Admission Requirements

Candidates for the online MS in Data Science program come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the recognized equivalent from an international institution.

Online Application

To be considered for admittance to the online MS in Data Science program, applicants must complete the online application along with the following materials:

Current Résumé

The résumé should include work experience, research, and/or volunteer work.

Transcripts

Official academic records from all previously attended colleges and universities must be submitted directly from those schools to the University of Denver. Applicants may send unofficial transcripts to receive an admissions decision, but official transcripts must be provided before classes begin. All transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Application Processing Services
DataScience@Denver
Suite 501
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706

Application Fee

A $65 application fee is required with the submission of the application.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must provide at least two letters of recommendation—three are preferred—from individuals (non-relatives) they know well and who can evaluate their professional performance or speak to their potential. The Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science is looking for professional recommendations that attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a master’s program.

GRE Test Scores

DataScience@Denver evaluates applicants holistically, considering a range of factors when reviewing their application, including academic background and professional work experience. There is not a minimum GRE score requirement, but competitive applicants earn a 160 quantitative section of the GRE. 

 GRE waivers will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Graduates of a school that is individually ranked as a U.S. News and World Report National University with a GPA > 3.0 who majored in or earned a graduate degree in computer science, statistics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, or physics
  • Graduates of a U.S. News and World Report National Liberal Arts College ranked 100 or better in 2018 with a GPA > 3.0 who majored in or earned a graduate degree in computer science, statistics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, or physics
  • Applicants with expired GRE scores 
  • Applicants who have taken the GMAT and scored at least a 40 on the quantitative section
  • Applicants with five or more years of work experience requiring knowledge of and frequent use of programming languages (ideally Python) and/or frequent use of calculus, linear algebra and/or statistical modeling and analysis

Personal Statement

Applicants must craft a personal statement of at least 300 words. The statement should include information concerning their education, life experiences, interests, and reason for applying to the online data science program at Ritchie.

Gain the data science skills you need to advance your career. Apply to the online MS in Data Science program today.