How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online. Instructions are included on the application website. If an applicant or recommender experiences technical difficulties while using the application or recommendation system please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (allow 24 hours for a response).
Please review our Frequently Asked Questions Page for answers to specific questions regarding the application process. If you still have questions you can submit questions to the Rackham Admission Office by emailing email@example.com.
Program code to use in the application: Code 02279 – Data Science Master’s Program
Applications for Fall admissions are due February 1 for the Data Science Master's Program. We do not accept applications for Winter admission. A completed application form and all supporting materials must be submitted by midnight on February 1 to be considered for admission.
GRE (Recommended but not required)
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), prepared and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), is recommended, but not required as part of the application for admission. In addition to ETS sending your official scores, please upload a copy of your GRE scores to your CV, Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose and upload as one copy. Dates and places to take the examination may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service by creating a GRE account. The University of Michigan code for the GRE is 1839. The GRE and TOEFL scores are automatically added to applicant records as long as name and birth date can be matched. Applicants must request that their scores be sent to the University of Michigan using the code above, on the GRE website.
English Proficiency Requirement
An English test is required of all non-native speakers except those who hold a degree from an institution where instruction was exclusively in English. Most commonly this requirement is satisfied by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The University of Michigan requires the a minimum TOEFL score of 84.
Non-native speakers have to take the TOEFL or IELTS unless the official language of instruction at the institution where they received their undergraduate degree was English. Applicants can qualify for an exemption from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria are met:
- You are a native speaker of English.
- You completed all four years of your undergraduate education at an institution in the United States and earned a degree from that institution.
- You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree in one of the following countries, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
- You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
- You completed all of your graduate education, a minimum of two years duration, and earned a graduate degree in one of the following countries, the United States, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom. Graduate education includes Master's, Ph.D., and professional degrees. Graduate degrees that are exclusively research based are excluded.
- Current U-M student.
Applicants must request that their scores be sent to the University of Michigan (code 1839), on the TOEFL website. In addition to ETS sending your official scores, please upload a copy of your GRE scores to your CV, Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose and upload as one copy. For more details on the English test requirements and alternatives to TOEFL, please refer to the Rackham English Proficiency Requirements.
Scanned copies of official transcripts should be uploaded with the application online. Official transcripts from degree-granting institutions only should be mailed directly to Rackham Admissions (See Instructions for Submitting Transcripts). Use the Academic Records/Transcript Submission Form to submit your official transcript so that it is quickly associated with your application. Be sure to include your University of Michigan ID number on all documents. If there is anything you wish to explain about your transcript, please do so in the Statement of Purpose.
Letters of Recommendation (2 Required)
Two letters of recommendation in support of the student's application must be submitted. You may select a 3rd recommendation, however this is optional. The admissions committee puts great weight on concrete letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to judge your potential for successfully completing graduate studies in data science. Often these letters reveal strengths and interests that might not be reflected in grades and GRE scores. To write the letters you should select people who can tell us about your training and abilities, and about any special talents you might have. Recommenders must complete their recommendations online. When the applicant registers the recommenders' names in CollegeNet, an email is automatically sent with a link to enter the recommendation online. Applicants should check the status of their recommendations on the CollegeNet website status page. System tip: When registering your recommenders online, you are not sure of which three recommenders you want to request letters from, just use your name and email address as a place holder. Then you can always go back and change the recommenders information later before submitting the application to us. If you only register 1 or 2 recommender's, there is no way to add more later. Instructions for Submitting Online Letters of Recommendations.
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose gives you an opportunity to tell us about yourself and your reasons for wishing to pursue a graduate degree in Data Science at Michigan. You should tell us about your background, motivating influences that aroused your interest in Data Science, and your career goals and objectives. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program elsewhere, you should tell us why you wish to change institutions or degree programs.
How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. The statement will be read by the faculty members of the admissions committee.
Submit your curriculum vitae or resume that describes your education, work experience, research and teaching experience, professional affiliations, volunteer activity and community engagements, honors and awards.
There is a non-refundable application fee, subject to change:
- United States citizens and those with permanent resident visa status — $75
- Non-U.S. Citizens — $90
Applications received without fees will not be processed, and in most cases, fees cannot be waived, unless you apply to Rackham Graduate School to request a waiver. Further questions about application fee waivers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.The application fee is paid online with a credit card before the application is submitted. There is no need to follow-up with a paper copy of the application or an additional application fee.
- Submit online:
- Application form
- Recommender names and email addresses
- Transcripts (scan of official or unofficial transcript)
- Statement of Purpose
- Personal Statement
- Resume or CV
- GRE scores (optional) *Can be uploaded with your Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement or CV. *
- TOEFL scores (if applicable) *Can be uploaded with your Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement or CV. *
- Request online to be sent to the University of Michigan:
- GRE scores (optional)
- TOEFL scores (if applicable)
- Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the Rackham Graduate School Admissions Office. See Rackham's transcript policy for address and information.
For additional details, please see Rackham's Checklist for Completing the Application Process. Do not send anything to the Data Science Graduate Program Office. Materials sent directly to the Program office or to the Statistics or other Department by regular mail or email will not be reviewed with your application.
How to Check Your Application Status
You can check your application status on the University of Michigan Wolverine Access web site. If you are new to the university, do not create your friend account until you submit your application and are notified through e-mail confirming your submission and U-M ID number. Enter your e-mail address into the Friend Account Request Form. Follow the instructions in the confirmation e-mail to log into Wolverine Access > New and Prospective Student Business to create your Friend Account. You will need to enter your UMID and birthdate. For more instructions see the Information and Technology Services website.
If you have further questions, contact the Data Science Program Office at MDSProgram@umich.edu.
Rackham Student Life Website
Rackham's graduate student life website has information about housing, health care, transportation, child care, and so on.
Note: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.