M.S. in Data Science

Application Deadlines and Requirements


  • Completed applications are reviewed for admission as a group, after the published deadline.
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline.

Program Director

  • Dr. Mark Lammers

Location/Delivery Method

  • Main Campus
    (This program is not currently designed for working professionals as it is only offered as a faultier program.)


Semester Deadline
Fall 2022 June 1, 2022
(Rolling admissions will begin on December 15th, 2021 and  Priority consideration given to applications submitted and considered complete by February 15, 2022)


  • One official transcript is required from each U.S. post-secondary institution attended. Refer to the Getting Started page for international transcript instructions.  

Test Scores

  • None


  • 3 recommendations to be submitted through the online application. Recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields required.

Additional Requirements

    1. Baccalaureate degree.  Experience working with data is a plus.
    2. Successful applicants should have completed introduction to statistics, linear algebra and a programming class. Applicants do not have to have completed these courses to be accepted but do need to complete them before classes start.  Many students complete them in the summer before they enroll or online.     

International Applicants

Visa Sponsorship : Newly admitted students requesting visa sponsorship will be contacted by the Office of International Programs (OIP). OIP will collect the proof of financial support and supporting documentation required to issue the immigration documents. Immigration documents are not collected during the admissions process and are not required for application review.

TOEFL or IELTS: The TOEFL or IELTS test is required for all international applicants, unless you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder), English is your native language, or your baccalaureate degree was conferred from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Standardized Test scores are official for two years; after two years they will not be considered acceptable.

The following school codes will help in requesting test scores to be sent to the Graduate School. As long as the correct school code is on your scores, they will be received by UNCW, regardless of department. Do not put a department code on your score.





School Code


Search "Wilmington"

Minimum Score Requirement


6.5 for acceptance,

7.0 for TA consideration


  • Do not send unevaluated foreign transcripts directly to the Graduate School.
  • Credential evaluations are not required for short-term study abroad experiences sponsored and transcripted through a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • All foreign course-by-course transcript evaluations should be requested from a NACES approved credit evaluation service, WES.org evaluation preferred. The course-by-course credit evaluation will determine the institution accreditation, degree, credits and course equivalents earned. The evaluation should be sent directly to the Graduate School.
  • Department of State Agency applicants(i.e.. Fulbright, AMIDEAST, Laspau, or USAID) may upload an unofficial copy of their transcripts in English into the online application. Agencies will submit original transcripts if an offer of acceptance is extended.