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How to Apply

Start Your Application for Summer 2015!The M.S. in Analytics program starts once each year in July (summer admission). The early deadline for admission and scholarship consideration is December 4. The final application deadline is March 1.

Application Process

First, create your online application. Complete the required sections on your application, and upload each required application item as it is available. Once you submit your application and your application items are verified, your application is sent to the M.S. Analytics program for admission review. It is best to apply as early as possible. Applications completed before or by the deadlines are given priority consideration for admission and scholarships.

Applicants who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any field and have fulfilled the foundation requirements/equivalencies (see below) are considered for admission. Applicants with academic or professional backgrounds in math, computer science, engineering, finance, economics or equivalent skills are encouraged to apply.

Admission Requirements

These requirements must be completed before starting the program. In order to satisfy each requirement, a course must be completed at an accredited college or university:
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Programming experience (abilities described below) in one or more of the following: Java, Mathematica, Matlab, Python, C++:
    • Ability to write structured programs in a high-level language (for example: objects, methods, functions)
    • Ability to read/write data from files
    • Facility with the three basic control structures (block, conditional, iteration)
    • Understanding of variables and data types (int, float, string, boolean)
    • Familiarity with basic data structures (list, dictionary, stack, queue)
Other courses or experience (recommended but not required for admission):
  • Calculus
  • Data Structures
  • Programming in R

Required Application Items

  • Create an online application account.
  • transcript from each college, community college, study abroad program and university attended. Three-year Bachelor's Degrees are accepted for admission review.
  • Resume – Upload a current resume that describes your employment history and other experience that may be relevant and beneficial to this graduate program.
  • Statement of Purpose – Upload a 1-2 page statement that covers your educational and work experience, as it relates to the program, and career goals. You can also use this statement to explain any deficiencies in your academic record (e.g., failing or low grades in quantitative courses such as math, economics, computer science, or engineering; a low GPA in one semester, year or degree program; lack of relevant coursework that is compensated by self-study or work experience, etc.), gaps in educational or employment history, reasons for low quantitative or verbal scores on the GRE or GMAT examinations, etc. 
  • Letters of recommendation – Enter the names and contact information for two or three recommenders. Academic or professional recommendations are preferred (for example, professor or work supervisor), and at least one recommender should be a professor from your Bachelor's Degree or graduate/post-graduate work. They will receive an email requesting the recommendation. 
  • Official GRE General or GMAT score – Upload a copy of your score report to your online application. As you do so, ensure that you have also requested that an official score report be sent to USF from ETS or GMAC. The USF school code for the GRE is 4850. The USF code for the GMAT is 91M-3X-08. 
  • International students need to upload a score report for the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE test, a copy of the first page of the passport, and a completed Certification of Finance form with supporting bank statements for $59,755 (tuition, fees, living expenses) (see International Students). The USF school code for the TOEFL and the GRE is 4850.

Notification of Admission Decision

When an application and all application items have been submitted and verified, then an application is complete and ready for admission review by the MSAN Program. Admission review begins after the deadline. Admission decisions are released beginning 4 to 6 weeks after the deadline.

Included in the admission decision letter is notification of any scholarship awarded by the graduate program. Applicants receive email notification when the admission decision is available online. Admitted applicants also receive an admission package in the mail. Once the class for the fall program is filled, later qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

All students who are admitted to the graduate program are required to submit a tuition deposit to reserve a space in the program after notification of admission is received. The tuition deposit deadline is included in the student's letter of admission. The tuition deposit must be received at the MSAN Program at USF on, or before, that date or the admitted student is not guaranteed a place in the graduate program and the admission will be canceled.

Financial Aid Application

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you can begin the free application process for a U.S. federal student loan at The USF federal school code for the FAFSA is 001325. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for $20,500 in U.S. federal student loans in each year of graduate studies, unless if a student has defaulted on a previous student loan. There is no application deadline for these loans, although students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA as soon as possible since the loan process can take eight weeks to complete.

For any financial assistance offered by the MSAN Program, all applicants (US domestic and international) will be considered and notified of such an award in the admission letter. There is no separate application for this assistance. International students, and U.S. students, can contact the One Stop/Financial Aid Office for other student loan programs available to graduate students.