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

A new cohort of the Master of Science in Data Science program begins each fall. Applications open on September 10, 2018, for the fall 2019 cohort. The application deadline is January 18, 2019, and applicants will be notified of a decision by March 29.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree

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 undergraduate degree is preferred. However, we will consider applicants with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.2.

Prerequisite coursework

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.

English proficiency

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. For more information, see the International Students page.  

Note: The UW Master of Science in Data Science program no longer requires GRE scores. 

Application Materials

UW Graduate School online application and  fee

​Apply online and pay the nonrefundable application fee. 

Unofficial transcripts

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.

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

Application Steps

  1. Start your online application to the UW Graduate School. 
  2. Select "Data Science Interdisciplinary Group (MS in Data Science)" as the program name.
  3. Upload all required documents. Do not mail any materials to the department.
  4. 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.