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M.S. in Data Science Admissions Information/Requirements


  • An undergraduate degree in a field emphasizing quantitative skills is expected, such as a degree in computer science, information science, engineering, math, physical science, health science, business, economics, psychology, social science or urban and city planning.
  • Knowledge of discrete math, probability and statistics, including permutations, combinations, descriptive statistics, and basic probabilities concepts.
  • Basic programming knowledge and a familiarity with Python programming is expected. This knowledge can be acquired via completion of CISC 5380 Programming with Python

Admitted students who seek to bypass CISC 5380 Programming with Python must take a placement examination, which is administered by the department prior to the beginning of each entry term. The exam covers fundamentals of Python programming language. Students who earn a grade lower than a B are required to enroll in CISC 5380 in their first semester of study. This bridge course can be taken concurrently with courses that fulfill degree requirements.

Tuition Rate for Professional Master's Programs

Please visit the GSAS Tuition and Fees page to view the tuition rate for the Computer and Information Science programs.

Application Deadlines 

For information see Application Deadlines.

Conditional Acceptances

There are no conditional acceptances, only changes to degree requirements such as added coursework taken while students are in the program. 

Guidelines and Information

Completed applications will include each of the following items:

Official degree transcripts confirming prior degree conferral should be ordered at least one month prior to the application deadline. Please ensure that they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions ( via secure electronic delivery. If electronic delivery is not available, please request that your transcripts be submitted directly via post, in a sealed envelope, to: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of Admissions, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458. Please note: you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your application while the Office of Admissions awaits receipt of your official transcripts. Please ensure that all official transcripts from previously attended post-secondary institutions are submitted in English, or are accompanied by a certified English translation. Transcripts and credentials conversion information is available on the GSAS International Students page.

Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized testing, GRE scores are optional for the M.S. program for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.  Applicants who wish to submit GRE scores may do so, but scores are not required (scores should be sent directly by the testing service to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – Code #2259).

Resume/CV: (submit via the online application)

Statement of intent: (up to 500 words, submitted electronically, via the online application)

Three letters of recommendation: (submitted directly by referees via the online application)

English Proficiency

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete and submit to GSAS prior to matriculation their official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). GSAS will also consider a student’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—Cambridge English Proficiency Level language testing results and the Duolingo English Test (DET) as an assessment of your English competency. 

Official TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores should be sent directly by the testing service to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – code #2259. Please consult the English Proficiency web page for additional information. 

Minimum score requirements for most programs:*

Exam Score
IELTS 7.0 band score
DET 120

*The M.S. in Data Science and M.S. in Cybersecurity programs will consider applicants with the following scores:

TOEFL minimum 85
IELTS minimum 6.5 band score
DET 100

Please consult the English Proficiency page for additional information.

*Applicants with TOEFL scores below 85 may still apply.