Master of Science in Business Analytics Cohort - Data Science

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

The MS in Business Analytics Cohort program is designed for students from various educational backgrounds. No prior work experience is required.

Highlights of the Program

  • Courses taught by world-class instructors
  • Many courses offered evenings, Saturdays or online for maximum flexibility
  • Courses selected to emphasize skills needed for today’s data science challenges

The University of Texas at Dallas Master of Science in Business Analytics Cohort program is designed for individuals who want 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.

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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Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Bill Hefley, PhD Director
MS in Business Analytics Cohort Program

Students in the Master of Science in Business Analytics Cohort program Data Science Track will complete the core course requirements for the degree:

They also will complete these courses for the Data Science Track:

Up to two elective offerings complete the requirements for the Data Science Track.

Academic Calendar Timeframes

Course are taught year-round to accommodate cohort students. Students may begin in any semester.

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

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.

In-state tuition and fees are $45,000, and out-of-state tuition and fees are $55,000 for the degree program. In addition, living expenses and health insurance will be borne by the students. For international students, these expenses are set in accordance with the UT Dallas International Student Services Office (ISSO) and State Department guidelines for visa application for international students. Tuition and fees are paid in two installments in the fall and spring semester.

Explanation of Costs

The total program cost includes:

  • Program tuition
  • Program activities
  • Internship capstone course
  • Training for communication skills
  • Career coaching


Tuition discounts are available to high-achieving students.

Financial Aid Information

Federal Student Loans are available for a student who is a US 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 www.fafsa.gov. You must first apply for a Federal Student Aid identification number (FSA ID) at www.fsaid.ed.gov. 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 UTD 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 UTD Financial Aid Office 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 Fall 2019 semester are:

  • Domestic Students: August 16, 2019
  • International Students: May 15, 2019
    (November 1, if enrolled in MS in Accounting Cohort)

Application materials (if not already submitted) include:

  1. GMAT (or GRE) 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. 4. For “Applying for Program”: choose Business Analytics Cohort – MS.
  5. Complete application.
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Check on the status of your application or registration hold on the application status page.

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