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.

Fall 2020 Rolling Admissions

To be eligible for Fall 2020 entry, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Please note: applicants who are admitted for Fall 2020 entry will not be eligible to defer their admissions to Fall 2021.

International applicants who require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. are not eligible to apply for Fall 2020 entry.

Although international applicants are not eligible to apply for Fall 2020 admissions, please note that international applicants are welcome to apply for Fall 2021 admissions. The application for Fall 2021 admissions will open in September 2020 and the final application deadline will be in January 2021. Applicants will be notified in mid-March 2021 at the latest.

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.


Mathematics – Applicants must complete Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, and Linear Algebra by the application deadline, equivalent to the University of Washington’s MATH 124, 125, 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.

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.


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.


If you have any admissions questions, please contact: