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Combining the School of Data Science’s action-oriented curriculum with Darden’s top-ranked MBA program, students who pursue this dual degree will be poised to become coveted hires and indispensable leaders. 

Prospective dual degree students will first apply to the Darden School of Business.

Once the Darden School of Business application has been submitted, prospective students need to complete a separate application to the School of Data Science. On the “Program” page of the School’s application, select that you are applying to a dual degree program, and select MBA/MSDS as the dual degree program to which you are applying.

Tuition and fees will be the sum of the standalone MBA and MSDS programs.

Application deadlines

Application deadlines for each round are listed below. These deadlines are for applicants applying to the Darden MBA/MSDS dual degree program. Non-dual degree applicants must follow the application deadline stated here.

Applicants may apply to a Darden application round that does not correspond with the rounds below but will receive a MSDS admission decision only for the round to which they apply. The online application for the Summer 2020 MSDS residential cohort will be available here on August 15, 2019, at 8 a.m. (EST).

  • Early Action: Please apply in Round 1.
  • Round 1: Due October 4, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. (EST).
  • Round 2: Due January 9, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. (EST).
  • Round 3: April 6, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. (EST, and depending on space in cohort). Please contact to inquire further.

Make note of any differential between your time zone and the Eastern time zone on which our application deadline is based, and allow ample time in advance of the deadline for uploading materials and submitting your application. Any number of unforeseen circumstances affecting electronic, web-based access to the online application system could cause the application process to take longer than anticipated and lead you to miss the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

Program format/curriculum

MBA/MSDS dual degree students take classes for both programs at the same time across two years, starting in the Summer with the MS in Data Science program. For details on the MSDS course sequencing for the MBA/MSDS dual degree see here


For more admissions and program information on the School of Data Science, please contact Patti Edson.

For technical questions about the application please contact

For questions about the MBA admission application and program, please contact Merav Frazier. Professor Raj Venkatesan serves as Darden faculty advisor for the MBA/MSDS program.