Master of Data Science for Public Policy

Admissions for MDS

Admissions requirements

To be eligible to join the Master of Data Science for Public Policy, you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  1. a Bachelor’s degree
    Either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with 180 ETS credits from an accredited college or university
  2. English language proficiency: strong command of the English language
    Strong command of the English language as established by completion of an undergraduate or other university-level degree at an English language institution or by attaining a score of 100 on the TOEFL and an IELTS writing score of 7 or above.

If you do not yet have your undergraduate degree at the time of application, please indicate when you will receive it on the online application form. You must complete all of your undergraduate academic course work and exams before 1 September 2021 in order to matriculate.

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To increase your chances of a scholarship or financial aid, you are encouraged to apply by 1 February. Applications are accepted until 1 May.

Selection criteria

All applications are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence
    Strength of academic background, academic performance - grades/transcripts, general academic qualification, linguistic qualification.
  • Quantitative and technical ability
    Understanding of statistics, mathematics and/or programming, as proven through a relevant degree, coursework or extracurricular activities (e.g. competitions in programming, hackathons, personal data-related projects and research).
  • Personal suitability and motivation
    CV, professional experience, entrepreneurship, international experience, civic engagement.