Online M.S.

online ms

Flexibility and Affordability

Our online option provides a flexible opportunity for working professionals at a fraction of the cost.

How to Apply


Online Application

To apply to the program, you will need to complete and submit an online application. The application fee for domestic students is $55 while the fee for international students is $65. Please select "Data Science MS (Online)" as your Academic Program.

Statement of Purpose

Upload your Statement of Purpose as a PDF with your online application. Please be sure to note at the top of your statement: M.S. in Data Science - Personal Statement. Your statement can be submitted only once. It should be a minimum of 500 words and clearly explain your background in a relevant undergraduate or graduate major and the reasons you wish to pursue the degree. Please be concise, authentic, and sincere - your statement will be evaluated by the Data Science Program Curriculum Committee for anticipated success, as well as preparation and fit. Please indicate if you seek to begin the program as an online or as a residential student, and if you plan to explore the hybrid (part online/part residential) option in the future.


Upload your résumé/CV as a PDF with your online application. Résumés/CVs can be submitted only once.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three (3) letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from academic and/or professional references who can attest to your abilities, accomplishments, strengths, knowledge, and experience. If you have experience as a teaching assistant, you may want to consider asking your teaching supervisor to write a recommendation on your behalf.

Transcripts and Degree Certifications

Upload scanned copies of your transcript(s) and degree certification(s) with your online application or send a scanned copy of your transcript(s) and degree certification(s) as an attachment to

NOTE: If you are admitted to our program, you will be required to have the registrar or record-keeping official from each institution at which your previous work was completed send us your official transcripts and degree certification. Our mailing address is:

Data Science Admissions
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University
711 N. Park Ave
Bloomington, IN 47408 USA

We do not accept WES or other third-party evaluation service as official transcripts. If an applicant submits a WES evaluation, we will view those documents as unofficial scans, and the applicant will be required to provide official transcripts should they enroll in the Data Science Program.

GRE/GRE Waiver

The GRE is required for all Master’s programs in Data Science. If you have extensive work experience of 5+ years and/or hold an advanced degree in an applicable science field, you may request consideration for a GRE Waiver for the Online MS program only. Please email our Program Directors at with your most recent résumé and scanned copies of your transcripts. You will be notified once a decision is made. 

If your request is denied or you are not eligible, you will need to send official GRE scores via ETS to Indiana University. Our School code is 1324, no departmental code necessary. If you have an ETS score sheet, you can scan and send it as an attachment to We can consider those scores as unofficial until the official scores arrive.