Combine the School of Data Science’s data-driven curriculum with Darden’s top-ranked MBA position yourself as coveted hires and indispensable leaders. 

Prospective MSDS/MBA dual degree students must first apply to the Darden School of Business. Once the Darden School of Business application has been submitted, prospective students must submit another application to the School of Data Science. On the Program Page of the SDS application, select that intend to apply to a dual degree program and select MSDS/MBA.

Program Director Rafael Alvarado serves as the School of Data Science faculty advisor for the MSDS/MBA dual degree, and Casey Lichtendahl as the Darden faculty advisor.

Application Deadlines

There are three application deadlines for those applying to the MSDS/MBA dual degree program. Non-dual degree applicants must follow the regular admission application deadline.

Applicants can apply to an MBA application round that does not correspond with the rounds listed below but will receive an MSDS admission decision only for the round to which they apply. The online MSDS application will be available August 18, 2021.

  • Early Action: Apply in Round 1
  • Round 1: Due October 6, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. (EST)
  • Round 2: Due January 6, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. (EST)
  • Round 3: Due April 6, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Allow ample time to upload all required documentation to your application prior to the deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted. If you have questions about the application process, contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions Bryan Christ.

Program Format & Curriculum

MSDS/MBA dual degree students take classes for both programs at the same time across 24 months, beginning with the Summer Term start of the M.S. in Data Science. 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are the total sum of the M.S. in Data Science and MBA programs for the academic years for which you are enrolled.

Tuition and fees for the MSDS program are the same as the 11-month program, though the cost is distributed across the five terms it takes to complete the MSDS and MBA dual degrees. A non-refundable $400 admission tuition deposit is required if an offer of admission is accepted to the MSDS program and later applied toward tuition. View Darden's breakdown of tuition and fees for the MBA program.

Note that tuition and fees are subject to change every academic year as approved by the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors.

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If you are interested in exploring the MSDS/MBA dual degree, we encourage you to connect with us to learn more about the programs, curriculum, and admissions process:

Alumni Testimonial

Keith Wilson

“The M.S. in Data Science offered an exceptional academic experience, and UVA has a phenomenal reputation. The opportunity to earn an MBA and MSDS dual degree was also unique and extremely valuable. Finally, my wife and I visited Charlottesville and we fell in love with the area!” — Keith Wilson, MSDS/MBA 2021