Graduate Programs


Data Science Online

How to Apply

We require that you submit your application online.  For up-to-date information and expectations, please visit our "How to Apply" page.  There are specific instructions to guide you through the application, and you should pay attention to the transcript section.  Please be advised incomplete applications are not reviewed for admission consideration.

What We Are Looking For

We want to know if your interests and abilities match the program you are applying for and if you seem likely to benefit from an education in the school.  If you think it is helpful, you can supplement the required application materials with other information that sheds light on your capabilities. A resume or curriculum vitae is ideal for including citations or links to any published work, conference presentations, or other items you have produced.

Items that are important in the evaluation process include:


We require all applicants to hold a four (4) year US Bachelor's degree or equivalent.  Your degree does not need to be in the fields of computer science, or other science discipline; however, these key areas are important.  You should have some experience or working knowledge of programming languages such as Python and R, as well as an understanding of mathematical principles (linear algebra, calculus, probability, statistics, or discrete math) before joining the program; experience with data structures and algorithms is helpful, but not required.


You will be required to provide contact information for one academic or professional who can attest to your abilities, accomplishments, strengths, and unique experiences.  Additional references may be provided to further support your application.


The most important information to include in your statement of purpose concerns your academic goals.  Tell us your academic background as it relates to the field of data science, career goals, and overall aspiration for applying to this specific program. You may also use your statement of purpose to explain any anomalies in your record.  The length should be approximately 750 words (1-1.5 pages).


Submit scanned copies of your academic records directly to the Luddy Office of Online Education with your graduate application.  For further details regarding your academic records, please refer to our application instructions on the "How to Apply" page.


A skills-based resume helps to identify your most relevant areas of achievement and knowledge.  Listing programming languages is helpful, as is including any awards or publications


Deadlines for application submission for each program are published on our "How to Apply" page.
Please note our online programs operate on an admission deadline system.  This means the date on which your application becomes complete - not when it is submitted - determines whether you have successfully met the deadline for admissions consideration.


We evaluate applications after the established deadlines.  We will let you know as soon as we have reached a decision, generally four (4) to five (5) weeks from the application deadline.

Occasionally, denied applicants contact us for an explanation.  Unfortunately, we receive hundreds of applications per year, so information about our decision may be limited.


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