Admissions & Application

Spring 2023 Application Now Open

Important Dates

Jun 1

Spring 2023 Application Opens

Aug 15

Spring 2023 Priority Deadline

Sep 15

Spring 2023 Final Deadline

Please note: To ensure all items are turned in by the deadline, applicants must complete the GoApplyTexas 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.

Relevant Education

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited 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

See below for a list of courses that are recommended for completion before applying to the online MSDS program.

The Admissions Committee, has recognized three important qualities that they would like to see in an applicant: 

  • Mathematical Maturity: Can you think in terms of mathematical notation and concepts? More importantly, can you recognize your areas of deficit, and self-correct?
  • Critical Thinking: Can you think through a problem, recognizing where mistakes were made, correct them, and re-address another possible solution?
  • Technical Background: Can you utilize software to get a job done? If not, can you get yourself up to speed on it relatively quickly?

Applicants who do not hold a degree in statistics, computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, electrical engineering or similar, will need to have certain course work prior to enrolling in the program:

  • Math (calculus and linear algebra)
    • Multivariable Calculus (eg. MATH 408D) and
    • Linear Algebra (eg. MATH 341 equivalent)
  • Statistics (college level introduction to statistics)
    • Introduction to Statistics (eg. SDS 302, 304, 306 or equivalents)
    • SDS 328M equivalents
  • Programming experience in:
    • Python and
    • R or C++

Application Materials

Your application will be submitted through GoAppyTexas. In addition to the GoApplyTexas application, please review the following requirements and considerations and download the application guide.

Required Materials

Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose must be submitted via the MyStatus site as a "Statement of Purpose" document. Candidates should limit their submission to two pages describing their reasons for pursuing graduate study, academic and professional interests and goals. It may also include events/experiences that prepared you for graduate study.


An applicant's CV/resume will outline their work history, educational background, relevant publications, research and patents. At the end of the CV/resume please include a section about how you have covered relevant coursework (via MOOC’s, courses, work) and the grade associated with this course (assuming it was through a college or university).

Mathematics & Programming Preparedness Form

Applicants must provide relevant information regarding coursework taken in the subject areas of linear algebra, multivariate calculus, introductory statistics, and programming. This form must be uploaded as a “Mathematics Preparedness Form” document through the Document Upload System on the applicant’s MyStatus Portal.

Quest Assessment

Once you receive your UT EID use your credentials to pay the MSDS Quest Assessment through UT Austin’s TXShop. Be sure to enter 1 for the Quantity, add to your cart, check out as a Guest, and use the same information entered on your GoApplyTexas profile in the Billing Address section. After selecting Continue with Credit you will be asked if you are tax exempt– please select “no” as the assessment does not have a sales tax. Proceed through the University of Texas at Austin Credit Card System payment process. After you pay, you will receive a receipt page with a link to access and complete the MSDS Assessment.


International applicants must have a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or IELTS exams.

For more information, please see UT Austin’s requirements for International Students support page. Any questions about the English Proficiency requirement need to be directed to GIAC at

  • The minimum scores considered acceptable for admission by the Graduate School are:
    • TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
    • IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination


Transcripts are required for all senior colleges and universities.

Optional Materials

GRE General Score

  • There is no minimum GRE test score, however competitive applicants are likely to have GRE quantitative and verbal scores in the 80th percentile or above.
  • The GRE requirement will be optional for all spring and fall 2023 admission cycles.
  • Students may continue to submit official GRE scores for consideration, but they will not be required to do so. Providing GRE scores can bolster your application if there are aspects of your application that you feel may be not as competitive as others. For example, if you do not have a relevant or related degree (as clarified above) or have not been in school in over 10 years, adding a GRE score will assist the Admissions Committee in their review. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Letters of Recommendation

Up to three letters of recommendation may be included in an application. The recommenders will receive an email with a link to upload a reference letter.

Application Process

See application deadlines above.

Please use this admissions guide in the Application Materials section above and click on the embedded links to ensure your application and materials meet the Graduate School and program guidelines. Applying is a twofold process involving both Graduate School and program materials. Applicants are recommended to start the application process early in order to have all required materials received by the final deadline.

1 Apply to the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin

Applications are submitted electronically through GoApplyTexas.

  1. Create an account or log-in if you already have one.
  2. Select Start/Edit Application.
  3. Select, Start a New Application.
  4. Select, Four-year college/university.
  5. In the target university, choose University of Texas at Austin (Austin).
  6. In the type of application, choose the most appropriate option.
  7. Select the semester of entry.
  8. Scroll down to Natural Sciences and select Data Science (MS in Data Science Online Program) option as the major.
  9. Continue on with the application.
  10. Pay the Application Fee.
  11. Within 48 hours of the submission your application you will be able to upload applicable required materials.

2 Check your MyStatus Portal and upload applicable items

See the guide for Program Requirements and Graduate and International Admissions Center Requirements.

3 Send Test Scores

Send official GRE scores to UT Austin (optional)

Reference UT Austin code: 6882.

Send official English proficiency exam scores (if applicable)

International Applicants are required to submit either an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report demonstrating an adequate knowledge of English. Visit the Graduate and International Admissions Center site for more information.

4 Review Your Status

Visit MyStatus to monitor reference requests, upload your program requirements, submit additional items such as publications, add a new recommender, and revise your FERPA waiver.

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 this 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 form asks for 2018 tax information. 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.

Visit financial aid at UT Austin for more information.

Additional Resources

UT’s Office of Financial Aid offers the following information on different ways to pay for your degree:

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