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How to Apply

Prospective Students

The MScA is intended for emerging analytics professionals and for those who wish to advance their careers in the field. The MScA is appropriate for a wide range of professionals including:

  • Professionals with backgrounds in fields like information technology, computer science, mathematics, and statistics who want to develop analytical skills to become a data scientist. 
  • Professionals with backgrounds in social or biological sciences such as business, economics, medicine, and chemistry, or who have earned MBAs, who want to enhance their analytics skills for improved decision-making and leadership across their areas of responsibility. 
  • Recent college graduates in physical or social sciences who want to become analytics professionals. Although the program suggests at least two years of work experience, recent college graduates with exceptional academic performance are encouraged to apply. 

Application Requirements


Complete an online application

You will need the following for the online application:

The MScA is an OPT/STEM approved program of the University of Chicago.

  • Completed Application (online)
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Transcripts. One transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application. We accept unofficial transcripts for application evaluation. Please do not mail transcripts as part of your admission application. If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required prior to the first day of the term. An unofficial transcript for undergraduate coursework is still required even if you hold an advanced degree(s).
  • English Proficiency. If your native language is not English, we require a TOEFL or IELTS test score*. Our TOEFL and College Board code is 1832. The required proficiency standards include a score of 104 on the TOEFL (with 4 sub  scores of 26 each), or 7 overall on the IELTS (with sub scores of 7 each; Note that students are required to take the Academic Reading/Writing test within IELTS, not the General Training Reading/Writing test). Applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the United States are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency.
  • Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess your academic or professional qualifications. Letters from family members or peer-level colleagues are not acceptable.
  • Candidate Statement. Applicants are required to demonstrate the motivation, academic potential, and ability to undertake work at the University of Chicago by writing a candidate statement (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed four pages) highlighting their qualifications and describing their interest.
  • International Transcripts: If you attended an international university or college, we require a Course by Course Evaluation by a NACES Evaluator for each international institution.  A course-by-course evaluation will translate courses, degree, and grades to U.S. equivalency. Please visit for more details. Evaluation reports should be mailed to: The University of Chicago Graham School; Attention - Graduate Admissions; 1427 East 60th Street, Second Floor; Chicago, Illinois 60637. The agency you choose may also submit your evaluation report electronically to
  • Resume or CV

For your application, you can submit unofficial transcripts via PDF as part of your online application. If admitted, you must submit official transcripts at least one month prior to matriculation to the following address:

Analytics, the Graham School
The University of Chicago
1427 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

The program will initiate interviews for candidates who are being strongly considered for admission or for candidates for whom additional information is needed. An applicant cannot request an interview. The program will contact the applicant to arrange an interview.

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Application Deadlines

This program admits twice per year.

Quarter Application Deadline
Autumn 2017

May 1, 2017

International Deadline: April 1, 2017

Spring 2018

December 14, 2017

International Deadline: November 1, 2017


Admission decisions for the MScA program are not offered on a rolling basis.