Admission Requirements

Prerequisite Coursework

For the incoming spring 2017, we are offering admission to prospective students that satisfy the following admission criteria:

a.    Courses in an accredited university with an equivalent grade of B or better in Multivariate Calculus, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, Statistics, Probability

b.    Language Proficiency in : (C/C++, Java) or (Python - Perl) and a Unix/Linux Shell

Or

c.    An undergraduate degree in Computer Science from an accredited university with a GPA greater than or equal to 3.25 (out of 4).

d.    Students with undergraduate degrees in Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and other Sciences with a GPA above 3.5 (out of 4) , may be considered for temporal admission and will be placed in undergraduate bridge classes on Data Structures and Algorithms, Data Bases, Operating Systems and Computer Architecture. After successful completion of these remedial classes (with a grade of B or better) they will be granted full admission into the MSDS Program.

Necessary Materials

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.

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.

Mail To

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

Application Deadline

For the Spring semester: International, September 15th. MS applications only; United States citizens as well as green card holders: October 15th.

For the Fall semester: February 1st for International MS applicants; United States citizens and green card holders MS applicants: March 1st.

See the Graduate Admissions page here.

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 bandwidth is 7.

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