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To qualify for admission in either Merrimack’s Master of Science in Data Science or Master of Science in Business Analytics programs we ask that you have at least two years of relevant work experience. Please check with our Application Specialists if you are unsure whether your background and experience applies.

To complete an application for either Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics program, please prepare the following for submission:

There is no application fee. Our online application is streamlined for your convenience and can be completed in approximately five minutes. You do not have to wait until you have all your documents and materials to submit your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email containing your Merrimack Admission ID and instructions on how to check your application status. If you have any questions about the Master of Science in Data Science or Business Analytics please contact our application specialists at 978-837-3563.

Applicants to the Master of Science in Data Science or Master of Science in Business Analytics program, require completion of a bachelor’s degree. The Data Science program requires this degree to be in a quantitative area such as engineering, computer science, information technology, a hard science such as chemistry or biology, mathematics, statistics or other STEM field. There is no undergraduate major requirement for the Business Analytics degree however some quantitative coursework is required, a business degree would fulfill this requirement.

An official copy of your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended is required.

Electronic transcripts can be sent directly from the registrar’s office to:

graddocs@merrimack.edu

Transcripts sent by mail or express mail should be addressed to:

Office of Graduate Studies A485, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845

Merrimack undergraduate students may request release of their transcripts at no cost by indicating their permission for release on the graduate application.

An unofficial copy of your transcript(s) can be uploaded to your application or emailed to graddocs@merrimack.edu.

Please note: If you are having your official transcript mailed to Merrimack, it can take up to 15 business days for transcripts to be processed, mailed and received (depending on the originating institution). You will receive a Proxy Authorization form, which allows our Application Specialist to request your transcript on your behalf, once you have begun your online application.

Your resume or CV should contain a summary of relevant job experience and education. It should highlight your quantitative and technical skills. At least two years of previous professional experience in a related field or job is required for admission to the program. You may also include relevant activities, awards and interests. You can upload it or email it to graddocs@merrimack.edu.

All applicants are required to submit a personal statement of between 500 and 1,000 words (500-word minimum). Your personal statement should address why you are interested in the data science or business analytics program and showcase the applicable skills that you have developed through school or on the job that will help you be successful in the program. Please highlight technical and/or quantitative skills you have developed.

If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please also include an additional paragraph discussing your readiness for graduate education.

Your personal statement can be uploaded to your application or emailed to graddocs@merrimack.edu.

Two letters of recommendation from a professional or academic reference are required. Letters should speak to your capacity for completing a graduate program, and your interest in pursuing a career in data science or business analytics.

References from related organizations and/or experience are highly recommended, and should be from separate organizations if possible.

Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.

Please ask your recommenders send their letters to graddocs@merrimack.edu.

Q: When can I start my program?
A: There are six convenient start dates offered per year. Contact a Merrimack online Application Specialist at 978-208-4007 to find the next start date that works with your schedule.

Q: How long do courses last?
A: Each four-credit course is eight weeks in length. There are two, 8-week modules offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. This schedule allows students to begin the program at six different times during the year.

Q: How long will it take to complete the program?
A: The program typically takes one to two years to complete. You can progress at your own pace. Most students take one course per 8-week module and complete the program in fifteen months.

Q: Is there an application fee?
A: No, there is no application fee.

Q: What is the tuition?
A: The tuition is $845 per credit. Students choosing either the Data Science degree or the Business Analytics degree must complete 32-credits to earn the degree. If your company is an official partner with Merrimack’s online Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics program, you are eligible for an additional tuition discount. Please contact your Application Specialist to ask about how your company can partner with Merrimack today at 978-208-4007.

Q: Are there any additional fees?
A: A comprehensive fee of $50 per module helps to support the cost of providing the online courses, online library access, academic support and career services, all of which can be accessed virtually. Students pay the comprehensive fee when they take one or more classes during a module. On-campus services are available upon request.

Q: Do I have to pay a deposit to secure my place in the program?
A: A $500 deposit is required to secure your place in the program. This deposit will be credited toward your tuition and fees. Deposits can be made online or by mailing a check.

Q: Are financial aid and payment plans available?
A: Financial aid is available to qualified applicants. To request Federal Financial Aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Please use Merrimack’s FAFSA school code: 002120. More about Merrimack’s payment plan for graduate programs can be found at https://merrimack.afford.com/

Q: Do I need a bachelor’s degree?
A: A bachelor’s degree is required to begin the program.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
A: Merrimack College reviews all graduate applications in a holistic way, taking into consideration many factors in your personal and scholastic records that may contribute to your potential for future academic and professional success. Once you start the application process, you can be guided by our professional advisors toward the best path for you.

If you seek immediate access to complete courses prior to formal admission to the program, we can offer you the ability to enroll in up to two courses right away with just a bachelor’s degree. Formal admission to the program can then be assessed upon your achievement of an average of B or better in one or both courses and upon your completion of the program application.

Q: Do I need previous experience in Data Science or Business Analytics?
A: At least two years of previous professional experience in a related field or job is required for admission to the program.

Q: Is the program accredited?
A: Merrimack College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). That accreditation includes both the MS in Data Science and the MS in Business Analytics degrees.

Talk to a Merrimack Application Specialist today for more information about how the Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics program can help you achieve your professional goals at 978-208-4007.

Tuition and Aid

Tuition is $845 per credit for a 32-credit program. A comprehensive fee of $50 per module helps to support the cost of providing the online courses, online library access, academic support and more – all of which can be accessed virtually. Students pay the comprehensive fee when they take one or more classes during a module.

Financial aid is available to qualified applicants. To request Federal Financial Aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.  Please use Merrimack College’s FAFSA school code: 002120.

More about Merrimack’s payment plan for graduate programs can be found at https://merrimack.afford.com.

Merrimack accepts employer financial/tuition assistance. Please contact your Application Specialist at 978-208-4007 for more details on how to arrange for this.

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