Entry requirements

Is MSc Business Analytics (Online) right for me?

MSc Business Analytics (Online) is designed for recent graduates and working professionals who want to accelerate their career in analytics in a wide variety of sectors such as digital, retail, health-care, finance, logistics and supply-chain.

Candidates should have a quantitative degree background and good communication, problem solving and team working skills, commercial awareness and the ability to articulate complex information in a straightforward manner.

Please read the following guidance before submitting your application:

Typically a First or Upper Second Class undergraduate degree or the international equivalent in a quantitative discipline such as:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Business
  • A quantitative social science

We may consider candidates with non-traditional qualifications and backgrounds, on the basis of highly relevant work experience or demonstrated interest. If you do not meet the requirements listed above please contact the Admissions team to discuss your eligibility.

Prerequisite knowledge requirements

Your quantitative experience should typically include topics such as advanced calculus, probability, statistics and linear algebra.

GMAT is not required for MSc Business Analytics (Online), but a well-balanced GMAT result with 650 or higher overall and a good result in the quantitative reasoning section will add weight to you application.

Quantitative Experience Statement

You should use the Quantitative Experience Statement on the application form to list the most advanced quantitative courses that you have taken in your academic career to date and to provide brief examples of the relevant topics covered by the programme. Alternatively, if you have gained quantitative experience through work experience, please describe this in the Quantitative Experience Statement.

MSc Business Analytics (Online) includes modules where you will be using programming languages such as SQL, R, and Python, so previous experience of using these or demonstrating an interest in coding and programming will add weight to your application.

An understanding of the sector you intend to work in after the programme, and well-researched career goals should be demonstrated through your answers to the Career Planning Questions in the application form.

Candidates with work experience are welcome to apply to join MSc Business Analytics (Online), although work experience is not a requirement. For recent graduates, undertaking relevant internships and work placements and listing them in the ‘Industrial/Professional Experience’ section of your application form will add weight to your application. If you are currently in employment we will expect you to demonstrate how undertaking the MSc Business Analytics (Online) programme will help develop your career.

All programmes at Imperial College Business School are linguistically demanding, and therefore strong English language skills are critical to academic success on your MSc and in your future career. The English language entry requirements listed here are the minimum scores needed for admission, successful students typically demonstrate higher levels of achievement.

Candidates who are required to take an English test to meet the language requirement are strongly encouraged to take this before applying and supply their scores as part of the online application. A strong result in an approved English language test will add weight to your application.

A full list of acceptable English language qualifications and our required scores can be found on our detailed English language requirement page.

Most applicants meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • IELTS (academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements
  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements
  • Degree studied in and awarded by an English-speaking country AND successful performance in an English language interview, conducted by the Business School’s English language instructor, which would be arranged if you receive an offer.

Note:

  • IELTS and TOEFL scores are only valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date.
  • The College defines English-speaking countries as: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America and West Indies. Holders of degrees from any other countries would not be considered for an interview.

I decided to study an MSc in Business Analytics because I believe that it would give me the right data analytical skills and the right experience using sophisticated software tools in order to help in the development of the next generation of product and services, as Big Data is becoming an effective basis of competition in almost every industry.

Christina TatliMSc Business Analytics 2016-17