Admissions FAQs

International Applicants

TOEFL, IELTS, and 3 Year Degrees

Yes, if English is not your native language the Graduate School requires that applicants submit current scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS academic exam. Scores older than two years will not be accepted. Taking both tests is not required. Applicants who have received a degree from an institution in the US or UK are not required for TOEFL/ IELTS. Register for the TOEFL at Register for the IELTS at
UNC Charlotte's school code is 5105, a department code is not necessary.
A minimum TOEFL score of 220 (computer-based), 557 (paper-based), or 83 (Internet-based) is required. The minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 is required. This is a Graduate School requirement and cannot be waived. Applicants who have received a degree from an institution in the US or UK can waive the TOEFL/ IELTS.
There are several conversion tools available online. We recommend the free WES evaluation tool.

Yes. International applicants who have earned three-year bachelor's degrees are required to submit a "foreign credential evaluation" along with their supplemental application requirement. Such evaluation must be performed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), for example, the World Education Services (WES) ( Either a document-to-document or a course-by-course foreign credential evaluation meets this requirement. UNC Charlotte will consider such agency's assessment as to whether the academic credential earned is, or is not, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree as well as its recalculation of grades. A listing of other NACES members is available at

International applicants who have earned a (three-year) bachelor's degree (such as a BBA or BCA from India) as well as at least one year of a master's degree and/or a post-graduate diploma, or those who have earned a standard (four-year) bachelor's degree (such as BEng) are not required to submit a credential evaluation performed by a foreign credential evaluation service as part of their application for admission.

Yes, this is a STEM designated program. Those who complete the MS in Data Science will qualify for a 24-month STEM-OPT extension after graduation.

General Applicants


The average credentials for students who were admitted to the School of Data Science DSBA program for Spring 2020 are listed below. Please be aware that these numbers represent averages and that the MBA program reviews each application individually and holistically. A candidate's credentials are NOT required to match this profile exactly to be competitive for admission.

Average GMAT: 603

Average Combined GRE (Q & V): 312

Average GPA: 3.3

Average Professional Experience: 5 years

Candidates are not required to possess a bachelor’s degree from any particular field of study to qualify for admission to the DSBA program. Diversity of academic background is one of the factors that enriches the DSBA classroom experience.
Candidates who are denied admission are able to submit an application for a future semester. However, the candidate should first address the area(s) of their application (e.g., GMAT, GRE, TOEFL score) that caused it to be denied initially.
While work experience is not currently required for admission, it is highly recommended. Employers recognize that a DSBA degree is most useful when combined with the practical knowledge gained through professional experience.

Rolling admission means that the DSBA program evaluates applications as they are received versus waiting to evaluate all applications after a hard deadline. Applications will be accepted and reviewed as long as space remains in the program. However, candidates should plan to allow a minimum of 30 days for their application to clear the review process.

Rolling admissions begin after the priority deadline has passed.

Transfer students follow the same procedures as other applicants, including submitting all application documents and an official GMAT or GRE score.
Students graduating from the PSM will earn an MS degree, but because it is a PSM there are some important differences. First, this degree does not require a thesis. The focus of the degree is on applied research, with a stress on hands-on problem-solving. Students work directly with industry leaders on real world problems. The courses in the program and the direction of this program is determined by an advisory board of professionals in the analytics industry.
Yes. If you have obtained a bachelor’s degree, you may be able to take a couple of courses as a post-baccalaureate. You can also apply for the Graduate Certificate in DSBA. The certificate mirrors the foundation and core curriculum and you are in the same classes as the professional science master's students. If you choose to apply to the PSM at a later date all15 credit hours can be transferred into the degree as long as you have earned a minimum 3.0 in each class. To apply for post- baccalaureate or certificate admission, please apply online through the Graduate School's Admissions website.
Yes, we admit part-time and full-time students. One caution, under the Graduate School requirements there is a 6-year time limit to complete the master's program, and a 4-year to complete the graduate certificate.
The Data Science and Business Analytics degree is intended as a face-to-face program. We value the personal interaction between students and faculty. Occasionally some courses may be offered online but most classes will meet in-person.
The program is intentionally designed to accommodate working professionals. The majority of the classes are in the evening, usually after 5 pm and meet once a week.
Yes, applications received on or before the priority deadline will be reviewed first and given first priority. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis once they are received.
The application fee is $75, and cannot be waived. The appllication fee is not transferable or refundable.
The North Carolina Residency Determination Service is the centralized service for determining residency classifications for all graduate and post-baccalaureate students. Candidates should refer to the Residency Determination Service (RDS) website for specific information on residency requirements.  

Prerequisite Coursework

Yes, the DSBA program requires at least 2 semesters of calculus and 1 semester of statistics prior to applying. The program also wants you to have working knowledge of at least 1 higher level procedural programming language.
Candidates are able to apply and gain admission to the DSBA program prior to completing the prerequisite course requirements. To avoid encountering registration restrictions, candidates should plan to have all prerequisite courses completed before the start of their first semester. It is, however, highly recommended to have these courses completed prior to applying.
Prerequisite courses for the DSBA program may be completed at any accredited institution or through accredited online college services.


The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants for admission to the DSBA program. However, waivers may be granted for holders of a terminal degree such as a PhD, MD, or JD.
GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years.
GRE/GMAT waivers are only granted for holders of a terminal degree, such as a PhD, MD, or JD. If you meet this requirement, please contact one of our program directors, Joshua Hertel or Carly Mahedy.

If you recieve a GMAT or GRE score that falls considerably below the program's average, you will either be asked to retake the exam or your application will be denied.

Admission to the program is competitive. Most accepted students score in the upper-500's or higher on the GMAT and in the 50th percentile (or higher) in both the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE (for a combined average of around 313).