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As businesses of all kinds increasingly rely on data to make decisions, an MBA and Applied Data Science degree equips you to bridge the gap between tech and management and provide effective leadership in data-centric environments.

Balancing theoretical rigor with practical application, our MBA for data scientists leverages the resources of Chicago Booth, the Data Science Institute, and the Physical Sciences Division to bring you a cutting-edge education in two of today’s most dynamic fields. A combination of online and in-person courses gives you flexibility in course scheduling, and you’ll earn two degrees in the time it would take to complete the MBA alone.

As a graduate of our MBA/MS in Applied Data Science joint degree program, you’ll be ready to lead in diverse fields ranging from A.I. research and machine learning to business analytics and product marketing.

Program Structure

As a student in the joint-degree MBA and Applied Data Science program, you’ll take the equivalent of 23 100-unit courses:

  • 14 MBA classes
  • 9 data science courses
  • Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD)
  • Qualified Work Experience, a noncredit professional internship experience

Your Booth courses will be in person, while your MS courses will be online. Most students will earn both degrees in seven quarters—the same time it takes to earn the MBA.

Course Progression


* = Optional 

+ = Students may substitute one MS elective for a Booth course

Career Paths

As data science continues to transform the way we live and work, a strong understanding of both business and analytics will set you apart in the job market. And as a student in our joint degree MBA and Applied Data Science program, you’ll have access to personal career coaching, leadership development, and on-campus recruiting with some of the world’s top employers.

Our recent MBA and MS graduates are working at high-profile companies around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, Cardinal Health, and IBM, in a wide range of rewarding roles. For example:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Science Analyst
  • Senior Data Science Analyst
  • Machine Learning (ML) Scientist
  • A.I./ML Specialist
  • Senior Data Science Product Manager
  • Data Science Consultant
  • A.I. Research Scientist
  • A.I. and Advanced Analytics Specialist
  • Director, Product Marketing
  • Senior Health Data Science Manager
  • Financial Data Science Director
  • A.I. and Data Science Governance Manager
  • Business Intelligence/Data Visualization Developer
  • A.I./ML Solution Architect


Tuition for Full-Time MBA students pursuing the Joint MBA/MS Program will be assessed through Chicago Booth at a flat rate for six quarters of enrollment. Pricing will differ from Booth’s standard Full-Time MBA Program, and final tuition amounts are made available in the spring. A student who takes more than 2300 units will be assessed for any additional units.

MS in Applied Data Science Courses

Booth Courses

Admissions Process

Applicants interested in the Joint MBA/MS degree will apply through Booth’s centralized, joint-application process. Applicants should complete the Chicago Booth Full-Time MBA application and select the MBA/MS in Applied Data Science as their program of interest. An MBA/MS program supplement will be available for completion within your Booth application. The supplement contains Applied Data Science specific questions that will be reviewed by the Applied Data Science admissions team along with your full Booth application. For complete consideration, applicants should complete the MBA application and the joint degree program supplement in the same application round prior to submitting the application. Applicants may complete the Applied Data Science supplement in a subsequent round and will be considered as space permits.

As part of the online application, candidates will be required to submit a GMAT or GRE score for the joint program. International applicants may be required to submit proof of English language proficiency by submitting a TOEFL iBT or IELTS test score. The minimum TOEFL iBT score required for admission is 104; the minimum IELTS score required is 7. Proof of English proficiency may be waived under certain criteria noted by UChicago GRAD Admissions.

Eligibility requirements: Students admitted to Booth’s Full-Time MBA Program who wish to do the joint degree with Applied Data Science must be admitted to and begin both programs in the same academic year. Students who have already started their MS or MBA are not eligible for the joint degree.

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