To submit the online graduate application, you will need to create a guest account.
In the Desired Degree tab, you will be asked to choose an academic program.
If you plan to earn an M.S., select Data Science as your academic program. You will then be prompted to select an academic plan. Choose either Data Science M.S. (Residential) or Data Science M.S. (Online).
If you plan to earn an online graduate certificate, select Data Science Certificate as your academic program.
You will be required to provide contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide a recommendation to support your application. Please provide that information under the Department Information tab on the online application.
Your recommender will receive an electronic request to write a letter after you have submitted your online application.
Be sure to submit your application well in advance of the application deadline, in order to give your recommenders time to get their letters submitted.
It is highly encouraged that letters of recommendation come from those working in academia.
If you have been away from academia for a significant amount of time, you may substitute with professional references. Select recommenders who can attest to your abilities, accomplishments, strengths, and experience.
Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume should be uploaded in PDF format under the Department Information tab on your online application.
Please include information about your education, employment, achievements, publications, and awards. This information will help the admissions committee better understand your background.
Your personal statement should be uploaded in PDF format under the Department Information tab on your online application.
Please ensure your statement indicates one of the following:
- Online M.S. in Data Science—Personal Statement
- Residential M.S. in Data Science—Personal Statement
- Online Certificate in Data Science—Person Statement
Generally, this statement is between one and two pages (500–750 words) and clearly explains your academic background as it relates to the field of data science, career goals, and overall aspirations for applying to this specific program.
The online application fee is $55 for domestic students, and $65 for international students.
It must be paid via credit card, and is non-refundable.
Our office does not run the graduate application portal. If you have trouble paying the fee, contact the University Graduate School whom administers the site for payment.
Email them at email@example.com or call 812-855-8853.
International students only
If you are an international student unable to pay through PayPal, try paying with a credit card with this QuikPAY form.
You may also email the Office of International Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance.
On your application, please list each institution of post-secondary education from which you have earned credit.
You are required to send unofficial academic records in PDF format to the Data Science Graduate Office via email at email@example.com. Send these after you submit your online application.
Your application number is your unique identifier. Your identifier number is used to attach your supporting materials to your application.
When providing these records, please include your full name and IU application number in the body of the email.
Do not provide password-protected transcripts, as the admissions committee cannot review them.
Your records must include:
- The name of the institution you attended
- Titles of the courses and examinations you completed
- Your grades or marks
- Attendance dates
- Any degree or diploma you earned
If you are still enrolled in your bachelor's degree program when you apply to the Data Science Program, submit the most updated version of your transcript.
Because it can take a substantial amount of time to obtain records from schools outside the United States, please keep legible photocopies of your official international consolidated transcripts and degrees.
We will accept some provisional degrees. This does not include exam certifications.
Official academic records
If you are admitted to our program and elect to attend, you must send your official academic records, or attested copies certified by the registrar of the degree-granting institution you attended, to Indiana University no later than September 1.
GRE and TOEFL scores are required for residential M.S. in Data Science applicants.
Online M.S. in Data Science applicants need only submit GRE scores.
Online certificate applicants are not required to submit scores.
GRE and TOEFL test codes
Indiana University GRE and TOEFL code: 1324
Department code: All programs
Verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for admission into the Data Science Program.
Have your official GRE scores sent directly to Indiana University via ETS.
Tests must be taken no more than five years prior to the start of your intended academic term.
We will not accept GMAT scores as sufficient evidence of your comprehensive and analytic skills.
Students interested in the residential M.S. in Data Science computational and analytical track have GRE score prerequisites.
We onlyaccept GRE waivers for online M.S. in Data Science applicants; we do not accept waivers for the residential M.S in Data Science.
If you wish to apply for the online M.S. in Data Science, and you believe your quantitative or technical background is exceptionally strong, a GRE waiver is available. To be considered for a waiver, you must possess all of the following minimum criteria:
- A cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA of at least 3.0
- Academic or industry knowledge of various programming languages (such as Python, Java, C++, SQL, and R) and mathematical principles (such as discrete mathematics, linear algebra, calculus, and statistics)
- Evidence can be in the form of a professional certificate, accredited course, or training through your employer.
Additionally, you must have one of the following:
- Five years of professional or military experience, with demonstrated career progression related to the field of data science
- Graduated from an accredited institution with a graduate-level degree (Ph.D., M.S., etc.,) in the field of informatics, information science, computer science, engineering, or statistics
To apply for the waiver, first submit your online graduate application.
Then request the GRE waiver form through the Data Science Graduate Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Data Science Graduate Admissions Committee will review the request, as well as your supporting materials, during the application review period.
If your native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required for residential M.S. in Data Science applicants only.
Applicants should have official TOEFL scores sent via ETS directly to Indiana University.
Tests must be taken no more than two years prior to the start of the intended academic term.
We do not accept IELTS scores as sufficient evidence of English proficiency at the academic level.