SMU considers all applications holistically, without placing emphasis on any one specific factor. Your admission decision will be based on our assessment of your ability to succeed in the program and considers your undergraduate grades, test scores and work experience.
In order to be considered for the Master of Science in Data Science program, you must meet the following requirements:
Hold a bachelor's degree or its recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.
Provide Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores. The GRE requirement may be waived if you have five or more years of industry experience in a related field or previous master's degree.
Applicants whose native language is not English must also provide Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (90+).
This should be demonstrated by at least one of the following qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree in a quantitative discipline such as statistics, applied mathematics, computer science or engineering;
- College-level coursework in statistics, calculus I and II or another quantitative methods course; or
- Work experience involving data analysis or data management.
Have a basic understanding of a programming language, such as SAS, JAVA, C, C++, Python or R. In particular, a basic understanding of how to use and program in Python and R is strongly recommended.
A completed application must include the following:
- Online application
- $75 application fee
- One letter of recommendation
- Professional résumé or curriculum vitae
- Statement of purpose
- All official transcripts
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
You must complete the entire application form and provide all required documents to be considered for admission to the program.
A nonrefundable $75 application fee, which can be paid online, is required.
Letters of Recommendation
One letter from a professional or academic reference is required. However, it is strongly recommended you provide two letters of recommendation. Your letters should speak to your ability to succeed in a master's degree program as well as your commitment to the field of data science.
Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
A professional résumé or curriculum vitae is required. Include all relevant professional experience (highlight technical and programming experience), trainings, and notable projects.
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose should explain your interest in earning your M.S. in Data Science from SMU. The statement should include how your educational and professional background have prepared you to succeed in a master's degree program and how you will be an asset to the SMU community.
You must submit official transcripts from every institution you have attended, including study abroad and community college programs. Transcripts can take time to process, and we recommend you request your transcripts as soon as possible.
Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as this will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.
If you would like your transcripts to be sent by mail, please use the following address:
Application Processing Services
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706
Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. The GRE requirement can be waived if you have five or more years of industry experience in a related field or a previous master's degree. The SMU school code is 7478 for GRE scores and 7493 for TOEFL scores. Test scores can take up to three weeks to reach the University, so please plan accordingly.
International students whose native language is not English should have a TOEFL English language proficiency test with a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based examination or 90 on the internet based examination. A score of 6.5 or better is also acceptable on the IELTS English language proficiency test.
A student whose native language is not English is exempt from the TOEFL requirement if he or she meets one of the following criteria:
- Is a US Citizen or Permanent Resident;
- Has lived and worked in the US for 5 or more years;
- Has graduated from an accredited university in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, or English-speaking Canada