Frequently Asked Questions

Fast facts about the MS in Business Analytics program.

Why the Master of Science in Business Analytics?

Why choose the MS in Business Analytics at NYU Stern?
This advanced business degree program teaches students to gain a competitive edge by synthesizing data to make better decisions. Through its unique program design, students will gain experience in quantitative and technical methods as well as further develop their strategic and business management skills.

NYU Stern is both a top rated business school and one of the world’s leading research institutions. Our students have access to world-renowned faculty members, who are global thought leaders, industry veterans, strategic advisors, and creators of new knowledge.

The program’s part-time format not only reduces office leave, but also allows students to apply learning in real-time, creating a positive impact on job performance immediately.

The MS in Business Analytics experience is a global one, allowing students to expand their international network. Students benefit from exposure to cultures, industries and companies throughout the world, as well as cross-learning among their cohorts.

What is your Return on Investment?
After completing the program, graduates are well prepared to follow a career in the field of Business Analytics or build on new found credibility and confidence to provide critical business analytic advisory services. 

For specific examples, please visit our Alumni Profiles page. 

Should I apply to the MS in Business Analytics program?
The MS in Business Analytics Program is designed for experienced professionals and managers. These individuals have responsibilities in areas that help drive greater efficiencies, manage costs, and identify growth opportunities. Participants come from a broad range of sectors: consumer products, energy, financial, healthcare, pharmaceutical, industrials, technologies, NGOs, consulting, etc.

What is the Application Process?

What is the first step in the admissions process?
Complete a preliminary information form for an initial assessment of your candidacy. This will enable us to better advise you on your suitability for the program before encouraging you to submit an application. You can find the preliminary information form here.

Do I need to take the GMAT or the GRE?
No, GMAT and GRE scores are not required to apply to the MS in Business Analytics program.

Will information sessions be offered?
The Admissions Team organizes recruiting events throughout the year. Please visit our events page to view the upcoming opportunities at a location near you. You can also arrange to meet directly with staff at selected cities worldwide. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please complete a preliminary information form for an initial assessment.

Who should I ask to write letters of recommendation?
Letters of recommendation (to be submitted online via the application portal) can come from either professional or academic sources. Due to the executive-level nature of our program, professional sources tend to provide more relevant and recent information, and are preferred. However, this decision is ultimately at the discretion of the candidate. 

What are Other Questions to Consider?

How is work managed in between learning locations?
In recognition of the value of classroom learning, MS in Business Analytics features five modules of intensive class time. There are no online classes, but there are approximately 20-25 hours of distance learning per week incorporated into the program to facilitate preparation, follow-up, and work on projects between modules. These distance learning periods outside of the in-class sessions are called the Pre-Module and Post-Module phases. They last approximately 4-8 weeks long and are before and after each in-class session. You will receive preparatory materials, such as readings, academic exercises and assignments during the Pre-Module period. The Post-Module period is typically 4-6 weeks long immediately following the in-class session, and is designed to help you review and solidify concepts learned in class. It may include additional readings and/or deliverables in the form of an assignment, exam, case study, or group project.

Prior to starting the program, enrolled students will be required to acknowledge that they have communicated the time commitment the program requires to their employers.

What credentials will I receive as a graduate?
MS in Business Analytics graduates receive an NYU Master of Science degree from the Stern School of Business.

Where are the learning locations?
The five program modules take place at the three global campuses: NYU Stern in New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Shanghai.

May I apply for more than one graduate degree at NYU at the same time?
Applicants are permitted to submit admissions applications to two (or more) programs at the same time if they are within different schools at NYU. For example, you may apply to a program in the Stern School of Business and to a different program at the Steinhardt School. However, you may not apply to both the MS in Business Analytics and the Stern MBA at the same time because both are within Stern. If you choose to apply to programs that are in different schools, it will be necessary to complete and submit separate applications and pay each school a separate application fee.

I am an international student. Am I eligible to apply?
International students are welcome and encouraged to apply to the MS in Business Analytics program. Admissions policies and tuition fees are the same for both international and non-international students. International students are encourage to submit applications by February 1 in order to facilitate visa processing.