Data Science Masters

Three short essays are required and one is optional. Your short essays are an opportunity to articulate your candidacy for the Master of Science in Data Science program at the University of Washington. The best essays are clear, succinct, thoughtful, well-written, and engaging. Your essays play an important role in our holistic admissions process, and we expect that they are your own original work.

Essay 1 (350 words maximum)

Why is the UW Master of Science in Data Science program the best fit for you?

Essay 2 (500 words maximum)

The UW Master of Science in Data Science program places a premium on strong communication skills. In addition to excellent quantitative abilities, good data scientists must be able to communicate their findings in a way that makes them meaningful to a non-technical audience. 

Show us an example of data communication and explain why you think it is great. It could be a static or interactive data visualization, a piece of data journalism, a data sonification, or a video infographic.  Why did you choose this example? How would you improve it?

You can select from one of the examples below or you can feel free to select your own example to write about in your response. If you choose your own example, please upload one document that includes your essay response as well as a URL link to the data communication. Examples must be in English.

Essay 3 (350 words maximum)

Recall a time you failed to achieve a desired outcome. Write a short description of what happened, why you failed, and what you might do differently if you had a second chance.

Optional Essay (350 words maximum)

Provide additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the admissions committee. This may include gaps in employment history, academic performance issues, choice of recommenders, socioeconomic disadvantages or any other relevant information. If you are a re-applicant, please explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.