Application and Admissions FAQs

The Application Process 

How do I access the online application?

The online application can be found on the Graduate School admissions website. (

Do I send my documents (including the official transcripts, reference letters, statement of purpose and vitae/resume), to the graduate school or the department directly?

No. Please upload all of your documentation (including the official transcripts, reference letters, statement of purpose and vitae/resume) through the AdmissionPros system.  The Graduate school will refer applications and the respective documents to the program only when the application is complete.  If the application packet is incomplete the department will not receive the application packet.  The department can only make a decision once we receive a complete application from the graduate school.

When do test scores need to be submitted?

Your application will not be reviewed until all aspects (including test scores, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose) are received. So your test scores should be submitted around the same time the application is submitted.

Can I submit my application after the priority deadline?

Yes, applications received on or before the priority deadline will be reviewed first and given first priority. However a number of slots are reserved for applications received after the deadline, and applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed once they are received.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

3 letters are required. The recommendations should be from people who work with you or have known you for a long enough time that they could speak for your work ethic and the type of person you are.

 How long does the Statement of Purpose need to be?

The statement of purpose is your chance to explain to the program board why you want to be part of the DSBA program and identify your professional and academic goals. Most students between 500 and 1000 words.

Where do I check my application status?

Applicants can track the progress of their application through the AdmissionPros system.

How much is the application fee and can it be waived?

The application fee is $75, and cannot be waived.

I was not admitted because of a poor academic record, what can I do?

Students can apply to the Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bac) program, which essentially requires only a Bachelor's degree.  This would allow the student to enroll in some of the graduate courses required for the program and to demonstrate their aptitude for the program with good marks in those courses and references from the instructors.  The student could then re-apply to the program with the additional context of demonstrated capability at UNC Charlotte to balance their previous academic record.  This will not guarantee admission upon re-application but affords the opportunity for a student to demonstrate a much stronger case for admission. Up to 6 credit hours taken as a Post-Bac student can be applied toward the DSBA PSM.

Will my application be looked at if I am missing a document?

No. The graduate admissions office forwards applications to the DSBA program board only when all elements of the application has been received.

How do I know if my test scores have been received?

You will receive an email in your application portal inbox informing you that your scores have been received. If you are unsure if they have been received or have questions about your test scores contact the graduate admissions office. Their contact info can be found at


What are the deadlines for applying for the Data Science and Business Analytics PSM?

For fall admission the priority application deadline is March 1st, October 1st for spring semester.  Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. 

Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or Business to enter the Professional Science Master’s(PSM) Degree in Data Science and Business Analytics?

No. Students with a variety of undergraduate majors, including finance, mathematics, economics, statistics, engineering, accounting, actuarial science, computer science, and others have been accepted into this program.

Are students admitted to the program in the summer semester?

No. Students can be accepted to the program in either the fall and spring semesters. Students may also be admitted to the program in the summer semesters, but only to take required prerequisite courses.

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

Applicants to the PSM must submit GRE or GMAT scores which are no more than 5 years old.  

GRE scores are NOT required for the Data Science and Business Analytics Graduate Certificate. We will accept either test. We do not require any GRE subject tests. Test codes: GRE 5105; GMAT 5Z3-08-96.

Can the GMAT/GRE be waived?

No. Only applicants that have earned a terminal degree (PhD, JD, or MD) may ask for the GRE/GMAT requirement to be waived. 

What is the average GMAT/GRE score for students admitted to the program?

The average combined GRE score is 309. The average GMAT score is roughly 600.

Are transfer credits accepted?

A maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate coursework from a regionally accredited institution may be considered for acceptance into the master's degree program. The grade earned must be A or B, and cannot have been counted towards any previously earned master's or doctoral degree.

For additional information on the application process, please visit the Graduate School's website or the Graduate Admission’s FAQ site.