How to Apply

Your career as a data specialist awaits

You don’t have to come from a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) background to be successful in the Data Science Program at Indiana University.

In fact, we embrace your unique academic or professional experience, and believe that it will only bolster your journey towards becoming a one-of-kind, in-demand data specialist.

Read ahead to discover how to apply to our program.

International students

To apply, you’ll need to provide official documentation showing you’ve earned a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in another country. To apply to our residential M.S. program, you will also need a valid Visa.

Learn more about equivalent degrees for graduate students and Visas at the IU Office of International Services.

Your academic background

Although you don’t need to have a specific background to be successful in this program, you must possess the following:

  • Knowledge of mathematical and statistical principles like linear algebra, calculation, and probability
  • Familiar with basic concepts of object-oriented programming like C, C++, and/or Java
  • Possess strong communication and critical thinking skills
  • Experience with data structures and algorithms

If you need help developing any of these skills, please contact the Luddy Office of Online Education for recommendations on how to increase your mathematical and programming skills.


We highly recommend that you submit your application and all supporting materials at least two weeks prior to final deadlines to expedite admissions decisions.

Residential Programs

  • January 1 - Application deadline for mid-February response
  • February 2 - Application deadline for mid-March response
  • March 23 - Application deadline for early April response
  • After March 23 - Applications submitted after this date will be considered on case-by-case basis and subject to the availability of space
  • April 15 - Student Decision Deadline

Online programs

  • February 1 - Fall application opens.
  • May 30 - Deadline for Fall consideration.
  • September 1 - Spring application opens.
  • November 1 - Deadline for Spring consideration

Academic honesty

It is your responsibility to act with honesty and integrity, and be responsible and accountable for all actions throughout the admissions process. Once you submit an application, you are formally agreeing to adhere 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 could be revoked.

After you apply

The length of time it will take to review your application depends on the time of the year you apply, the number of applications we receive, and the size of the current admissions committee.

After your application fee has been processed and your application forwarded to us for review, the committee strives to complete the review process in four to five weeks from the application deadline.

Financial support

The Data Science Program has limited funds to distribute. The number of students who apply to our program each year, as well as the competitiveness of each applicant, determines the number of financial awards we are able to offer.

Our aid packages typically do not cover full tuition or large stipends. All completed admissions applications will be considered for financial aid or fellowship by the admissions committee at the time of the application review. If you are offered admission, your admit letter will detail the financial award.

Learn more about financial aid at IU.

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