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Please carefully review the core application steps below before submitting your application. 

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

2022 entry: Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

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1. Apply online

Applications are made through our online application system and include the following:

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 answer the following questions:

  1. How will your chosen programme help you reach your career goal?
  2. Do you see any barriers that you may need to overcome to reach this goal (personally, professionally, or academically)?
  3. What gaps in your skillset will you need to develop to prepare for this career?

Quantitative experience statement

Quantitative experience is a key selection criterion for this programme. You will be asked to list up to five of the most quantitative courses you have covered in your studies to date, list the main topics included and the level of study. Failure to complete the quantitative experience statement will delay the processing of your application.

Programming/computer software experience

You will be asked about your experience using programming languages and your level of proficiency. Software and programming skills are not an entry requirement, but it is helpful for the selection committee to understand any previous experience.

Application processing fee

The application processing fee is £80.

2. Supporting information

It’s essential that we receive your supporting documents and reference information before midnight (UK time) of the deadline for which you are applying. Until we have received all the necessary documents, your application will not be complete and will not be processed.

Full transcripts of your degree level studies to date

Electronic copies of your full degree transcripts and certificates (with English translations if necessary).

Transcripts should include: details of all of the modules studied on the degree, your marks for each, and the overall mark, grade or classification that you achieved if you have completed your studies. 

Personal statement

Your personal statement provides an opportunity for you tell us a bit more about yourself and your motivation for undertaking this programme. In the personal statement section of the application, we ask the following questions:

  1. Please share your motivation for undertaking this programme
  2. What is your proudest achievement?
  3. What would you contribute to the cohort and to the Imperial community?
  4. How would you use your degree to make a positive impact?

Each section of the personal statement has a 1500 character limit (including spaces).

CV

You must include a full and up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) – we do not require that you use a particular format, but a CV template is available here for your convenience.

Contact details of two referees

You will need to provide the contact details of two referees (one of which must be academic*). When you submit your form, the online application system will send an automatic reference request directly to their professional email accounts so they can submit their recommendation letter quickly and efficiently online.

*We will accept two professional references where applicants graduated five or more years ago.

Most of our MSc programmes do not require a GMAT, yet a well-balanced result (usually with a total score above 650) will add weight to your application.

If you have already taken the GMAT or GRE, you should upload a copy of your results and request your score to be released to Imperial College Business School. This will enable us to verify your results online, so you should not send a hard copy unless we request it.

To submit your score online, you must request for it to be shared with Imperial College Business School. Our GMAT code is S22-7S-46 and our GRE code is 0121.

If you have decided to take the GMAT or GRE, please include details of your planned test date on the application form and ensure that you contact the Admissions team once your score is available.

English language test results

If English is not your native language, you may be required to take an English language test (see Entry Requirements for accepted tests and required scores). You should upload a scanned copy of your English language certificate.

You may submit your application form before you have obtained English language test results. Please include details if you have a planned test date on the application form and ensure that you contact the Admissions team once your score is available.

3. Quantitative Assessment (only for the on-campus, full-time programme)

A good level of quantitative ability is required for success on MSc Business Analytics and so, following application submission, you may be asked to complete an online quantitative test. The test will cover topics such as Linear Algebra, Statistics, Multivariable Calculus and Computer Science. If you are selected to take the test we will contact you to give you details of how to access and complete it.

This step only applies to the on-campus, full-time programme.

4. Interview

We will evaluate your application, and if selected, you will be invited to interview.

Read more about the online interview

The interview will normally take place through our video interview platform, which you can access online to record and submit your answers; occasionally you may be invited to interview via Skype or telephone instead.

Next steps

  1. If you are invited to submit a video interview, you will be sent details of how to access and use the Kira Talent online interview platform. Please make sure that the invitation doesn’t go to your junk mail by adding kiratalent.com to your list of safe senders.
  2. Once you have created an account, you will be asked a series of questions, including quantitative and general skill-based questions, to which you can record your answers as short videos and submit them online.
  3. You must complete your online interview by the deadline stated in the email. If the email has gone into a junk, spam, or clutter folder in your inbox, we will not be able to rearrange a new interview for you, and your application will be considered for withdrawal.

A great way to prepare for your interview is to use the Kira Prep function. Here you will be able to practice responding to general timed spoken and written questions, review your responses and unlock additional tips.

Please note: our video interviews are conducted via the Kira Talent platform. As Kira Talent is an independent third-party service provider with its own terms and conditions of service and privacy policy, please familiarise yourself with these and ensure you are happy with them before proceeding to use the Kira service and platform.

5. Application result

You will be notified informally via email and officially via your Imperial Gateway account with the result of your application. If you are successful you will then need to meet your conditions of offer, accept your place and pay your deposit.

Key dates and deadlines

Key dates for your diary are outlined below. Available scholarships and deadlines can be found on the scholarships page.

Applications for 2022 are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

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Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis

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Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis
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