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Admissions

We will accept late applications for Fall 2021 on a space-available basis until July 1st.

Applicant Eligibility

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  2. One semester of calculus
  3. Evidence of programming skills (courses or professional experience)

Candidates with training in multivariable calculus, linear algebra, computer science, advanced programming techniques, calculus-based probability, calculus-based statistical inference, statistical regression techniques are encouraged to apply. Candidates who meet the minimum requirements in math and programming, but have a background in the humanities, arts or bench sciences are also encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated passion to work at the intersection of computer science, statistics and the domain area of their choice. Most students will be encouraged to attend a math and/or programming boot camp prior to the start of the program. Select candidates will be asked to complete an online course to boost background skills.

Application Requirements

Required

  1. Unofficial transcripts
  2. Proof of English Proficiency: If English is not your native language please submit one of the following:
    • TOEFL scores
    • IELTS scores
    • Duolingo test with sub-scores
    • Evidence that you have a degree from an English-speaking U.S. institution of higher education
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation
  4. A Statement of Purpose (3 pages maximum) constructed as follows: One to two pages describing your interest in data science and the field you hope to apply your skills in. One page or less describing your background in, and experience with, programming, computation and data analysis.
  5. Resume/CV: Please upload a resume and/or CV that highlights your programming skills, professional experience, and academic achievements.
  6. GRE, GMAT, or MCAT scores. GRE Waivers will be provided to students who have a 3.25 overall GPA and earned a grade of B or better in a college-level calculus class or in a mathematically-focused quantitative class that requires calculus as a prerequisite (e.g., probability theory, mathematical statistics, econometrics, time-series forecasting). If you have questions about your eligibility for this policy or have difficulty taking the GRE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email the Program Manager for clarification at datascience-grad@vanderbilt.edu.

Statement on GREs: The program and admissions committee recognize the limitations of GRE scores, especially when evaluating diverse and under-represent groups. This is why we use a holistic application review on all applications. We do not have metric cutoffs for admission, and we view GRE scores as merely one aspect of your application. The admission committee believes GRE scores can be helpful in the admission process for some students, and students are never denied admission based solely on the GREs scores. Therefore, we encourage you to apply, no matter your score. However, if taking the GRE presents a hardship (either financial or practical), please contact us to obtain a GRE waiver. If you have questions about our GRE policy, schedule an appointment with the Program Manager to discuss them.

If you have questions about your eligibility or the application requirements, please visit our FAQ page.

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

How to Apply

  1. Navigate to the application via the button below.
  2. Login and create an account. Be sure to use an email that you will have long term access to.
  3. Select Interdisciplinary Programs as the “Area of Study”.
  4. Select Data Science as your “Program”.