Master of Science in Business Analytics Cohort - Accounting Analytics

The Master of Science in Business Cohort program (Accounting Analytics track) is a 36 semester-credit-hour STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

It is designed for students from accounting backgrounds to gain knowledge to pursue opportunities in accounting analytics. Admission to the program occurs in the spring or summer semesters. This program allows MS in Accounting Cohort students the option to pursue a second cohort (STEM) program. Students in the program will take all the courses together as a cohort. That is, the program is a lock-step program with no flexibility for choosing electives. The lock-step cohort program enables long-term relationships with fellow cohort students, while allowing these students to also complete a MS in Business Analytics degree. Students in the MS in Business Analytics Cohort program complete elective courses in the Accounting Analytics Track.

Double Program Advantages

Once they have begun the MS in Accounting Cohort program, students can then apply for admission into the MS in Business Analytics Cohort program. This would typically occur during the fall semester of their first year in the MS in Accounting Cohort program.

Students pursuing a double MS/MS program can capitalize on competitive advantages, including potential time and tuition benefits.

Highlights of the Program

The University of Texas at Dallas Master of Science in Business Analytics Cohort Program is a two-year program designed for individuals looking to be challenged. The cohort experience means students in a class take all courses together. This helps build a collaborative experience in which each of you can use your strengths to help one another.

In addition, you will be engaged in various professional and extracurricular activities, which will help enhance your leadership skills. These experiences will foster networking relationships, which will be catalysts for a successful career.

To help accomplish these objectives, the program proceeds according to a predetermined schedule with no flexibility on course selection.

Students in the MS in Business Analytics Cohort complete an internship in business analytics to gain real-world experience before entering the job market.

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Bill Hefley, PhD Director
MS in Business Analytics Cohort Program

Please select a cohort to see the degree plan details.

Class of 2020 refers to students who enter the MS in Accounting Cohort program in August 2018 and expect to graduate in May 2020.

Class of 2021 refers to students who enter the MS in Accounting Cohort program in August 2019 and expect to graduate in May 2021.

The internship course has a flexible credit hour and will be tailored to each student’s need. For example, the internship course can be spread over the first-year summer and second-year fall and spring, with one credit hour each (if the student obtains an internship locally).

Year One and Year Two Extracurricular Activities (tentative)


  • Apply for second MS degree
  • Speakers Series
  • Career Coaching
  • Assistance with internships
  • Social Events


  • Speakers Series
  • Career Coaching
  • Assistance with internships
  • Additional tutoring assistance for business analytics courses


  • Speakers Series
  • Career Coaching

Academic Calendar Timeframes

  • Spring: Mid-January to Mid-May
  • Summer: Mid-May to Mid-August
  • Fall: Late August to Mid-December
  • Spring: Mid-January to Mid-May

The sequence of the courses is subject to change.

Prerequisite knowledge in calculus is a requirement for MS in Business Analytics programs. Applicants need to have earned a “B” or better in calculus or its equivalent to satisfy the prerequisite. Applicants who have not satisfied this requirement may be admitted but will need to satisfy the prerequisite within the first semester of UT Dallas course work. This program prerequisite course cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Applicants may also elect to complete Math 1325 at a community college prior to matriculation to satisfy this requirement.

For more information about MS program prerequisites, please see the “Master’s Degree Program Prerequisites” section of the MS Programs Admission page.

To view tuition, choose your cohort below:

Class of 2020 refers to students who enter the MS in Accounting Cohort program in August 2018 and expect to graduate in May 2020.

Class of 2021 refers to students who enter the MS in Accounting Cohort program in August 2019 and expect to graduate in May 2021.


Tuition discounts are available to high-achieving students.

Financial Aid Information

Federal Student Loans are available for a student who is a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen; is registered with Selective Service (males) or prove exemption; and, is admitted as a regular degree-seeking graduate student. You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply electronically at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. You must first apply for a Federal Student Aid identification number (FSA ID) at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm The FSA ID is needed to sign your FAFSA electronically, correct any information after you get your FAFSA results and access your financial aid history online. The UT Dallas federal school code is 009741.

Private Educational Loans are available for a student who does not meet the Federal Student Loan requirements or who prefers to borrow from a private educational lender. There are several sources of private-based long-term educational loans that are issued based on the credit-worthiness of the borrower. More information is available via the UT Dallas Office of Financial Aid website, including a list of some lenders.

JSOM contact:
More information is available by contacting Paula Baxter (paula.baxter@utdallas.edu or 972-883-4114).

The deadlines for Spring 2020 semester are:

  • Domestic Students: November 1, 2019
  • International Students: September 15, 2019
    (November 1, if enrolled in MS in Accounting Cohort)

Application materials (if not already submitted) include:

  1. GMAT and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores
  2. At least one letter of recommendation
  3. Transcripts (one in English and one in original language), degree certificates and diplomas (See Documentation Guidelines below for submission details)
  4. A résumé and a personal objective statement.

Steps in the Application Process:

Click the green “Apply to MS in Business Analytics Cohort” button below.
After you have clicked the button, follow Steps 1-5 below.

  1. Create a user name and password (if not already created).
  2. Click on “Application for Admission.”
  3. Choose “Naveen Jindal School of Management” for Program School.
  4. For “Applying for Program”: choose MS in Business Analytics Cohort Program.
  5. Complete application.
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Your Graduate Application Processing

Once an application and supporting documents have been submitted, the files are sent to the corresponding graduate department. The file is reviewed by a departmental committee. When the committee has made an admissions decision, an official letter of notification will be sent to the applicant.

If applicants wish to include any additional correspondence or communicate additional information, it may be submitted in writing with the other admissions documents to Bill.Hefley@utdallas.edu.

The length of time needed to make an admissions decision varies depending on the time of year when your file is completed. Our offices receive more documentation as application deadlines draw closer. Allow up to six weeks for processing of application materials.

If you receive an admission letter, check the steps after admission for your next steps.

Contact Bill.Hefley@utdallas.edu for questions related to submitting admissions documentation.

Admission Letter Corrections

Please look over admission letter information carefully to ensure that your name, address, residency, college, degree and graduate program are correct.

Steps After You Are Admitted

  • Accept your offer of admission.
  • Pay the tuition installment.
  • Submit official transcripts and other official documentation.*
  • Submit any outstanding required documents before enrollment.
  • Apply for on-campus housing (if needed).
  • Attend graduate student orientation.
  • Plan arrival to the UT Dallas campus for the start of the semester. We will register you for classes as a cohort. We will have a MS in Business Analytics Cohort orientation and will allow time for the following:
    • Pay for classes.
    • Get your parking decal (if needed).
    • Get your Comet Card (student ID card).
    • Consider getting involved in one of UTD’s many student organizations.

Documentation Guidelines

*To submit your official transcripts and other documents, you may use one of the following electronic uploading systems: Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eSCRIP-SAFE, Credentials Solutions, Standardization of Postsecondary Education Data Exchange (SPEEDE), Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS), TrueCopy (international) or WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).

If your college or university does not support sending official documents electronically, the documents should be mailed in a sealed envelope by the issuing institution to our mailing address:

Office of Admission and Enrollment
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Any questions? Please contact:
Bill Hefley • Bill.Hefley@utdallas.edu