Admissions & Application

Fall 2023 Application is Open

Important Dates

Dec 15

Fall 2023 Application Opens

Apr 1

Fall 2023 Priority Deadline

May 1

Fall 2023 Final Deadline

Please note: To ensure all items are turned in by the deadline, applicants must complete the ApplyTexas portion of their application at least one week prior to the deadlines above.

Eligibility Requirements


Competitive applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Relevant Education

A bachelor’s degree in computer science from a regionally accredited institution or comparable degree from a foreign academic institution is required. 

A typical candidate will have a degree in statistics, computer science, mathematics, engineering, or similar are recommended. 

Atypical Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field should provide evidence of a sufficiently technical background, a passion for data science, and their functional use of the topic through work experience. This information will need to be conveyed on an applicant’s CV, Statement of Purpose, and Mathematics & Programming Preparation form.

Relevant Background

Applicants should have an extensive background in computer science or related sciences. Applicant coursework and/or professional experience covering knowledge from core undergraduate computer science courses will be taken into consideration.

How to Apply

To apply to the online master's program, applicants must submit an application and program specific required materials to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. We encourage applicants to start the application process early to ensure all required materials are received by the final deadline.

1 Download the Application Guide.

2 Start your application.

3 Pay the application fee.

4 Upload applicable items to your MyStatus Portal.

5 Review your MyStatus Portal for application completion.

Courses are offered by semester and follow The University of Texas at Austin’s academic calendar. Students may begin courses in the semester they applied for admissions (either the fall or spring semester). Students are required to be enrolled in the long semester (fall and spring semesters). The summer semester is optional.

Students may enroll in an online master’s program on a part-time or full-time basis. For working professionals, we recommend taking one to two courses per semester.

Students are allowed a maximum of six years to complete their master’s degree.

Tuition & Fees

Full Program

10 Courses

Tuition is the same for U.S. and international students.

Per Course

$333 per
credit hour


Some additional institutional fees may apply.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Students are encouraged to seek tuition reimbursement through their employer. If you work at a company that offers tuition benefits, speak with your manager or HR department to see what’s available to you.


Each semester, students are extended the following fees when applicable:

Financial Aid

Graduate students pursuing a master’s online may apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please visit Texas One Stop for more information regarding loans. Students are also encouraged to check with a lending institution of their choice for other possible student loans. In order to apply for a federally-backed educational loan, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once this form has been submitted, you may also sign up to receive your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) electronically. You will need to complete the FAFSA each fiscal year (October 1st) if you wish to receive aid. It is important to note that your application is completed based on your income tax filing for the previous year and your award will be for the Summer and Fall of the application year and the Spring in the following year. The 20/21 FAFSA will cover fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021. If you plan to take summer classes you must have both the 20/21 and 21/22 FAFSA applications on file in order to qualify for financial aid. It is important to pay attention to all communications received in regards to your financial aid in order to avoid delaying your payment. We also encourage students to check their CASH pages weekly to ensure no new items are pending.

Additional Resources

UT Austin’s Texas One Stop also offers the following information on different ways to pay for your degree:

Take the Next Step

Advance your data science career with UT Austin's online Master of Data Science.