Graduate Program

Applying

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.

Academic Materials

The following materials must be submitted via our online application to be considered for our graduate program:

*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).

Standardized Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE is not required but scores can be submitted for consideration. A good candidate has GRE scores in the 80th percentile in all categories. Institution code is 2928.

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.

Mailing Address

Graduate Admissions

Goergen Institute for Data Science

University of Rochester

722 Computer Studies Building
Rochester, NY 14627-0186


International Students

Applicants who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the US should visit the International Services Office website for additional information.

Policy

The University of Rochester values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. Further, the University complies with all applicable non-discrimination laws in the administration of its policies, admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities. 


Learn more about the University of Rochester’s Academic Honesty policies.

Contact

If you have any further questions regarding the admissions program, please visit the frequently asked questions page or email gids-ms@rochester.edu.