MS in Business Analytics & Information Systems

New Student Information

Getting Started

  • Questions?   Faculty members Joni Jones and/or Barb Warner hold online chat sessions on Thursdays from 12 - 1p.m. (EST) via Teams - Meeting Link

  • COVID-19 Update: The college shares student concerns about the Fall 2020 semester.  Program directors are working with college and university administration and International Student Services to develop options for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 starting terms.  We have been emailing all incoming students with options.  Please contact me at if you have questions. 

    For students who cannot attend on-campus, we will be offering core classes online in the fall.  For those who plan to be on-campus, please note that it will not be a typical on-campus experience.  Some classes may to be offered online or in a hybrid format and that all classes will move online after the Thanksgiving break in November.  However we will have enough on-campus classes to meet the needs of our international students, given new International Student Services policies. 

  • Students who need to defer to the spring 2021 term will be accommodated (email with your U number).  Deferment requests will be accepted for Fall 2021, however, consideration for Fall 2021 admission will be made along with the review of the new fall applications received. Fall 2021 admission decisions will be made in early 2021.
  • When it's time to register for fall classes, all new students will have registration holds in place. International students can send a copy of their visa for USF (send to to remove the hold or request online course registration.  Domestic students can send an email noting that they are local and don't need a visa. 
  • Many students have questions about scholarships and graduate assistant positions. U.S. universities have relatively few graduate scholarships available.  Scholarship opportunities will be emailed to all incoming students.   Most graduate students fund their tuition privately or receive a GA /TA position on-campus. The FAQ has more information on those positions.  When applications are open for GA positions, current and incoming students will be notified via email. International students will need to send a copy of their visa before being considered for a position.  Note: there are few positions compared to the number of applications received.  PLEASE, do not contact individual faculty members or department chairs about GA positions; all GA hiring is centralized.

  • There are three technical and three business prerequisites for our program (see  Students may request a prerequisite review by emailing (kindly include USF U number in the email).

  • Students are encouraged to arrive the week before classes begin. Many events are scheduled during that week.  Classes start on Aug. 24, 2020.  Some events include:
    • Aug. 17-19, 2020, 9 am - 4 pm, Python Boot Camp via Microsoft Teams.
    • Aug. 20, 9 a.m. - noon, 2020 Orientation via Microsoft Teams.  Online and on-campus studnents - please sign up using using this registration link.   Registering for orientation confirms that a student plans to join the program and helps program staff prepare. No further confirmation is required by the Office of Graduate Admissions or USF.
    • Aug. 20, 1-2pm, Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop via Microsoft Teams. 

  • Want to contact a current student?  A fuller list is still being built, but the following students welcome questions from prospective students: