Master's in Science in Data Science Program

Admissions requirements, deadlines, and FAQs about the Master's in Science in Data Science program.

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Admission Schedule

Click here for the admission application. The admission application fee is $30. (For an admitted student to accept an offer of admission by reserving a space in the class, the enrollment fee is a $200 tuition deposit submitted by the deadline stated in the offer of admission.

Click here to pay the application fee.

If you are seeking admission for Spring 2018, the deadline to submit all application materials is December 1, 2017. Please see the section below, “Policies on Acceptance of Academic Credit,” for important information regarding credit by exam for students seeking admission for the Spring term.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2018 is July 16, 2018. Application materials will not be accepted after this date.

Policies on Acceptance of Academic Credit

Transfer Credit will not be accepted from other institutions, nor will transfer credit be accepted for experiential learning or professional certificates.

Applicants may petition the Graduate Admissions Selection Committee for permission to take a written qualifying examination. Applicants who pass the qualifying examination will receive credit by exam for up to 12 graduate credit hours towards a Master’s degree in Data Science.

If the petition is granted, the Master’s in Science in Data Science Program sets an appropriate examination and certifies competency in four areas required for further study in Data Science: statistical inference, data storage and retrieval, algorithms for data science, and data munging and exploratory data analysis. Enrolled students may not receive credit by examination when the same course has previously been failed.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

These are required, at minimum:

  1. Documentation of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0, or documentation of a bachelor’s degree and record of successful achievement at an accredited college or university that uses narrative evaluations rather than grades.
  2. Successful completion of a course in Linear Algebra; and
  3. Successful completion of a course in programming, or proof of programming proficiency.

For details regarding New College of Florida’s Master in Data Science program, email Materials to be mailed, such as letters of recommendation, should be sent to this address:

Master’s in Science in Data Science Program
c/o Nikita Bagley
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road, HNS E159
Sarasota FL 34243-2197

FAQ's for the Master's in Science in Data Science program

The program requires 36 credit hours, on this schedule for all students in the program:

  • Year One, first semester — Four courses, three credit hours each = 12 credit hours
  • Year One, second semester — Four courses, three credit hours each = 12 credit hours
  • Year Two, third semester — Three courses, three credit hours each = 9 credit hours
  • Year Two, fourth semester — One course (paid internship) = 3 credit hours

No, but you are welcome to submit these for consideration if you so wish.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The process is selective, and will include consideration of the following:

  1. Graduate Application for the Master’s in Science in Data Science program
  2. Recent employment and/or academic experience (including fellowships, internships, research positions)
  3. Academic record (all post-secondary transcripts), with documentation of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university (or the foreign equivalent, as determined by a NACES-member transcript evaluation service)
  4. Letters of recommendation
  5. GRE, GRE Subject, or GMAT scores (if provided)
  6. Students with academic records from non-U.S. colleges or universities should arrange for professional evaluation (course-by-course with grade and credit equivalents, and grade point average), and translation, if necessary, of their transcripts by a NACES-member service.
  7. Students who are not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Resident Aliens, and whose first language is not English, must provide proof of English proficiency. Typically, recent scores (within the past two years) will be required, as follows:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): score of 83 or better on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): score of 6.5 or better; or
    2. Recent records (e.g., of the past two years) of successful academic or TOEFL IbT, or
    3. 560 on the Paper-Based TOEFL; or professional work in a setting where English is the primary language in use may be considered as a substitute for the testing requirement.

Yes, if you seek to enroll on the F-1 visa, please take any possible international mail delays into consideration, and plan ahead to ensure we receive all of your materials by May 1 for review. If we are able to consider materials after May 1, please include your financial statement and ensure we receive all application file materials no later than July 1.

Yes – if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, or other eligible noncitizen, please use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at

Federal financial aid for graduate students at New College may be available only in the form of the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Unsubsidized and Direct PLUS Loans).

The 2017-2018 FAFSA (for the 2017-2018 academic year) is available.

The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Purposes can be found here.