Admission is decided by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Committee members consider many factors in their decision: GPA, GRE scores, TOEFL/IELTS scores, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, classes taken and grades of those classes.
A bachelor’s degree in a STEM field is preferred but not required. Prospective students should have undergraduate mathematics through basic calculus, but need not have prior preparation in college-level statistics or data analysis. Students should also have prior programming experience.
The following materials must be submitted via our online application to be considered for our graduate program:
- Unofficial transcripts in English or with a certified English translation
- Three letters of recommendations
- Statement of purpose*
- TOEFL/IELTS score if required
*A one to three page document where students provide information above and beyond required submission materials. Statements that are succinct are appreciated. Your name and date of birth should appear at the top of each page, and each page should include page numbers (1/3, 2/3, 3/3).
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
English Language Proficiency
One of the two English proficiency examinations described below is required for all applicants whose native language is not English, unless they are graduates of an English-speaking undergraduate program. International graduate students currently studying in the US must still provide an English proficiency test score.
Students taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must have a minimum score of 620 (paper-based test), 260 (computer-based test), or 105 (Internet test). The institution code is 7267.
Students taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must have a minimum score of 7.2.
While a test score below the minimum requirement would not entirely exclude an applicant from receiving an offer, it is strongly taken into account. We have found that students need to have a high-level command of the English language in order to do well in graduate school.
Application Deadlines and Fees
The deadline for completed MS applications is January 15, 2017. The application fee is $60.
Goergen Institute for Data Science
University of Rochester
722 Computer Studies Building
Rochester, NY 14627-0186
Applicants who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the US should visit the International Services Office website for additional information.
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