Master of Applied Data Science

University of Michigan

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The total cost of the 34-credit degree program is approximately $35,870 (about $1,055 per credit hour) for in-state students and approximately $47,838 (about $1,407 per credit hour) for out-of-state students, based on this year's estimated rates before fees.

Tuition is set by the U-M Office of the Registrar. Each year near the beginning of the fall term, updated tuition and fees are posted on the Registrar's website.

Unlike most online degree programs, the Master of Applied Data Science offers the opportunity for scholarships ($1,000-$5,000) in addition to other types of financial aid. All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships that will cover partial tuition.

*Please note: All final tuition rates (including annual increases) are approved by the University of Michigan Board of Regents every June, so these figures are solely for estimating purposes.

Pay As You Go

We offer several payment options, and fortunately you won’t be billed upfront for the whole degree. You may pay per term for all the classes you take that term, opt into a monthly payment plan, or pay each time you register for a course. If something comes up due to work, family, or other life commitments, and you need to take one or more months (sessions) or even an entire term off, you won’t be charged.

Financial Aid

Unlike most online degree programs, the Master of Applied Data Science offers the opportunity for limited scholarships in addition to other types of financial aid.

The information you provide on your application will be used to help determine eligibility for those scholarships. We expect more than half of our online students to receive some financial support.

Financial Resources

To learn more about financing your degree visit the Degrees Financial Resources Hub. This resource includes information for both U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and for applicants located outside of the United States.

Tuition Reimbursement

Students are also encouraged to seek tuition reimbursement through their employer. We recommend that you speak with your manager or HR department to see what’s available to you as an employee.

Student Loan Options for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Students have access to non-need-based loan funding to cover expenses associated with their degree. A student's total financial aid (scholarships, fellowships, and all education loans) cannot exceed the financial aid budget for the academic year.

The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program is available to all U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who meet basic federal requirements (i.e. a student has never defaulted on a Federal loan, is not currently involved in filing bankruptcy, is registered for Selective Service etc). Students can choose to borrow either Federal Direct Graduate PLUS or private student loan funds to supplement the Unsubsidized Loan annual maximum of $20,500. Students should research private education loan lenders to determine which option is best for their individual situation.

 Federal Direct Unsubsidized LoansFederal Direct Graduate PLUS LoansPrivate Loans
Credit RequirementsNone, but student must meet eligibility requirements as determined by the FAFSAGood credit history or no credit history (no delinquent accounts or bankruptcy on credit report)Lenders may require students to have a particular credit score to be approved without a co-borrower.
Interest Rate6.0% fixed*7.0% fixed*Fixed or variable, based on either the Prime Rate or LIBOR
Origination Fee1.066%4.264%Varies
Annual Maximum$20,500Financial aid budget minus all other financial aidFinancial aid budget minus all other financial aid
Grace Period6 months6 months6 to 9 months
Repayment Period10 to 25 years. Several repayment plans available10 to 25 years. Several repayment plans available10 to 25 years, depending on the lender
Income-Driven Repayment OptionsYesYesNo
Possible Loan Forgiveness or CancellationYesYesNo

To apply for federal student loans, complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

*Read more about Federal Direct Loans at the Department of Education website. To qualify for federal student loans a student must be enrolled in at least 4.5 credits per semester.

Your total financial aid (scholarships, fellowships, and all education loans) cannot be more than the estimated expenses plus tuition and fees.

Application Information

The next application deadlines are:

  • Applications Open: July 16, 2024
  • Final Deadline: November 15, 2024

Have questions? Attend an upcoming Information Session or email

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We encourage you to investigate whether this degree meets your academic and/or professional needs before applying.

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