Data Science Masters


Do you offer online courses?

We do not offer online courses. Our courses are held in the evenings on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

What is the difference between the part-time and full-time tracks?

Part-time students enroll in one course per quarter. The typical part-time student completes the program in 2.5 years. Full-time students enroll in two courses per quarter. Full-time students graduate after 1.5 years.

Can I work full-time while enrolled in the program?

Our part-time students typically work full-time in industry while pursuing the MSDS degree.

Do students take courses in the summer?

While most MSDS students do not take courses in the summer, some part-time students may need to take a summer course to graduate on time.

How many students are in the program?

There are 58 students in our newest cohort. Approximately 10 percent are part-time students and 90 percent are full-time students.

Can the program be started at times other than the fall quarter?

The program accepts students for fall entry only.


Can I satisfy the programming prerequisites by taking Coursera courses or other online courses?

We do not accept Coursera courses. Prerequisite requirements can only be satisfied with graded for-credit courses from an accredited two- or four-year institution (or the international equivalent).

What languages satisfy the programming prerequisites?

We require applicants to take two introductory-level courses in programming. These courses must cover one or more of the following languages: Python, C#, C++, Java, or JavaScript.

Coursework in R, SAS, MATLAB, or SQL cannot be used to satisfy the programming prerequisites.

Do I have to complete all the prerequisites before I apply to the program?

Yes, applicants must complete all the prerequisites by the application deadline. The admissions committee is unable to consider applicants with missing or incomplete prerequisites.

Is work experience required?

While many of our students have work experience, it is not required for admission to the program.

Are GRE scores required? Why not?

The program does not consider GRE scores in the admissions process.

GRE scores are an unreliable predictor of success in graduate school, and the high cost of the GRE exam impedes socioeconomically disadvantaged students from applying to graduate school.

Do you have rolling admissions?

No, the program does not have rolling admissions. All applications are due by the final application deadlines.

Do you accept transfer applications?

No, we do not accept transfer applications.

Can you evaluate my application materials before I submit them to let me know my chances of being admitted?

No. We are only able to evaluate completed and submitted applications.

My application was rejected. Can I get feedback on my application?

We are not able to provide feedback on rejected applications due to the high volume of applications we receive each year.

My application was rejected. Can I re-apply again next year?

Yes, applicants may re-apply to the program. We strongly recommend that reapplicants provide a response to the optional essay question.

International Students

Do you accept IELTS scores in place of the TOEFL?

No, we do not accept IELTS scores.

If I enroll in the program, will I be eligible for OPT or CPT?

Yes, CPT and OPT are options for M.S. in Data Science students. We are a STEM eligible program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Is tuition the same for in-state and out-of-state students?

The cost of the program is the same for all students regardless of residency status.

Does the program offer teaching assistantships?

The program does not offer teaching assistantships to students. The MSDS program is a professional master’s program. It prepares students for data science-related careers in industry, government, not-for-profit, and other fields. It does not prepare students for PhD programs or teaching careers in academia. As a result, we encourage students to gain professional experience by pursuing part-time internships during the academic year and full-time internships during the summer when classes are not in session.

How can I finance my degree?

Students generally finance their degree through a combination of employee benefits, veteran benefits, small scholarships, personal savings, student loans, and income from part-time or full-time internships.