Thank you for your interest in the Master of Science in Data Science program. Applicants interested in applying to the DSI in 2019 are encouraged to utilize the website for information, such as the Frequent Asked Questions. The date for when the application will open and the application deadline will be posted before October 2018.
Applicants to the Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program must earn an undergraduate degree prior to the start of the summer term in which the program starts. Applicants with a three-year or four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution are eligible to apply.
A specific undergraduate major or program of study is not required. DSI students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, including economics, statistics, engineering, computer science, math, hospitality management, and history, to name a few.
A common knowledge base is essential, however. Students must complete each of the following prerequisites prior to the start of the summer term in which the program starts.
- Single variable calculus (similar to UVA MATH 1210-1220, MATH 1310-1320 or APMA 1090-1110)
- Linear algebra or matrix algebra (similar to UVA MATH 3350, MATH 3351 or APMA 3080)
- Introductory statistics (similar to UVA STAT 2020 or STAT 2120 or APMA 3110 or APMA 3120)
- Introductory programming (similar to UVA CS 1110-1113)
For descriptions of the UVA sample prerequisite courses, please see the UVA Course Catalog.
There are many ways to acquire the prerequisite knowledge. For instance, you may be able to earn credits during the UVA summer session, at another institution, or through an online course.
We are happy to work with students who may have questions about the prerequisites or their specific backgrounds. Please connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application form must be completed online. The following materials must accompany the application in order for it to be considered complete:
- Statement of Purpose
This should explain how the MSDS program fits into your short- and long-term educational and career goals.
Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts of their entire post-secondary academic record to the online application, including all undergraduate- and graduate-level coursework. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English.
Please do not request and mail official transcripts as part of the application process. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the faculty’s review of your application. Official undergraduate transcripts are required only after acceptance of an offer from the program.
An admitted student who accepts an offer of admission will be required to submit proof of degree conferral before the start of the program and by the deadline determined by the DSI. Degree conferral is defined as official certification and confirmation of the date of degree completion from the undergraduate institution's Student Records or Registrar office, and is typically signified by receipt of a diploma or degree certificate and/or an official final transcript. For example, a current UVA undergraduate who does not receive their undergraduate degree in May at latest (confirmed by a final official transcript), will not be permitted to start the residential MSDS program in July; UVA confers degrees at the end of each academic term (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Official transcripts and/or degree certificates are only required once an applicant accepts an offer of admission from the Data Science Institute. When sending official transcripts, our preferred method of receipt is electronically (email@example.com).
Official transcripts and/or degree certificates may be sent by mail, mailing addresses below:
For US Postal:
Data Science Institute Admissions
PO Box 401109
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Data Science Institute Admissions
1001 Emmet Street North
Charlottesville, VA 22903
- Test Scores
All unofficial test scores must be reported on the online application by the application deadline. Applicants are advised to account for test scoring processing time (e.g. 10 business days) when determining when to take any test.
Applicants must report either GRE or GMAT or MCAT scores in the application system (including the percentiles). Official scores are required only after acceptance of an offer from the program.
For official scores, GRE scores should be sent via ETS to institution code 5820 (no department code needed); GMAT scores should be sent via GMAC to the University of Virginia (institution), Data Science (program); Official MCAT scores will be verified through the AAMC. Test scores are considered valid if taken within five years from the application deadline.
Language Tests for International Applicants
International applicants must self-report TOEFL or IELTS scores in the application system. Official scores are required only after acceptance of an offer from the program. The minimum internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score requirement is 90 (including sectional minimums of 22 in speaking, 22 in writing, 23 in reading and 23 in listening). The minimum IELTS score requirement is 7.0 in each section.
For official scores, TOEFL scores should be sent via ETS to institution code B875 (no department code needed). IELTS scores should be submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. No institution code or department code is needed. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system.
TOEFL or IELTS scores are considered valid if taken within two years from the application deadline.
The TOEFL/IELTS is not required of applicants who have or will have obtained an undergraduate degree entirely from an institution (or institutions) in which English is the primary language of instruction. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement will automatically be waived for an applicant who submits evidence of these circumstances.
- Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically through the online system. Once you have saved the contact information for a particular reference within the online application, that individual will receive instructions via email for submitting a letter of recommendation on your behalf. It is preferable (but not required) for at least one letter to be from an individual with substantial knowledge of your academic accomplishments.
- Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
A résumé or curriculum vitae helps us get to know an applicant beyond their formal academic coursework. There is no preference for students with or without professional work experience. Each year, we expect to have students who have just finished their degrees and students who have been working professionals and are returning to school.
- Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $85.00 is required prior to submission of the application. Applicants who believe they may qualify for an application fee waiver should first review the Application Fee Waiver Information and then submit an Application Fee Waiver Request Form. You cannot be granted a fee waiver after payment of the application fee. An application will not be considered submitted until the fee is paid.
For questions about the online application or the admission process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online application system will open in October 2018 for those interested in starting the program in Summer 2019; The date for when the application will open and the application deadline will be posted before October 2018.
Make note of any differential between your time zone and the Eastern time zone on which our application deadline is based, and allow ample time in advance of the deadline for uploading materials and submitting your application. Any number of unforeseen circumstances affecting electronic, web-based access to the online application system could cause the application process to take longer than anticipated and lead you to miss the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.