This page contains general information for applicants who plan to apply to the Master of Digital Sciences (MDS) degree program.
Further information for international applicants is given on the Graduate Admission for International Students page.
The School of Digital Sciences does not have a formal application deadline, but processes graduate applications on a continuous basis.
However, although we have no formal application deadlines, some classes fill up early. To maximize your chance of securing a seat in your preferred classes, we highly recommend that domestic applicants submit all of their application materials by the following dates (international applicants should refer to the earlier deadlines on the school's Graduate Admission for International Students page):
- April 15 (for summer admission) — part-time admission only (see note below)
- July 1 (for fall admission)
- November 15 (for spring admission)
Most students are admitted for either the spring or fall semester. Since there are not as many classes available in the summer, and the accelerated summer schedule can be very difficult for a new student, we do not allow summer admission for new full-time students. We only admit new full-time students in the spring or fall semester.
Applicants for the Master of Digital Sciences degree are expected to have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale. Applicants with a lower GPA will be considered for conditional admission. The GRE is not required but if taken will be considered in the admission process.
Applicants must submit official transcript(s), current resume, three letters of recommendation, a statement of goals and objectives for pursuing this degree, and (optionally) a statement of plans for electives.
The (required) statement of goals and objectives should explain the applicant's goals and objectives for pursuing this advanced degree. For example, the applicant may want to better prepare for a particular career, to update knowledge in a specific area or to add expertise that will make the applicant more valuable in a current career.
The (optional) statement of plans for electives should explain how the applicant plans to choose the digital sciences related electives to complement the selected concentration and undergraduate major. The applicant should explain how the electives will help to meet the goals and objectives listed in the previous question.
For more information about the application process, see the Graduate Studies web page, which includes information about the admission process. You can also use their submit documents page to submit your resume, recommendation letters, goals statement, etc.
Tuition, Fees, and Payment
For information on tuition, fees, due dates and payment options, see the Bursar's Office web page. Their tuition page includes estimates of tuition, fees, and living expenses for the current academic year.