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 do you think the M.S. in Data Science program at the University of Washington is the best fit for you?

Essay 2 (500 words maximum)

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

You can select from one of the examples below or you can choose 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 visualization. Examples must be in English. 

The Gaps Between White and Black America, In Charts

Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters

The World’s Deadliest and Most Infectious Diseases, In One Chart

The Birthday Paradox Experiment

Essay 3 (350 words maximum)

Describe a time you worked to overcome a barrier in your academic or professional life. How did you overcome this obstacle and what did you learn about yourself in the process?

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.