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How to Apply

Candidates apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Applications to the Master of Science in Data Science degree programs for entry in Fall 2020 will be available in September of 2019. The application deadline is December 15, 2019.

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Required Application Materials

  • Online application from

  • Transcripts

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Statement of Purpose

  • GRE general test scores

  • Demonstration of English proficiency

Admissions Criteria

  • IACS takes a holistic approach to admission, taking all relevant application materials into account. There are no GRE or GPA cutoffs.

  • We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for advanced computational work by 

    • excelling in courses in math, computer science, statistics or scientific computing;

    • exploring computational  or statistical approaches in undergraduate research;

    • or through distinctive professional accomplishment.

  • There are no formal prerequisites for applicants to our master’s programs. However successful applicants do need to have sufficient background in Computer Science, Math, and Statistics - including fluency in at least one programming language and knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, and statistical inference.