Administered jointly through the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, the Master of Science in Data Analytics aims to address the growing demand for professionals skilled in big data and data analytics in government, industry and research organizations.
Through courses led by top faculty members at the School of Engineering & Applied Science and theSchool of Business, this program is conducted in small cohorts and covers topics in computer science, business analytics, and systems engineering while focusing on the foundations of analytics from a technical engineering perspective.
Students choose from two tracks: Computer Science or Engineering Management & Systems Engineering.
Students in the program should expect to:
- Apply data science and analytics techniques in the decision-making process of a wide range of organizations.
- Demonstrate the ability to store, clean and transform data.
- Demonstrate improvements in the decision-making process by using and applying analytics techniques to interpret results.
- Design and implement computing infrastructure and algorithmic techniques for big data analytics.
- Explore the engineering foundations that propel the fields of data science and analytics.
- Gain hands-on experience with analytical tools for big data.
- Pursue or enhance careers as data analysts or data scientists.
M.S. Admissions Requirements
Applicants must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission into a master's program at SEAS. All materials except test scores must be uploaded to the online application form:
- Scanned copies of unofficial transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned; the program was not completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.
- Please ensure that all transcripts are properly scanned and attached to the online application form. Otherwise, applicants will receive notifications requesting legible transcripts, which may delay review of their application.
- Please do not mail official transcripts unless you are instructed to do so by a SEAS admissions officer. Admissions decisions are based on unofficial transcripts.
- For international applicants, please see additional requirements for attaching foreign transcripts to the online application.
- The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants, except for those applying for a Combined Five-Year Program.
- GRE scores must be sent to institution code 5246 through the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
- There is no minimum score required on the GRE for admission. However, applicants are encouraged to score within the 90th percentile of the Quantitative section of the exam in order to be considered competitive. To see average GRE scores from the most recent incoming class, visit the Graduate Student Profile.
English proficiency exam scores (international applicants)
- International applicants who did not receive a degree from an institution situated in the United States or English-speaking country must also submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic exams.
- Please view the International Admissions section for information on English language exam score requirements and sending scores to GW.
Letters of Recommendation
- A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation are required to be submitted with the online application form. These may be from your academic advisor, professor, and/or employer.
- If you would like to be considered for funding (assistantships, scholarships, etc.), you will need an additional letter of recommendation for a total of three (3) letters with your online application.
Statement of Purpose
- Applicants must include an essay of 250-500 words that clearly states their purpose in undertaking graduate study at the George Washington University; explains their academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discusses related qualifications including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.
- It is strongly encouraged that essays stay within the 500-word limit. While applicants are not penalized for submitting longer essays, concise essays are more effective in demonstrating an applicant's motivation.
- The Statement of Purpose must be written by the applicant. Any essay found to have been written by anyone other than the applicant, or plagiarized from other published materials, will be withdrawn from consideration.
- A current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) should be uploaded with the online application form.
- If you have published articles in peer-reviewed publications, please include them as a hyperlink.
M.S. applicants must also demonstrate the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:
- A bachelor’s degree in engineering, one of the physical sciences, or mathematics with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work.
- A grade of B- or better in Math 1232 or its equivalent.
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