Apply Online for Summer Admission!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 and the final deadline is March 1. The online application for summer 2015 admission opens in early September 2014.
Apply online and submit all required application documents listed below. Once an application is submitted and complete it is reviewed for admission and a limited number of partial merit scholarships. It is best to apply as early as possible, before the deadline. Applications completed before or on those deadlines are given priority consideration for admission and scholarships offered by the Analytics Program.
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.
Requirements or Equivalencies for Admission (must be completed before the program starts):
Other Courses or Experience (recommended but not required for admission):
- Inferential Statistics
- Linear Algebra
- Programming experience in R
- Other Programming experience (for example, in Java, Python or 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)
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.
- Create an online application account.
- A 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.
- Data Set Analysis – Upload your original analysis of a provided data set to the application in to the "Analytics Supplemental Section" of the application. Instructions on how to complete this analysis will be provided in the application.
- Essay (optional) – The Statement of Purpose is not required for the Analytics program. If there is any additional information you would like the committee to consider as part of your application, upload a document into the "Statement of Purpose or Essay" section of the application explaining 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 – Submit 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.
- 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.
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.
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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. 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.