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Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

Cost of Attendance

Fees for 2024 – 2025:

Tuition (per credit hour) | $2,349.00

Full Year Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Summer 2025
Student Health Insurance $4,169.00 $2,085.00 $2,084.00  TBD
Student Transcript Fee $100.00 (one time charge)
Student Services Fee $324.00 $324.00 $110.00
Student Health Fee $422.00 $422.00 $124.00
A single 12 credit semester would cost 12 tuition credit hours ($28,188) plus insurance & fees.


The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute offers a few scholarships ranging from 25%-100% of tuition to our top incoming students each year. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must apply by the January 3rd deadline.

Vanderbilt’s M.S. in Data Science is proud to have a program that is nearly 50% women and 50% men. To achieve this goal, we partnered with the Women of Technology in Tennessee (WiTT) to offer a scholarship to one high achieving woman applicant. Vanderbilt will offer a 100% tuition scholarship for a female WiTT member who is admitted to the MS program. This is our only scholarship that requires a separate application, so if you are interested in being considered, please don’t forget to indicate that on your application and apply separately through WiTT.

WiTT is an organization that promotes women in technology through education, scholarships, community outreach and networking. Having a strong network of like-minded women allows WiTT members to find job opportunities, stay current with industry trends, and solve challenges in the workplace. Because our goals are aligned, WiTT is an ideal partner for Vanderbilt’s M.S. in Data Science program. We hope to continue promoting gender parity in STEM careers and our scholarship with WiTT will help us achieve this goal.

View the story of our first WiTT scholarship winner here.

You can find detailed instructions on how to apply for this scholarship on the WiTT scholarship website:

Application Deadline for Fall 2025 Admission: January 3rd, 2025



Vanderbilt Army ROTC will provide 100% of tuition coverage for applicants.

View Army ROTC Scholarship details here.

Mr. John Bautch is the Scholarship & Enrollment Officer/Recruiting Operations Officer for Vanderbilt University AROTC. Contact him directly for more information on this scholarship opportunity. He can be reached by phone at (615) 343-7616 office, (615) 389-3247 cell or by email at

Application Deadline for Fall 2025 Admission: January 3rd, 2025

Financial Aid

Master’s students who are U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens are eligible for federal financial aid. Find out more on the Graduate School Financial Aid page. Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA)

International students do not qualify for federally funded loan programs unless they are permanent residents of the United States. International students are eligible to apply for a private alternative source of funding, but must have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-borrower.

Prodigy Finance offers loan options to international students pursuing an MS in data science, and does not require a U.S. co-borrower.

If you are Active Duty Military or a Veteran, please refer to the Registrar for more information on using your VA benefits.

*You must be a US Citizen to apply. 

Student Employment

The program does not offer graduate assistantships with admission. Students may find part-time employment through the Student Employment office or seek out their own Research Assistant opportunities. Second year students are eligible to apply for Data Science Teaching Assistantships. Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships are paid like a part-time job, and do not offer tuition benefits.