Admission to the UW Master of Science in Data Science program is competitive. To be successful in the program, students need a solid background in mathematics, computer programming and communication.
Application Dates and Deadlines
Applications to the Master of Science in Data Science program open on September 1, 2017. The application deadline is January 19, 2018, and applicants will be notified of a decision by March 30.
You need a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
A grade point average of at least 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 graded semester credits or the last 90 graded quarter credits of your undergradate degree is preferred. However, we will consider applicants with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.2.
All prerequisite coursework must be completed before you apply. MOOC or other ungraded coursework cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
If you took math or programming at a Washington state community college, please see UW's course equivalency guide.
- Mathematics: At a minimum, you should have completed a three-class calculus sequence and a linear algebra course, equivalent to UW's MATH 124/125/126 and MATH 308.
- Computer Programming: At a minimum, you should have completed a two-course introductory sequence in programming, equivalent to UW's CSE 142/143, or be able to demonstrate equivalent proficiency.
- Alternatively, you may demonstrate programming skills through practical experience, such as through work, Kaggle competitions or other projects. If you believe you have satisfied the programming requirement this way, please provide a link in your application to a GitHub repository demonstrating your coding experience or a recommendation from a technical colleague describing your coding contributions to a work project.
Qualifying GRE scores
- Quantitative: 70th percentile or above
- Verbal: 50th percentile or above
In addition, our most qualified applicants score 3.5 or better on the Analytical Writing section.
All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. For more information, see the International Students page.
UW Graduate School online application and fee
Apply online and pay the nonrefundable application fee.
Download unofficial transcripts from every college or university where you have earned a degree or scan printed copies. Please make your transcripts are legible.
Resume or curriculum vitae
Make sure to include your latest positions and skills.
Statement of purpose
In a narrative statement of about 700–1,000 words, provide your reasons for seeking a master’s in data science. What are you career objectives, and how will this graduate program help you achieve them? The statement of purpose is your chance to tell the department about yourself beyond what’s in your transcripts or test scores, as well as demonstrate your communication skills.
Two recommendations are required; three are preferred. Consider asking current or recent employers, colleagues or teachers. Make sure they can speak in detail about your programming, mathematical and communication skills and your ability to learn new things or bring together different approaches.
You'll need the email addresses of your references for the Graduate School application. They'll each be sent an email directing them to a secure website where they'll submit their recommendations.
You must submit GRE scores with your application, even if you have significant work experience or an advanced degee. GRE scores must be less than five years old, and cannot be substituted with GMAT scores.
Schedule your GRE test early to allow sufficient time for scores to be reported. We must receive your official scores by the application deadline in order to review your application.
GRE scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) using institution code 4854 for the University of Washington. No department code is required.
Personal history statement (optional)
In a one-page statement, describe how your experiences, such as your cultural or economic background, have influenced your intellectual development, interests and career plans.
Proof of English proficiency
If English is not your native language, you’ll need to provide proof of English language proficiency.
- Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.
- Select "Data Science Interdisciplinary Group (MS in Data Science)" as the program name.
- Upload all required documents. Do not mail any materials to the department.
- Pay the application fee and submit your application.
You can check on the status of your application at any time by logging into the application page. Applications will be reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Data Science Group, and you'll be notified of a decision by the end of March.