Admission requirements

You are ready to take the next step in your professional development. It is time to pursue the Data Science & Business Analytics graduate degree that will prepare you for future advancement and success.

Congratulations on your decision! Here is how to make it happen at the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business and College of Engineering.

Admissions Process

Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA for STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) and business students to gain admission into a graduate program is 3.0 on a scale of 4. Be sure to check the Wayne State graduate admissions website to ensure you fulfill the university's admission requirements.

To apply for admission to our Data Science & Business Analytics graduate program:

  1. Take the GMAT or GRE and have your results sent to Wayne State University (school code 1898)
  2. Complete an application for graduate admission (GMAT/GRE score is not required to submit application). Please make sure to include:
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume / CV
    • (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcripts
    • If your company is sponsoring you into the program, we need a recommendation letter from your sponsor indicating their support.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions:
    • Electronic transcripts will be accepted if they are delivered securely from the registrar of the issuing institution directly to the Wayne State University Office of Graduate Admissions ( An electronic (secure, certified PDF) transcript is official as long as it is not altered. A printed copy of a PDF transcript is not official. Wayne State will not accept an attested or notarized copy of a transcript, a hand-delivered transcript or a transcript that reads "issued to student.
    • For international students a World Education Services transcript evaluation must be transmitted directly from WES to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Further information is available here:
    • Unofficial Transcripts can be uploaded to your application for application review purposes only. If selected for admission official transcripts must be submitted.
  4. International students should also check the international applicant admissions requirements page for more information in addition to English proficiency requirements page.


Prospective candidates being considered for admission may have to participate in an online interview with the admissions committee. Upon evaluating the application, admissible candidates will be approached for scheduling these interviews.

Prerequisite Knowledge

Candidates are expected to well-versed in basic probability and statistics and also familiar with some programming language. Courses will be available in the summer months for admitted applicants to refresh their knowledge or makeup for any deficiency in this knowledge. Students without this pre-requisite knowledge but otherwise possess good credentials will be given "conditional" admission and have to take this remedial coursework in the summer months prior to starting the program in the fall term.

Only students with a four-year bachelor's degree in Computer Science (or a closely related program) are eligible for admission into the "Data Science & Engineering" track of this M.S. program. Exceptions maybe made under special circumstances, if the applicant can demonstrate equivalent knowledge.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All prospective STEM and business students will have to take either the GRE or the GMAT exam.

We are looking for applicants with minimum scores in the top 75 percentile.

If you have taken the GMAT/GRE more than once, we will use your highest GMAT/GRE score in the last five years when evaluating your application.

Admissions applications may be submitted in advance of taking one of these tests.

The GMAT and GRE are offered continually at testing centers throughout North America and at select international sites.

Application Deadlines

While the admissions application and all other required documents are due by July 1 for fall semester admission, admissions will be handled on an ongoing basis. Given that enrollments will be limited, candidates are encouraged to apply by the end of March for fall term admission.

No AGRADE Option

While AGRADE programs enable highly qualified seniors in the university to enroll simultaneously in undergraduate and graduate programs, given the interdisciplinary nature of this MS program, students cannot pursue this program with an AGRADE option. There will be no exceptions.

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