We want to make sure your application to the online University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Data Science program goes smoothly. The following steps will guide you through the process. If you have a question, call a friendly enrollment adviser at 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276) or email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to help!
All application materials need to be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission.
Starting your application early will help ensure you have plenty of time to gather required materials (such as transcripts), transfer credits, apply for financial aid, and complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.
Due to COVID-19, many institutions have transitioned to remote operations. When ordering transcripts, it is recommended to order e-transcripts only, as physical (mailed) copies may not be available in a timely manner.
Please refer to our Course Schedule for course dates.
Admission to the UW Master of Science in Data Science requires:
- A bachelor’s degree and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Official college transcripts are required. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission. Please contact an enrollment adviser for more information—see phone hours and contact information below.
- Recent prerequisite coursework in elementary statistics, introductory computer programming, and introduction to databases. Relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of this coursework. If you are in need of prerequisite coursework, this pre-approved list of options may assist you. Please contact an enrollment adviser for details.
- Your resume.
- Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic).
- A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing the reasons behind your decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the data science field. Space for the personal statement is included in the online application.
- No aptitude tests (GMAT, GRE) are required.
*Campuses may waive some of these requirements as part of the comprehensive application process.
The University of Wisconsin Data Science program welcomes international students to apply. Admission requirements vary slightly by participating campus. Please visit the website of your chosen home campus for details.
How to Apply
While you are free to apply on your own, many prospective students find great value in speaking with an enrollment adviser first. Our friendly staff is here to answer your questions, talk with you about your career goals, and help you ensure that this program is a good choice for you.
Step 2. Apply to your preferred home campus using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.
Step 3. Send your resume, personal statement, and letters of recommendation; and arrange to have your official college transcripts (from each institution you attended) sent to the graduate student admissions office of the home campus to which you applied.
Financial Aid Options
Financial aid is available to students who qualify. See our Tuition and Financial Aid page for details.
A Multi-Campus Collaboration
The UW Master of Science in Data Science is a collaboration of the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus and six University of Wisconsin degree-granting institutions: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior. This partnership allows us to bring you a truly multidisciplinary curriculum taught by knowledgeable and experienced instructors from across the UW System.
Choosing a “home” campus
Although you will take courses taught by faculty from all six partner campuses and complete your program entirely online, you will be asked to choose a “home” campus from the degree-granting institutions above. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive financial aid (if you qualify), advising, career services, and ultimately, your diploma. Admission and graduation requirements do not vary across the UW Master of Science in Data Science partner institutions, so your choice of a home campus is essentially a matter of personal preference unless you live near one of these institutions and wish to meet face-to-face with campus staff once you become an enrolled student.
Questions? We’re Here to Help
Enrollment advisers are available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT.
We’ll be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the process.