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Admission Requirements

To Apply

To begin the application process, simply click the application link found in your initial communication from HMS. You will fill out the application form, upload supporting documents, and submit it for final review. There is no application fee.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is 2 weeks before the program start date if you are already in the US with a valid visa. Otherwise, the application deadline is 2 months before the program start date. The university reserves the right to stop accepting applications at any time should classes reach capacity.


Upload the following documents with your application form


Application Form

  • Complete the application form by clicking the personalized application link in your initial communication.

Goal Statement

  • Upload a maximum 2-page goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the program.

Professional Resume

  • Upload a professional resume showing your work experience.

***At least 3 years of full-time managerial or professional experience is required for the DBA program.

Degree Certificates and Transcripts

  • Upload all university transcripts even if a degree was not earned. Transcripts from a US university where a degree was earned must show the degree conferral or graduation date. For MS Business Data Analytics admission, a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. For DBA admission, a Master's degree in business or a business-related discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. If a degree has not been earned from a US institution, then foreign transcripts must be evaluated by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives

Two Current Letters of Recommendation

  • Upload two current letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources. Letters from family members will not be accepted. Letters must be dated and signed.​

Proof of English Proficiency

  • Upload official test results. TOEFL score of 80 IBT; IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band scores below 6.0; Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 54; Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 105. Proof of English proficiency is not required if you have studied or worked in the USA.


  • Individuals already in the USA must also include copies of their visa, most recent I-20, and I-94.

Bank Statement

  • Bank statements showing $31,000 (MS BDA) or $22,000 (DBA) in financial support. Alternate documents include loans, credit card statements showing available credit, or sponsor bank statements with a signed/dated sponsorship letter. Additional amounts will need to be shown for dependents (spouse $5,000, child $3,000).

Our MS and Doctorate Degree Programs with CPT

MS Business Data Analytics

Locations: Chicago, IL and Tampa, FL

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

Locations: Tampa, FL

Degree Highlights 

Blended On-Campus Experience

This flexible model combines online courses with in-person experience. On-campus sessions occur 1 weekend per semester/quarter.

flexible hybrid master's degree

International Student Support

You’ll have a Designated Student Officer on our Chicago, IL, and Tampa, FL campuses to support you and assist in navigating visa requirements and SEVIS maintenance.

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Career-Focused Practicum

Everything you learn will apply to your career choice. From courses to competencies, you’ll set yourself apart with our practicum that sets you up for success.

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Professional Networking


You’ll have the opportunity to develop a collaborative and supportive network of peers from across the world. Who knows? They could connect you to future careers.

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Additional Resources for International Students


  • National Louis University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a participant in the HLC's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). Learn about the university's accreditation here.​

Refer a friend! Receive $500 for each referred international student who enrolls and attends classes at an HMS partner institution.

HMS is an exclusive partner of National Louis University, managing all graduate applications and assisting prospective students through the application process. Please direct all program and application questions to

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