How to Apply

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Data Science is a composition of various domain expertise for the interpretation and extractions of meaningful insights throughout the data life-cycle. Luddy’s Data Science online programs will provide a methodical exploration of Data Science with many of the coursework focusing on big data, computer science, machine learning, cloud computing, and visualization. In turn, students will develop practical skills to generate insights from using tools and methods necessary for understanding critical parts of data-driven decision making for strategic planning in all areas of industry.

International academic records

Learn more about equivalent degrees for graduate students at the IU Office of International Students.

Academic honesty

It is the responsibility of the applicant to act with honesty and integrity and be responsible and accountable for all actions throughout and after the admissions process. Once you apply, you are formally agreeing to all deadlines and instructions set by the Data Science Program.

If at any time it is discovered that false information, omissions, or misstatements are made on the application, your consideration may be revoked.

Admissions deadlines

The Luddy Office of Online Education operates on an admissions deadline system. This means the date that your application becomes complete - not when submitted - determines your consideration and admissions decision.

For the Data Science online programs, we admit students twice a year for August or January starts. We do not offer admissions for Summer (May) start.

DS Online MS and CERT deadline dates
Application CyclesApplication OpensApplication Closes
FallFebruary 1May 1
SpringAugsut 1November 1

To expedite admissions decisions, applicants are encouraged to submit their application and all supporting materials as early as possible. We suggest submitting your application at least 2 weeks before the final deadline to ensure all necessary documentation is attached.

Our data retention policy

Any form of documentation or recorded inforamtion - regardless of physical characteristics - created, received, recorded, or legally submitted in the course of study becomes the property of Indiana University. This means documentation is non-returnable, and will not be forwarded, copied, or released to you or a thrid party.

We recommend that you avoid sending irreplaceable documents.

We do encourage you to make photocopies of your original academic records and send them to your home university.

Ask your home university to:

  • Verify that the photocopies are consistent with their records
  • Attest that the copies are true photocopies and stamp them with an official university stamp
  • Put the attested, stamped photocopies in sealed envelopes endorsed by the registrar
  • Mail the sealed, endorsed envelopes directly to the appropriate graduate office

Indiana University requires that university records, as defined herein, regardless of format, be retained for specific periods of time in accordance with legal or other institutional requirements, or for historical value. The university has designated official repositories to manage the retention of these records according to procedures outlined below, wherein documents are securely destroyed after three years of the last date of enrollment.

Learn more about the records retention guidelines.

Note: All credentials are retained indefinitely throughout a student's academic career with the Luddy Office of Online Education. Excluded from this policy are individuals who reserve the right to request their irreplaceable; original documents be verified upon arrival on campus for same-day verification. Same-day verification is only awarded to those who submit their irreplaceable and official academic records to the Office of International Services (OIS) in-person.

International documentation is nonreturnable, unless deemed irreplaceable. An irreplaceable document is defined by Indiana University as:

“A document that can only be issued once in a lifetime per person by a ministry of education (or other educational authority) or a document where another official copy cannot be obtained.”

International documentation, as deemed irreplaceable by the Office of International Services (OIS), may be returned after the conferral of your degree or certificate at your sole request. Indiana University will not voluntarily return your documentation upon degree conferral.

The Data Science Graduate Office will return materials if all of the below is followed:

  • You’ve completed all program requirements and a degree or certificate was conferred
  • You have submitted the Return of Irreplaceable Documents Request form and “Agreed” to all terms and conditions
    • Please contact the Data Science Graduate Office at datasci@indiana.edu for the form
  • You’ve provided sufficient evidence of identification in the form of an official photo (license) and IU identification number for an in-person pickup or mail return

NOTE: Any documents requested to be returned through mail, will be at your expense. The Data Science Graduate Office is not reliable for any damages that should occur prior, during, or after the delivery of the documents.

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