University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Science

MS in Data Science: FAQs


Q: Do I need TOEFL or IELTS scores if I am enrolled in a M.S. program in the US or other English-speaking country?

A: Yes. This requirement is only waived for English native speakers and for students who earned their undergraduate degree in a university where instruction is officially in English.


Q: If my TOEFL score, GRE score or GPA is below the minimum specified in your page, do I have a chance of being admitted?

A: Yes, if the other parts of your application are particularly strong. The committee will look at your application as a whole.


Q: Is the verbal part of the GRE important?

A: Yes, all parts of the GRE are important.


Q: Is the GRE test required?

A: No, we do not require a GRE score however, we do recommend taking the test and proving your scores.


MS Program

Q: Is your program STEM certified?

A: Yes.

Q: How will I know if I need the summer bridging course?

A: Your offer letter will state whether or not you need to take the summer bridging course. This requirement is based on previous coursework, employment, and grades.


Q: Is the summer bridging course an introductory level computer science class?

A: No, it is an intermediate level course. If you do not have introductory level programming knowledge, additional summer courses may be required for entry into the program.


Q: What if I can’t start in the summer in order to take the bridging course?

A: If for some reason, you are unable to make it to the University of Rochester during the summer semester and your offer was contingent upon completion of the summer course, the Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to rescind your acceptance.


Q: Can I take longer than 1 year to complete the program?

A: In rare circumstances, we allow a student to take the program with part-time status. The program is designed to be co-hort based so all full-time students must complete the program in 2 semesters (1 academic year).


Q: Can I take the program at night or online?

A: Courses for this program are only offered during the day and all require in-person attendance.


Q: Do you offer any teaching assistant opportunities?

A: Not at this time.


Q: I am an international applicant, and after completing the M.S. degree I want to get a job in the US. Are jobs more restricted for foreign citizens?

A: It depends on the area. Some companies and National Laboratories do require US citizenship or permanent residency (green card), or have limited offers for foreign citizens.


Q: What is the typical cost of the M.S. program?

A: The amount of tuition for the M.S. program will vary depending on whether a partial tuition waiver is offered within the acceptance letter. The following links provide general information on the cost of tuition and living expenses.


Q: Do you offer scholarships?

A: Yes, at this time we are offering scholarships to qualified candidates.

Q: What is the difference between the MS in Data Science and the MS in Business Analytics?

A: The MS in Data Science is a program in the College of Arts, Sciences, & Engineering at the University of Rochester with a heavy computational focus. The MS in Data Science is housed by the Goergen Institute for Data Science; the information on this page pertains to the MS in Data Science. The MS in Business Analytics is a program at the University of Rochester's Simon Business School. For more information, visit