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Master of Data Science Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What if I am not a computer science or math major? Can I still apply?
    If you lack the necessary computer science perquisites, you will be given a  placement exam  by the computer science department to determine if you need to take  CS 401–Introduction to Advanced Studies I , which is a prerequisite for more advanced computer science courses, or if you need to start with  CS 201–Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science . If you have not taken an undergraduate course in probability and statistics you will be required to take  MATH 474–Probability and Statistics , and you may need to complete other mathematical prerequisites as well or take a corresponding proficiency exam. Find more information about prerequisite coursework requirements  here .
  2. What if I have already taken the prerequisites assigned to me at time of admission?
    When admitted, prerequisite courses are assigned to you to make sure you are successful in the Data Science program. However, if you feel the courses you took in your college of university cover those topics, you may email your course syllabus to to be assessed. If the topics match the requirements, the relevant prerequisite(s) will be waived.
  3. Aside from the prerequisites listed above, what other admissions criteria are required?
    Successful applicants generally hold a bachelor's degree in a STEM or business-related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0. For consideration of admission the minimum required GRE scores are 304 (quantitative + verbal) and 2.5 (analytical writing). 
    In addition, applicants are required to submit a professional statement of objectives and, at least, one letter of recommendation, though two letters of recommendation are preferred.
    Any applicant whose undergraduate degree was earned at an institution where the primary language of instruction is not English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) , Pearson Test of English (PTE) , or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Click here for Illinois Tech’s English Language Proficiency Test Requirements. Note that international students must also submit financial support documents .
  4. If I was admitted to another program at Illinois Tech, can I transfer to the master of data science program?
    Admission to another Illinois Tech certificate or degree program will not necessarily guarantee admission to the master of data science program. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for instructions on submitting a new application.
  5. Is the Program available online?
    A limited number of courses are available online to students who are enrolled in the program in the U.S. or Canada.
  6. When can I start?
    If the prerequisites have been met you may begin your graduate studies in either the fall or spring semesters. Application deadline information can be found here .
  7. How long will it take?
    Full-time students can finish the degree in a 12 or 16 months. Part-time students can finish the degree in 24 months.
  8. What will my diploma state as the degree earned?
    Your diploma will state that you have earned a Master of Data Science.
  9. Are international students accepted?
    Yes. Illinois Tech seeks the best students from all parts of the world.
  10. How much does the program cost?
    Information about current tuition and fees can be found at .
  11. Are there any scholarships available?
    Partial tuition scholarships may be available. For more Information, visit the Illinois Tech Graduate Admission website: domestic students click here , international students click here .
  12. How can I apply for the program?
    Please go to the Illinois Tech application page here . More information about the application procedure is available at .
  13. Where can I find more information about Illinois Tech's policies and procedures?
For more information about Data Science at Illinois Tech, contact the Director of Data Science.