M.S. Online

Deadline: April 5, 2019

Domestic Application Fee: $55.00           
International Application Fee: $65.00

online ms

Our online option provides working professionals and recent college graduates a flexible graduate degree in an interdisciplinary program. Students have up to five (5) years to complete 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.

Application Instructions

For admissions consideration to the program, you will need to submit an online application (e-App).

Please select “Data Science” as your Academic Program and "Data Science MS (Online)" as your Academic Plan.

To complete your application, follow the Online MS Checklist below:

  • Statement of Purpose

    Upload a Statement of Purpose (SOP) in PDF format under the “Department Information” tab on your online application (e-App).

    Please indicate at the top of your statement which program you are seeking admission to: Online M.S. in Data Science - Personal Statement. Your statement should be approximately 500 words long and clearly explain your academic background, career goals, and aspirations for applying to this program. Please be concise, authentic, and sincere - your statement will be evaluated by the Data Science Admissions Committee, as well as preparation and overall fit.

  • Résumé

    Upload your résumé/CV in PDF format under the “Department Information” tab on your online application (e-App).

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Provide contact information for three (3) academic or professional references under the Department Information tab on your online application (e-App).

    Select recommenders who can attest to your abilities, accomplishments, strengths, knowledge, and experience. Your recommenders will receive an electronic request to write their letter AFTER you have submitted your online application. Be sure to submit your application well in advance of the deadline, in order to give your recommenders time to get their letters submitted.

  • Transcripts and Degree Certifications

    Upload scanned copies of all official transcript(s), mark sheet(s), and degree certificate(s) in PDF format under “Department Information” tab on your online application (e-App). Please be aware we require scanned copies of transcripts with six (6) credits or more of coursework.  

    You are also welcome to send your academic records as pdf attachments or electronically through a secure site (Parchment, eScript, National Student Clearinghouse, etc.) to datasci@indiana.edu. Please do not provide official paper copies for the admissions process.

    For a more detailed information regarding unofficial and official academic documentation, please see our FAQ site here.  

    NOTE: Official academic transcripts and certifications will be required for final admissions.

  • GRE/GRE Waiver

    Report official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores taken within the past five (5) years. Please request your scores directly through ETS.org.

    To report your GRE use the Institution Code of 1324 for Indiana University. If you would like to use a departmental code, we recommend 0000 for Undecided or 0403 for Data Processing.

    While we do not have a minimum requirement for the GRE, competitive applicants should have minimum scores of Quantitative - 160, Verbal - 153, and Analytical Writing - 4.0.

    GRE Waiver Criteria

    The Data Science Admissions Committee may waive test scores for qualified applicants with appropriate academic and professional experience. Students with the following credentials may qualify for a waiver: 

    • Applicants who have graduated with a graduate degree (PhD, MS, MBA, JD, MD, etc.) from an accredited US institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in aSTEM field (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
    • Applicants with five years or more years of postgraduate professional work experience in a STEM field
    • Applicants who demonstrate strong evidence of programming or statistical language training (Python, R specifically) through professional training, accredited coursework, certificate, etc

    Please submit a GRE Waiver statement outlining how you meet the academic and professional requirements mentioned above. Note: You must officially apply to the Online MS program before requesting a GRE Waiver. You may forward your statement to the Data Science Graduate Office to attach with your application. Your request will be reviewed at the time of admission with the support of your other supporting materials.

    If you do not meet all of the following criteria, you will be required to submit official GRE scores that are no less than 5 years old and are valid at the time of admission.

***Please note that any documentation submitted in support of a Data Science application becomes the property of Indiana University. This means documentation is non-returnable, forwarded, copied, or released to the student or to a third party.***