Hybrid M.S.


Online + Residential

The hybrid option for the M.S. in Data Science will be completed as follows: first online for 12 credit hours - then 18 credit hours completed in residence at Indiana University Bloomington for two consecutive semesters (9 hours in Fall + 9 hours in Spring.) Students have a maximum of five years to complete the M.S. in Data Science.

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. Be aware your statement can be submitted only once during the application process. This statement 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. Within your personal statement, you will also need to indicate your intention to complete the program using the Hybrid option and the anticipated starting semester for the residential portion.


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 certifications. Our mailing address is:

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

We do not accept WES or other third-part 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 Scores

All applicants applying for the Data Science program must submit official GRE scores, and those official scores must be sent directly to Indiana University. Our School code is 1324. GRE scores are good for five years from the date of the exam.

If you have an ETS score sheet, you can scan and send it as an attachment to We will consider those scores as unofficial until the official scores arrive.

We take a very holistic approach to reviewing applications to the Data Science program. As such, we do not have specific minimum admissions requirements that students must meet to qualify for the program. While we do not have minimum requirements for the GRE, we do generally look for scores around Q-160, V-153, and AW-4.0.

TOEFL (for international students)

The TOEFL measures English proficiency and international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL scores. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam. Official TOEFL scores must be sent directly to Indiana University using our School code - 1324. We expect a minimum of 100 on the TOEFL. If you have an ETS score sheet, scan it and send it as an attachment to We can use those scores as unofficial scores until the official scores arrive.

NOTE: Effective August 1, 2016, Data Science no longer accepts IELTS scores.

Additional Information

In order to successfully transition from the Online portion of the program to the Residential portion, you will need to place a formal request by March 1st of the year in which you want to begin the residential portion. You must have completed or be currently completing the 12 credit hour required portion online. This request should be addressed to the Data Science Graduate Office at Once this request has been approved, the Data Science Graduate Office will then prepare an updated admissions letter from the School of Informatics and Computing.

Note for International Students: A copy of your updated admissions letter will be forwarded to the Indiana University Office of International Services for additional verification. Their office will then advise on financial and other documentation needed for visa processing, along with information on International Orientation for new students to IUB campus.