economics—their professional and personal achievements should indicate an ability to thrive within and benefit from our robust curriculum.

To qualify for admission, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Two years of professional work experience OR they must otherwise prove their business acumen

How Can You Prove Business Acumen?

If you are applying to the Online MSBA but do not have at least two years of relevant professional work experience, you have two unique alternatives by which you can prove your business acumen:

  • Alternative #1 Successful completion of a prior undergraduate or graduate program in business, or coursework in corporate finance, accounting, marketing and operations
  • Alternative #2 Successful completion of the following Coursera.org courses with certification:
    • Introduction to Corporate Finance
    • Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • Introduction to Marketing
    • Introduction to Operations Management

Don't miss a beat.

Download the Online MSBA Application Checklist, and keep yourself on track during the application process.

Interested in Our Online Programs?

Jun
7

Priority Application Deadline

June 7th
Fall 2024 Term
Jul
26

Application Deadline

July 26th
Fall 2024 Term
Aug
26

Next Start

August 26th
Fall 2024 Term

Key Steps and Application Requirements

Complete the Online Application

As part of the online application, you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Two letters of reference. Please select individuals who can provide specific and relevant information about your intellectual and quantitative abilities, performance and motivation
  • One personal essay. At the top of each page, please put your full name and a complete statement of the question being answered. Use a 12-point font and double spacing. We request you limit the essay to approximately 800 words.

Required Essay Prompt: Please explain what has led you to pursue an Online MSBA and why now? Address your commitment to the program and how you plan to apply the MSBA to your career goals.

Optional Personal Statement (250 words): Is there any additional information that you would like to share with the Online Admissions Team that you believe 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.

Request Official Transcripts

Official academic transcripts from all institutions where you have received a conferred bachelor or graduate degree. These must be sent directly from your institution.

Ordering Instructions:

  • Electronic official transcripts sent through a secure transcript delivery network are preferred. Transcripts should be sent to William & Mary Graduate School of Business or William & Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business. If these options are not available when you order, please have them sent to masononline@wm.edu.
  • We also accept hard-copy official transcripts. They must be sent directly from your academic institution or forwarded in a sealed envelope from you (DO NOT OPEN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS) to the following address:

    William & Mary
    Raymond A. Mason School of Business
    Attn: Center for Online Learning
    PO Box 8795
    Williamsburg, VA 23187

NOTE: You should upload unofficial transcripts to your application from institutions where you earned a degree and from those where you completed a significant number of credits. William & Mary reserves the right to request transcripts from all universities you have attended for a holistic review of your application. W&M reserves the right to delay passing a decision on your application until official transcripts are received.

Schedule a Personal Admission Interview

Qualified applicants who have submitted and completed their application will be invited to schedule a personal admission interview. Interviews can be conducted via video conference or by telephone

Pay Application Fee: $100 (or request a waiver)

The application fee may be waived for early applicants (by priority deadline), active duty military and spouses, veterans, William & Mary Alumni, attendees of informational webinars, and at the discretion of the Admissions Office. Please speak to an admissions outreach advisor prior to submitting your application for details.

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Technological Requirements

Business analytics is a unique course of study that comes with a few specialty technical requirements. While our online learning management system requires little more than an internet connection, the Online MSBA coursework will demand specific software and hardware features, as professors will utilize a variety of academic materials in varying media formats. Before enrolling in the program, please review the Online MSBA technology requirements to ensure your computer has the functionality necessary to participate and succeed in the program.

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Proof of English Language Proficiency (for Non-U.S. Citizens)

International applicants must have a TOEFL score of at least 100 if internet-based, 250 if computer-based or 600 if paper-based, or an IELTS score of at least 7. Exemptions may be granted for applicants who have earned a degree from an accredited U.S. institution or lived and worked full-time in a predominantly English-speaking country for the past two years.

Still Have Questions?

To learn more about application requirements, or if you have questions about whether the Online MSBA is the right program for you, please contact one of our admissions outreach advisors at 844-234-4075, or schedule a call at a time that is convenient for you.

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Interested in Our Online Programs?

Jun
7

Priority Application Deadline

June 7th
Fall 2024 Term
Jul
26

Application Deadline

July 26th
Fall 2024 Term
Aug
26

Next Start

August 26th
Fall 2024 Term

Non-Discrimination Notice

Unless otherwise constrained by law, William & Mary is committed to providing an environment for its students that is free from discrimination based on any personal factor unrelated to qualifications or performance such as race or color, citizenship, national origin or ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, political affiliation or belief, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, parental status, height, weight, military service, veteran status, caretaker status, or family medical or genetic information. Read W&M's full non-discrimination notice

Notice of Contingent Status of Admission Offers

Offers of admission are contingent upon continuing to meet high standards of academic performance, personal conduct and completion of all work in progress. Furthermore, prior to enrollment at William & Mary students are required to submit answers to questions about criminal and disciplinary history and to comply with the university's Disclosure of Arrest Policy. The university reserves the right to refund an enrollment deposit and rescind admission for failure to comply with these expectations or in cases where criminal or disciplinary history reveals an unacceptably high risk to the personal safety, academic integrity or core values of the William & Mary community.

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report

Information about campus safety and security may help you in your decision to apply. The most recent Campus Security and Fire Safety Report for William & Mary, including the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, is available on W&M's website for review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics. Three years' worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the university or on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The full report is available online, or you may request a paper copy in person or to be mailed to you at no expense from the Office of Compliance & Equity, James Blair Hall, Suite 101, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185, 757-221-3146.

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