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Graduate Program


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, resume/CV, 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. Prospective students should have some prior programming experience.

Academic Materials

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*
  • Resume/CV
  • English Language Proficiency for non-native English speakers (TOEFL/IELTS score if required; additional one page English essay strongly recommended)

*The Statement of Purpose should clearly describe your reasons for applying to the University of Rochester, your preparation for the field of study, your study and research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests that may aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. Most statements are one to three pages. Statements that are succinct are appreciated. 


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 quantitative scores and above 60% in verbal and analytical writing. Institution code is 2928. Department code is 0499: Computer and Informational Sciences - Other.

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 or graduate program from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States. If your university degree is from a country not listed above, we do require the TOEFL or IELTS.

International graduate students currently studying in the US have the English language proficiency examinations waived automatically.  If it does not waive automatically, contact .

Students taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) should 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) should have a minimum score of 7.0. To officially submit your scores, choose to send your scores to “University of Rochester Graduate Studies.” 

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. 

Applicants whose native language is not English (including those who have studied at an English-speaking institution) are strongly encouraged to upload a one page essay written in English. Pursing an advanced degree takes enormous effort, particularly when the language and culture are not your own. We encourage you to share information about your experience with the English language, including formal study in English, time spent in an English-speaking environment, and your comfort level speaking and writing English.

Application Deadlines and Fees 

Applications for Fall 2021 are now closed.

Our application portal for Fall 2022 applications will open in August 2021. 

Applications received by January 5, 2022 receive priority review for fall 2022 admission and area expected to receive a decision by February 15, 2022.  Applications received by February 15th will receive decisions by March 15th.  Applications received before February 15th will have the highest probability for admittance.   After February 15th, applications may be be submitted but will have much lower probability for review and admittance. 

Completed MS applications must be submitted online. Applicants should initiate their application several weeks ahead of these deadlines in order to ensure that all materials, including test scores and the three recommendations, are received on time.

The application fee is $60. Fee may be waived for University of Rochester students, employees and alumni.

We do not have a Spring 2022 admission review for students outside of the University of Rochester.  Current students from Simon Business School, Warner School, School of Medicine and Dentistry or another UR program considering to study data science should contact our office by November 1 to discuss the possibility of spring intake.

International Students

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

If you are applying with a three-year degree from a foreign institution, you will need to provide a WES evaluation stating that the degree you were awarded is equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. Once this information is submitted, then our graduate program will accept that you have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.



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.

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If you have any further questions regarding the admissions program, please visit the data science's frequently asked questions page, prospective students FAQ's, or email

Mailing Address

Graduate Admissions
Goergen Institute for Data Science
University of Rochester
Wegmans Hall
PO Box 270125
Rochester, NY 14627-0186