Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply for the Data Science programs?
Anyone with the will to start or advance their career in the field of Data Science, those who wish to change their career path to Data Science.
What are eligibility requirements for the Data Science program?
An effective applicant for our Master of science in Data Science program and Certificate in Data Science program have a bachelor degree in either Computer Science, Mathematics/Statistics, Business Analytics or any related disciplines. Knowing introductory computer programming language is an advantage ( i.e. Python, R, Java, C++ etc.)
What if I am not a computer science or math major? Can I still apply?
Yes, you can apply still. You might need to take some foundational courses to gain the requisite skills necessary to be comfortable in upper level courses.
Are international students eligible to apply to the Data Science programs?
Yes, our Data Science program welcomes International students. Kindly check here for further information
What are the minimum GRE, GPA and/or TOEFL/IELTS scores required for admission?
We don’t have any minimum requirements for GRE, GPA and TOEFL. We consider what applicants are bringing to the program as a whole. However, we have the following recommended scores:
- GRE (Michigan Tech students are exempt): Recommended 153 Quantitative, 148 Verbal and 3.0 or higher Analytical Writing.
- GPA of 3.4 or better on a 4.0 scale.
- TOEFL: Recommended Score of 100 iBT.
- IELTS: Recommended Overall Band Score of 7.0.
Is work experience required?
Though most of our students have work experience, it is not required.
Do you have a Spring admissions cycle?
Yes, we accept students for both Spring and Fall. We have rolling admission.
If I am denied admission, can I apply again?
Yes, you can apply again by submitting a new application and supporting material again.
If I am admitted, can I defer admission?
You can defer your admission for a period of one academic year.
What is the application deadline?
We don't have any application deadline as we have rolling admission. However, we recommend applying a semester in advance. Fall starts are encouraged.
What are the application requirements for the Data Sciences programs?
For further information visit our graduate school admissions page.
- Bachelor degree from an accredited school
- GRE and TOEFL/IELTS (For those whose first language is not English) score report
- Statement of Purpose (2 separate questions)
- Three Letter of Recommendations
- Official transcripts from universities attended
Is it possible to waive the GRE requirement?
Only Michigan Tech students are exempt from GRE requirements. Others must submit their GRE scores.
Can I substitute the GMAT for the GRE scores?
Yes, we will convert the GMAT score to a standardized GRE score.
Can I waive the TOEFL or IELTS scores?
All International students must submit either TOEFL or IELTS score.
What is the Michigan Technological University institution code for the GRE and TOEFL?
Official ETS (GRE & TOEFL) test scores can be sent directly to Michigan Tech using our School Code: 1464.
Where do I mail my official transcripts?
Students are required to upload copies of their previous college/university transcripts for the initial application review process. Students must provide official transcripts and proof of degree(s) to complete their enrollment if accepted. If accepted, please bring your official documents to the Graduate School upon arrival to Michigan Tech.
How can I check the status of my application?
You can check all the details related to your application on your MyMichiganTech under prospective student tab.
When will I receive a decision?
After we receive your application and all your supporting documents, it might take about 3 to 4 weeks to get your admission decision.
Tuition and Financial Aid
What are the tuition costs
The Michigan Tech Graduate School has one tuition rate—international students do not pay an “out-of-state” rate. Academic year tuition and fees are provided on our Cost of Education website.
Is financial aid available?
The Data Science Graduate Program is a course-based only format. Therefore, very few graduate assistantships are available. The majority of graduate students at Michigan Tech are self-funded.
Are there Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant positions available for Data Science students?
There may be opportunities for assistantships with research faculty. However, students will have to pursue these positions by directly contacting professors. There are no guaranteed positions for incoming graduate students.
Program and Curriculum
Is the program STEM accredited?
Yes, the Data Science program is STEM accredited.
How long is the program?
The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. Any full time student in our program can complete it between 16 - 24 months.
What is the general class size?
Basically, the class size depends on the course taken by the student. Our Data Science program offers numerous electives; the general class size varies based on the individual course.
Will courses be offered online?
No, we currently do not offer complete online program. Nine credit hours per semester is considered a full-time course load for graduate students. However, there are a few courses which are provided online across the campus. These electives can be taken to satisfy the Data Science degree after getting approval from their advisors
What programming languages are preferred?
The preferred programming languages here for Data Science students are R, SAS, Python and Java. But it may vary depending upon the courses you take.
Will CPT or OPT be offered for the Master of Science program to international students?
May I transfer credits from my current school towards the Data Science program at Michigan Tech?
A limited number of transfer credits can be applied to the Data Science program. See the Graduate School website for more details.