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Data Science Master's Application

Program Information

On this page you will find information on how to apply for the Data Science Master's Program. For further information on the program, including funding, eligibility, curriculum and more, please visit the Data Science Master's Program page.

How to Apply

Rackham Graduate School and individual graduate programs work as a team to manage the application review process. Learn more about the process and admissions requirements, along with information on preparing your application here.

Applications must be submitted online. Instructions are included on the application website. If an applicant or recommender experiences technical difficulties while using the application or recommendation system please contact (allow 24 hours for a response).

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions Page for answers to specific questions regarding the application process.  If you still have questions you can submit questions to the Rackham Admission Office by emailing

Program code to use in the application: Code 02279 – Data Science Master’s Program


Applications for Fall admissions are due January 15 for the Data Science Master's Program. We do not accept applications for Winter admission. A completed application form and all supporting materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on January 15 to be considered for admission.

Current University of Michigan Graduate Students

Dual Master’s Program for Current Master’s Students

The dual Master’s degree (Master of Science in Data Science) is restricted to students who are already enrolled in a Master’s program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It is a dual degree earned while a student is working towards a Master’s in another field. Applicants must have completed one term of a Rackham Master’s program and to have at least the following background before they join: 2 semesters of college calculus, 1 semester of linear or matrix algebra, and 1 introduction to computing course. Evaluation of the applications will be made relative to the other applications to the Master’s of Data Science program. 

To apply, applicants should complete Rackham's online dual admission application, found here. The program code for the MS in Data Science is 02279. Please note that applicants must complete the Pre-Approval Form for Dual Admission and obtain a signature of approval from the authorized signer in their current graduate program before they apply. Applicants will be required to upload the completed and signed Pre-Approval Form in the online application. For more information on the process and requirements to apply for dual admission, please visit

Dual Admission candidates need to provide one Letter of Recommendation from their home program director, who must send their letter directly to the Master's of Data Science program at before the application deadline. Letters submitted by applicants will not be accepted.

The deadline for current University of Michigan graduate students to submit an application to add the MS in Data Science degree to their current program is January 15.

Application Checklist

  • Submit online:
    • Application form
    • Recommender names and email addresses
    • Transcripts (scan of official or unofficial transcript)
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Personal Statement
    • Resume or CV
  • Request online to be sent to the University of Michigan:
    • English Proficiency Exam scores (if applicable)
  • Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the Rackham Graduate School Admissions Office. See Rackham's transcript policy for address and information.

For additional details, please see Rackham's Checklist for Completing the Application Process. Do not send anything to the Data Science Graduate Program Office. Materials sent directly to the Program office or to the Statistics or other Department by regular mail or email will not be reviewed with your application.

Application Requirements


Please review our FAQ page for prospective students to learn more about other criteria, including the academic background recommended to be successful in this program. If you have further questions, contact the Data Science Program Office at

Rackham Student Life Website

Rackham's graduate student life website has information about housing, health care, transportation, child care, and so on.

Note: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.