Students should have basic programming skills or a fundamental understanding of programming.

If you have already successfully completed coursework required for the MSBA-BA program, you will not need to retake those courses.  Contact Dr. Oldham or Dr. Ragsdale for additional information.

There is a tremendous shortage of people with analytics skills, especially in the area of analytics applications for business strategies.  “Forty percent of respondents to a 2015 MIT Sloan Management Review survey say they have difficulty hiring analytical talent.  Only 17 percent of “analytically challenged” firms say they have the talent they need.” ( 2015 MIT Sloan Management Review)

Virginia Tech is a leader in engineering, sciences and business and can address these needs by providing graduate students with a working knowledge of business analytics and the opportunity to hone these skills by working on multi-disciplinary project teams.  This multi-disciplinary  program–coupled with its capstone project in business analytics —will give students the preparation to operate in a managerial, data-centric, and technological environment.

Program tuition and fees 2016 – 2017:

Tuition and fees for the 30 credit hour program is approximately $19,368, plus a $4,875 supplemental fee for in state students.  The tuition and fees for out-of-state students is approximately $37,112, plus a $4,875 supplemental fee.  Most students who receive graduate assistantships will receive a tuition and fee scholarship in portion to the percentage of their assistantship.  Out-of-State students who receive a graduate assistantship will receive a waiver for the out-of-state portion of their tuition for the year.  See for details.

Undergraduate students with at least a 3.3 GPA may apply for accelerated admission to the MSBA-BA program. If admitted, this allows a student to take up to 12 graduate hours during the last two semesters of their undergraduate studies. With the approval of the student’s undergraduate department, some or all of these 12 graduate hours may apply to both their undergraduate degree and the MSBA-BA degree. Please contact the Executive Director, Linda Oldham at or Academic Director, Cliff Ragsdale at to determine if this program is right for you.

The circumstances of each student are unique.  The MSBA-BA program is designed as a full-time, cohort based program; the course structure along with the required capstone project will involve full-time interaction with corporate sponsors as well as project-based collaboration with classmates.  If your circumstances will not permit you to enroll in the program on a full-time basis, please contact the Executive Director, Linda Oldham at or Academic Director, Cliff Ragsdale at to determine if this program is right for you.

There are some exceptions but students must petition. Petitions must be submitted to Dr. Oldham, Executive Director at

Students will submit an online application through the Virginia Tech Grad School. To get started, click here.

The circumstances of each student are unique.  Please contact the Executive Director, Linda Oldham at or Academic Director, Cliff Ragsdale at to determine if this program is right for you.

Once admitted into the program, students cannot delay or defer enrollment. If emergency issues or other circumstances arise after being admitted, please contact Dr. Oldham at

Yes, the MSBA-BA program is approved as an accelerated master’s program at Virginia Tech. Undergraduate students must be accepted into the program prior to the beginning of the semester in which they would enroll in courses to be used in the accelerated program. Please review the information at for more details.

The application process includes the following:

  • Online application, including transcripts and test scores (GMAT and TOEFL or IELTS scores for Int’l students)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Academic and Professional Goals
  • Resume
  • Applicant interview (qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview after the online application has been reviewed)

After all application material has been reviewed by Executive Director, candidates will be notified within 1-2 weeks of final decision.

Currently, we are accepting applications for the MSBA-BA program until all seats are filled. If you desire admission into the program, get an early start on your application today.