Data Science Masters

The Master of Science in Data Science program accepts applications for fall entry only.  We recommend that applicants check out our blog for application tips and advice.

Academic Requirements

Bachelor’s degree

Applicants are required to have a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution.

Minimum GPA

Applicants are required to have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 graded semester credits or the last 90 graded quarter credits of their bachelor’s degree.

Prerequisites

Mathematics – Applicants must complete Calculus III and Linear Algebra by the application deadline, equivalent to the University of Washington’s MATH 126 and 308.

Programming – Applicants must complete two introductory-level programming courses by the application deadline, equivalent to the University of Washington’s CSE 142 and 143.

Some applicants may demonstrate programming skills through substantial practical experience with Python, Java, JavaScript, C#, or C++. Software tools such as MATLAB or SQL are not enough to demonstrate programming proficiency. If you believe you satisfy the programming prerequisites through practical experience instead of coursework, please provide a recommendation from a technical colleague describing your coding contributions at work.

Please note that prerequisite requirements can only be satisfied with graded credit-bearing courses from an accredited two- or four-year institution in the U.S. (or the international equivalent). Noncredit and Pass/No Pass courses cannot be used satisfy prerequisite requirements.

English proficiency

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. For more information, please see the International Students page.

Application Materials

The GRE exam is not required.

Online application

Applicants are required to upload all application materials to the online application. The $85 application fee is nonrefundable.

Essays

Three short essays are required and one short essay is optional. We strongly encourage applicants to review our essay questions before applying.

Unofficial transcripts

Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts from every institution where they earned a degree or completed prerequisite courses.

Resume or CV

It is strongly recommended that applicants limit their resume to one page single-sided.

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required; three are preferred.

Proof of prerequisites

All applicants – both international and U.S. candidates – are required to show how they meet the prerequisite requirements in the Additional Information section of the online application. To show proof of completion, you must list the following information for each prerequisite requirement: course title, grade received, the semester or quarter you completed the course, and the name of the institution where you took the course. If possible, please provide a brief course description and a URL link to the course website or syllabus.

Questions?

If you have any admissions questions, please contact: uwmsds@uw.edu