How to Apply: Data Science Master’s

The application deadline for Spring 2020 is December 1st 
Spring 2020 Classes Start: January 27, 2020

If you’re looking for a data science program with hands-on experience, rigorous academics, and access to a robust network of knowledgeable industry professionals, learn more about applying at UMBC!

At a Glance

Locations Offered

  • Main Campus (Catonsville)
  • Shady Grove (Rockville)

Programs Offered


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in any subject and 3.0 GPA

  • GRE scores are not required for admission
  • Prospective students must have also completed the following courses at the undergraduate or graduate level:
    • One semester of statistics
    • Calculus I
    • Candidates must have academic or professional experience equivalent to basic programming courses.
    • Students who do not have formal undergraduate programming courses or on-the-job training are encouraged to use MOOCs or Khan Academy.
  • International applicants should refer to the International Admission Page for special admission information

Application Process

  • Apply online
    • Select proposed program Data Science  >> Data Science (PRST MPS)
    • Submit your statement of goals as an attachment in the “Academic Goals and Research Interests” section
    • Recommendations are optional. Please put N/A in these fields if you choose not to enter names of references.
    • Complete residency information to be reviewed for in-state tuition rates
  • Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to be sent to UMBC Graduate School, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or emailed to gradschool@umbc.edu.
  • Submit resume as an attachment in the “Additional Admissions Documents” section or submit to gradschool@umbc.edu

Your application should include the following documents: (Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.)

  • Completed application including residency form (Residency form determines in-state tuition eligibility)
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program. This also is an opportunity for applicants to further explain their background and qualifications for the program and provide any additional information about themselves or their career experience that they feel will benefit the evaluation of their application.
  • Current resume (When applying online, upload your resume to the graduate school application.)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • Non-refundable application fee ($50 online)

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Mailing Instructions

All application documents should be mailed to: 
UMBC Graduate School, MPS: Data Science
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

If you require further assistance, please contact Faith Dinh

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