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Yes, the Master of Science in Business Analytics and Data Science is a STEM designation program. Under this STEM classification, MSBAnDS* international students can qualify for a 17-month OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension making it a full 29 months of OPT.
No. The program structure is designed in such a way that typically it takes 4 semesters to complete the degree for on campus students. You can work in summer via summer internships. Also, in any one of your last two semesters, you can take a class via online and therefore able to do an advanced internship.
There’s an online option for MSBAnDS program for working professionals. Please check the link business.okstate.edu/analytics/ for more information.
There are no hard prerequisites courses for this program. But it would be beneficial if the applicant has a basic understanding of database systems, programming, and statistics.
The typical cohort will be somewhere around 40 students. The purpose of having a low intake is to maintain a better student-faculty interaction.
The program offers students with plenty of opportunities to learn and help them to grow in their career: Here are few highlights.
- SAS Certification exams and SAS and OSU certificates
- Programming boot camps
- Opportunity to publish research papers in various conferences
- Potential Internship (summer and advanced) opportunities and FT placements
- Year-long real company projects
- Opportunities to participate in national analytics competitions, research symposiums, analytics case competitions and so on.
- Opportunities to interact with companies in our advisory board
- Analytical tools: Google TensorFlow, Python, R and SAS
- Visualization tools: Alteryx, Power BI and Tableau
- Database systems: AWS, Hadoop (Hive) and SQL
Yes. We do have advanced machine learning concepts like Random Forest, Gradient Boosting etc. We also teach deep Learning concepts such as deep neural networks, convolution neural networks and recurrent neural networks. In addition to this, the course curriculum is very flexible to choose electives from other colleges/departments in the university such as computer science, statistics and industrial engineering.
The careers would typically be Data scientist, Data/Business Analyst or, Consultant or, Statistical Analyst
Yes. In one of your last 2 semesters, there is flexibility to do an advanced internship (we don’t call them co-op because companies feel co-op is too restrictive) in addition to the summer internship.
We strongly encourage our students to focus on the research. Our students attend various conferences and these are one of the best global opportunities to present your research and network with industry professionals.
We have 100% students received paid internships in 2017-2019 and 90% of the graduates received offers within 3 months of graduation.
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The following documents are required as a part of the application.
- Graduate college application form.
- Three letters of recommendation (LOR)
- Current resume (as an attachment to application form).
- Statement of purpose (SOP) discussing your strengths and weaknesses, and reason(s) for pursuing this degree (as an attachment to application form).
- GMAT or GRE, with minimum recommended scores above 51st percentile in each of the test areas.
- TOEFL/IELTS for international students.
Applications are weighted using a holistic approach. The past academic success of the applicants, their scores in GRE/GMAT, relevant work experience, their passion to pursue this degree which is measured from their statement of purpose and the letters of recommendation are weighted as a whole for the admission decision.
Work experience is considered as part of the overall application review process. While strongly preferred, it’s not a mandatory requirement. However, it is very hard for international students to get any good placement in US without at least 2 years of prior experience. As part of your application process, we ask that you include a current resume to clearly outline your work history.
Yes, all on campus students will have to go through about two non-technical interviews with faculty and/or alums of our program. Purpose of these interviews is to make sure you are the right candidate for our program and we are the right program for you.
TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for students whose native language is not English or, who have not completed their full four years of bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in the following countries: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Uganda or New Zealand
No. The applicant does not need to convert their GPA to a 4 scale using WES.
The fulltime on-campus program has only fall enrollment. The online MSBAnDS program has both fall and spring enrollment.
The acceptance rate for Fall 2019 on campus cohort was about 20%.
There are no absolute prerequisite course requirements for this program. But it would be beneficial if the applicant has a basic understanding of database systems, programming, and statistics. With the availability of free courses on coursera and other places on the web, if you have the motivation, you can learn the basic understanding of all of these topics before joining our program.
No. We do not offer any kind of conditional admission for on- campus students. The applicant’s profile is evaluated holistically and given an admission, only if qualified.
Yes, we have rolling admissions. We review applications starting mid-November until application deadlines. We roll-out offer of admission periodically starting mid-November to mid-April.
Yes, this master’s program will accept three-year degrees. Original transcripts must be submitted; third-party evaluations will not be accepted
No, it is not possible to waive off the application fee.
The program does not offer graduate assistantships along with the admit. However, there are some scholarships awarded in the first semester of students based on their incoming credentials. Then in the second semester, a limited number of students are awarded graduate assistantships on a competitive basis based on their performance in the first semester and their incoming credentials.
For the updated fee structure, you can refer to https://bursar.okstate.edu/tuition-and-fees
Most student loans are based on either financial need or, creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Eligible OSU graduate students can receive Subsidized Direct Loans, Unsubsidized Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Work-Study. Graduate students are not eligible for Pell Grants.
For financial aid purposes, OSU graduate students carrying nine or more hours that are required for their degree during the fall and spring semesters are considered full-time; graduate students carrying 4-7 hours that are required for their degree are considered half-time. Graduate students carrying 3 hours or less in the fall or spring semesters are not eligible to receive Subsidized or Unsubsidized Direct Loans.
Domestic students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadlines for submission of this form vary by state. The Institutional Code for OSU is 003170.
Yes. You can stay off campus. Stillwater is a University town and there are plenty of available housing in and around the campus
It is a University town with the major population as students. It offers tons of entertainment options (such as college sports performing arts and so on). It is also very economical and a safe place to live in. You can walk or cycle to classes from most apartments. In addition, you can take advantage of free buses. It was one of the 100 Best Places to Live in 2010, according to CNN Money Magazine.
The average cost of living depends on the individual’s spending. But definitely, it is one of the best economical places to live in.