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This degree is designed for candidates who want to take on real-world data challenges and gain a comprehensive understanding of how data is collected, processed, analyzed, visualized, and reported across a variety of industries. Applicants should be proficient with statistics and Python. Students will learn how to apply these skills in ways that help organizations become more effective, strategic, ethical, and successful.
We are interested in applicants with a history of academic and/or professional success, who demonstrate creativity and a commitment to sophisticated problem solving, and who exhibit persistence, leadership, and initiative.
Note: if you have completed a three-year bachelor’s degree, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if this would be recognized as an equivalent degree.
Applications for the Winter 2021 cohort are now closed.
You must submit an application linked through the University of Michigan School of Information website, and include the following with your application:
Our aim is to learn about your personal motivation and skills, and to understand how the program will help you achieve your professional goals.
For more information, see more about the admissions criteria.
The MADS Program requires three short essays to get to know our applicants in more depth. Typically, we inquire about personal background, programming experience, and interest in data science and the UMSI MADS program. Example questions we’ve asked in the past include:
Python and Statistics Proficiency Requirements
After applying to the Master of Applied Data Science program applicants are required to demonstrate their foundational Python fluency (roughly equivalent to UMSI’s Python 3 Programming MOOC) and basic statistics knowledge. Applicants may do this in one of two ways:
1: Take a combined Python and Statistics Assessment
2: Submit a certificate of completion of the Python 3 Programming MOOC and take a Statistics Assessment
We strongly encourage applicants to take the practice assessments hosted in the assessment course shells to understand the foundational level of proficiency in Python and statistics that are necessary to be successful in the program. We also provide links to free or low-cost online courses and resources for those who do not already have the necessary experience in these areas, or those looking to refresh their knowledge.
View sample Python and statistics assessment questions here.
For those applying for Fall 2020, the practice assessments and entrance assessment will be made accessible to you within 7-10 business days of submitting your application. Applicants receive two attempts to pass. Those who submit on or by the priority deadline will have a deadline of April 1st to complete their assessment, and those who submit on or by the final deadline will have a deadline of June 3rd to complete their assessment.
Non-Native English Speaker Assessment
We require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is your non-primary language. A score of at least 100 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is required. Applicants holding a Bachelor's or Master's degree are exempt from taking an English proficiency examination if one or more of the following criteria is met:
If, for example, an applicant completed two years of an undergraduate degree program at a non-English speaking institution and then transferred to an English speaking institution, they do not meet the criteria for exemption. Similarly, being a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking TOEFL. If the applicant’s first language is not English, the applicant must meet the exemption or submit their TOEFL score.
No Additional Tests Required!
We do not require the GRE or any other additional tests as part of our admissions process.
We offer fee waivers for those who qualify.
Our students come from the following undergraduate areas of study:
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We encourage you to investigate whether this degree meets your academic and/or professional needs before applying.