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Application Instructions

The Master's in Data Science program at Rutgers University is now accepting applications for Fall 2017

Please read the following instructions carefully before beginning the application process.

  • Prerequisite coursework for admission to the MS Data Science program is described here. Important! Admitted applicants who do not meet the prerequisite requirement must take the appropriate courses at their home institution or online before arriving at Rutgers in the fall. A placement test will be given to test the readiness of the students. Failure to pass this test may significantly delay the student's progress in the program.
    • Applicants should apply to the MS Data Science University Graduate Admissions website (this also applies to applicants wishing to take a course or courses on a non-degree or non-matriculated basis. When completing the "Program Information" portion of the application, applicants should select 16954.

    • Application Deadline: Students will be accepted to the program on a rolling admissions basis and there is no strict application deadline. However, space in the MS Data Science program is limited and potential applicants are encouraged to apply early.
  • Application Requirements: A list of required application materials, which is maintained by the Graduate Admissions office may be found here (under "Statistics & Biostatistics (MS)").  A more detailed description of required application materials is provided below.

    Materials required for the MS Data Science application include:
    • Official transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement
    • Test scores from general GRE exam or GMAT exam
    • TOEFL or IELTS test scores (if non-native English speaker - details of who must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score may be found here)

    Official Test scores (TOEFL/GRE) must be sent directly from ETS to Rutgers University (use code 2790 for Rutgers university, no code for our department is needed). GMAT scores must be sent to the Graduate School of New Brunswick.

     Official transcripts and other material which is not submitted online should be mailed to:

    Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    56 College Ave
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541, U.S.A.
    (848) 932-7711

  • Test Scores: The Graduate School generally expects successful applicants to have verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Exam scores of at least 500/153 and 600/148, respectively (score scale for tests taken before/after August 1, 2011).  Successful applicants to the MSDS program are likely to have quantitative scores considerably higher than 600/148.  For students submitting GMAT scores, the typical requirements are a verbal score of at least 29 and a quantitative score of at least 41.  However, there is often some flexibility for the verbal score for both GRE and GMAT.

    Minimal requirements for applicants who must submit a TOEFL score are:
    Writing 22
    Speaking 23
    Reading 21
    Listening 17

  The acceptable IELTS score is bandwidth 7.

NOTE: As part of the BS/MS continuing program, GRE/GAMT scores are waived for all Rutgers undergraduate students with 3.2 GPA or above.

Additional Information

Several frequently asked questions have been answered and posted as FAQs. Other inquiries about the program can be sent to If you have questions about the general application process, have troubles with the online application system, or want to confirm the status of your application, etc., please post your inquiries at Contact form or visit the Graduate School's Frequently Asked Questions. Information on the general Statistics and Biostatistics MS program may be found here

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