MS in Data Science Admission Requirements

Applying to the Program

The Master of Science in Data Science welcomes students from diverse educational backgrounds. The data science master's program assumes a background in statistics, integral calculus and Python programming. Applications for the MSDS program are accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis. All application materials should be submitted to Graduate Admissions by the stated deadline for that quarter.  

  • Application: Completed application for graduate admission.
  • Personal Statement: A 300-word essay on one of the following topics: the job you would like to have after graduating OR a problem you would like to solve, or have already solved, using analytical skills.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts of all post-secondary education institutions attended in the last 90-quarter/60-semester credits of the bachelor’s degree, including any transfer credits earned during this time and any post-baccalaureate coursework. Unofficial transcripts can be used for the admissions process if official transcripts are unavailable.
  • Academic Background: Successful applicants can come from all backgrounds but have completed the undergraduate courses listed below. See descriptions in the course catalog.
    • Elementary Probability and Statistics (such as MATH 2310)
    • Programming course in Python (such as CPSC 1220)
    • Integral Calculus (such as MATH 1335)
  • Resume or CV
  • GRE: The GRE is not required for most students. Students subject to the 3-year degree policy or who have earned degrees from institutions issuing non-graded transcripts must submit official results from the GRE (Code 4695) or GMAT (Code 5613) to be considered. Learn more about the 3-year degree policy in our FAQs.
  • Deposit: Upon admission, this program requires a non-refundable $250 deposit to confirm your space. The deposit will be applied toward your first quarter tuition bill.

International Students: International students may be required to submit additional materials in order to have their applications evaluated. If English is not the applicant’s native language, a demonstration of English proficiency meeting the university’s entrance requirements must be submitted. Please visit the  International Admissions  page for complete information.

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