Graduate admissions overview

Admission requirements

Please review the detailed admission requirements and the list of frequently asked questions prior to starting your application.

Application information

All degree applicants must apply online using the Office of Graduate Admissions system and all letter writers must use the online recommendation system. Please visit the Office of Graduate Studiesfor full Graduate School application instructions.

Important dates

There is no spring admission. Applications must be completed and submitted by or before March 1st 11:59 PM CST to be reviewed. 

To ensure your application is processed as efficiently as possible, we strongly recommend that you submit your completed application (and all required materials) at least two weeks before the application deadline.

We will give late applications special consideration if the delay is due to extentuating circumstance outside of the applicant's control, such as a natural disaster or widespread internet outage.  If you find yourself in such a situation, please submit your application as soon as you are able, and notify us at csadmit@umn.edu when you have submitted your application explaining the extenuating circumstances. 

Important information on transcripts and credentials

  • Remember to read the complete instructions for uploading transcripts and credentials before you proceed.
  • If you've received credit from institutions outside of the United States, view additional instructions for international transcripts and credentials before uploading your documents.
  • Your application must indicate each institution of higher learning from which you have earned credit and you must submit transcripts or academic records for each of these institutions. This includes partial or incomplete transcripts.
  • Unofficial transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the application BEFORE you submit it. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. DO NOT submit paper or fax copies of this material. If you have previously enrolled at any University of Minnesota campus, you can obtain electronic copies of your transcripts from One Stop student services.

What happens after I submit my application?

  • Your application will be reviewed by the Data Science Admissions Committee after the application deadline (March 1).
  • You will receive email status updates from the Office of Graduate Admissions at each point in the admission process. 
  • Contact gsquest@umn.edu regarding any inquiries about your GRE or TOEFL scores. Our department does not receive or process these documents.

Institution codes

  • GRE Institution code: 6874
  • GRE Department code: NONE
  • TOEFL Institution code: 6874
  • TOEFL Department code: NONE

Program Admission Statistics

Statistics for applicants can be found on the Graduate School website.