Entry requirements - BA

Is MSc Business Analytics right for me?

MSc Business Analytics is designed for recent graduates and working professionals with an excellent undergraduate degree who want to launch or accelerate their career in business analytics roles in a wide variety of sectors such as digital, retail, health-care, finance, logistics and supply-chain.

The on campus, full-time study mode is best suited to recent graduates and early career professionals, and the online, part-time study mode is suitable for recent graduates and working professionals with work experience who want to study whilst continuing their career.

We are looking for candidates from quantitative degree backgrounds with good communication, problem solving and team working skills, commercial awareness and the ability to articulate complex information in a straightforward manner.

Admission to MSc Business Analytics is very competitive and the selection committee will pay close attention to all aspects of your application.

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Business Analytics entry requirements

The entry requirements for MSc Business Analytics are as follows:

Academic requirement – quantitative undergraduate degree at First or 2:1 Honours (or international equivalent)

To apply for MSc Business Analytics you should have a First or Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised university 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 applying to MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) 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, 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 includes modules where you will be using programming languages such as SQL, R, and Python, so previous experience of using these or an interest in coding and programming will add weight to your application.

Career planning questions

You have the opportunity to demonstrate your career plan through the Career Planning Questions on the application form, and this is an extremely important aspect of your application.

All candidates, regardless of your level of previous work experience are expected to provide evidence of your research into the professional areas, roles and potential employers that you are considering pursuing after you graduate – as well as the challenges you may face in your career and the skills you possess to help you succeed.

Internships and work experience

Prospective students are strongly recommended to undertake relevant internships and work placements and list them in the ‘Industrial/Professional Experience’ section of the application form and your CV, as this will add weight to your application. If you are committed to a career in the finance sector, we expect to see evidence of how you’ve been building your professional experience and knowledge throughout your undergraduate degree.

Career planning questions

In the career planning questions you will need to show you have thought about the type of employer you want to work for immediately after graduating and have researched your target organisation(s) and role. You will also need to demonstrate you have the necessary skills and experience to succeed in your chosen role. If planning to set up your own business, you will need to outline what expertise or product your business will deliver and that you have researched the market. Whilst we want our students to hit the ground running, we understand that you will also be looking to develop gaps in your skill set to prepare for your chosen career and you will need to address this in the career planning questions.

English language requirement

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.

The most common ways that applicants meet the requirements are:

  • 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.

  • TOEFL: You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores (‘My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the ETS website. Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.

  • 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 believe that MSc Business Analytics at Imperial College Business School provides the right balance between technical and business courses and it teaches you how to combine your technical knowledge with your business acumen to become a successful professional.
Christina Tatli
MSc Business Analytics 2016-17
Christina Tatli