Admission requirements

Admission to the MS in Data Science and Business Analytics (MSDSBA) program is selective.  We are looking for exceptional students with a strong interest in data sciences and business analytics who have shown a high level of ability demonstrated by past performance on appropriate coursework and/or by workplace experience as well as standardized testing.

All applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the WSU Graduate School.  Application fees are waived for Winter 2021, Spring/Summer 2021, and Fall 2021.   In addition, the following are the minimum admission requirements for the MS in Data Science and Business Analytics:

  • Earned undergraduate degree in any STEM discipline, business discipline, or closely related field from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or above

*Applicants from a non-STEM discipline applying to the Advanced Analytics or Data Computing concentration, will need to have successfully completed Calculus I, Calculus II and Elementary Linear Algebra, or the course equivalent at another institution.

**Applicants may also be required to complete STA 5030 - Statistical Computing and Data Analysis and IE 6560 - Deterministic Optimization. These two courses will be utilized as elective credit towards the MS in Data Science and Business Analytics degree.

  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose: a one-page, typed response to the following question: "What are your career objectives and how will an MS in Data Science and Business Analytics degree contribute to accomplishing these objectives?"
  • Resume/CV that highlights the applicant's relevant project and/or professional experiences; if applicable, it should also include the applicant's knowledge and/or skills in mathematics and computer programming
  • Acceptable scores on the quantitative, verbal and writing sections of the GRE or GMAT (Applicants that have already earned a graduate degree, have years of professional experience, or an exceptional undergraduate GPA may ask for this requirement to be waived.)
  • English language proficiency passing test scores are required for international applicants

Applicants are expected to be well-versed in basic probability and statistics as well as a programming language (e.g. C, C++, Java, Python, R, FORTRAN, etc). Applicants who do not have sufficient background in these areas may still be admitted, with the expectation that they take one or more preparatory courses prior to starting the program. 

See the College of Engineering Graduate Admissions page for more information.

Application process

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You will need to select the program to which you would like to apply – MS Business (data-drive business concentration) or MS Engineering (advanced analytics and computational engineering concentrations).  Please make sure to select the appropriate concentration when you apply.

  1. Send GMAT or GRE results to Wayne State University (school code 1898).
  1. 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
          • Letters of recommendation (2)
  1. Submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended
          • 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 University will not accept an attested or notarized copy of a transcript, a hand-delivered transcript or a transcript that reads "issued to student."
          • International students must have a World Evaluation Services (WES) transcript sent directly from WES to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
          • Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to your application for review purposes only. If selected for admission, official transcripts must be submitted.


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

Applicants who do not have sufficient background in mathematics and computing may still be admitted, with the expectation that they take a preparatory course from Wayne State University:

  • DSE 5070 - Introduction to Data Computing and Programming

Other courses from online platforms such as Coursera and EdX may be allowed as substitutes on a conditional basis.

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

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

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

If you have taken the GMAT or the GRE more than once, we will use the highest score received within 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

Fall Admission – June 15th; Applications received after June 15th will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Winter Admission – November 1st

While the admissions application and all other required documents are due by June 15 for fall admission, admissions will be handled on an ongoing basis. Given that enrollment will be limited, candidates are encouraged to apply by March 1st for fall admission and scholarship consideration.

International applicants should allocate time for VISA processing.


Current Wayne State undergraduate students interested in the Master of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics can participate in the AGRADE program for the Advanced Analytics and Data Computing concentrations. A maximum of 15 credits can be earned and applied to the MS program via AGRADE.

Students accepted into the AGRADE program are required to complete the three core courses (DSA 6000, DSB 6000, DSE 6000) and two additional courses of their choosing from the approved concentration or elective course options.

To be accepted into AGRADE, a student must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours and have achieved a 3.3 overall (college and university) grade point average and a 3.45 grade point average for the courses taken within their undergraduate department of specialization (Major department). Interested students should coordinate with their undergraduate advisor and the appropriate graduate program director to determine their eligibility for acceptance and to develop an approved plan of work.

For more information about the AGRADE program, please visit the College of Engineering AGRADE website.