The Pace University Graduate Admission Committee carefully reviews all applications to the online MS in Data Science using a holistic approach to ensure that admitted students have the requisite background and ability to succeed. We offer three opportunities to start the MS in Data Science per year, in the fall, spring, and summer.

Upcoming Start Date

The next start date is

May 16, 2022

The application deadline is

May 2, 2022

We consider applications on a rolling basis, so you are welcome to apply any time before the posted deadline. You can expect to receive a decision within five to eight business days following receipt of your application and all supporting documents.

Have questions or need help? Call (866) 843-7205 to talk to one of our admission advisors. They are available to discuss the application requirements and walk you through the admission process.

Admission Requirements

Applications to graduate programs at Pace University are carefully reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee utilizing a holistic approach which considers qualitative and quantitative factors to ensure that admitted students have the requisite background and ability to succeed in the program of their choice. Those individuals that the Graduate Admission Committee believe possess the quantitative and qualitative attributes that best align with the program’s academic requirements will be offered admission to the program.

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • Proficiency in calculus and linear algebra, some knowledge of probability and statistics, and experience in programming and databases
    • Students who do not meet the prerequisite level of knowledge for the MS in Data Science program are required to take two online bridge courses before starting the core/foundation curriculum:
      • CS 623 – Database Management Systems
      • CS 632P – Python Programming

Our multifaceted admission process includes an evaluation of academic credentials from all prior colleges and universities attended as well as professional experience, service history, career aspirations, and communication skills. The committee will offer admission to the applicants they believe possess the quantitative and qualitative attributes that best align with the program’s academic requirements.

Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will consider applicants who have earned or will earn a three year bachelor’s from Australia, Canada, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, and European countries that are a part of the Bologna Process eligible for graduate admission to all degrees.

Admission Materials

  • Online application form
  • Resume
    • Your resume should call out your experience in data science, programming, and working with databases.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters should be from professional or academic references who can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate studies of data science.
  • Unofficial or official transcripts from all institutions attended
    • Official transcripts are required upon acceptance. See below for submission instructions.
  • Personal statement
    • Your personal statement should explain to the Graduate Admission Committee in 750 words or fewer why you would like to pursue an MS in Data Science.
    • Additional information regarding your academic and professional experience may be included in the supplement.


Official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance to the data science master’s program. Whenever possible, Pace prefers to receive transcripts electronically. The University participates in several electronic transcripts networks: Credentials, Parchment Exchange, National Student Clearinghouse, and eSCRIP-SAFE. Check with your prior institutions to determine whether they participate in any of these networks.

Transcripts from every accredited college or university you attended or graduated from must be sent directly from the academic institution to Pace University, electronically or by mail. Transcripts may also be forwarded by the applicant in sealed envelopes from the academic institution.

Official transcripts should be sent electronically to or mailed to:

Pace University
Graduate Admission Office
Graduate Application Processing Center
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

International Students

International students must satisfy the proof of English proficiency requirement by submitting TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson PTE scores. The Duolingo English Test may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

See Pace’s Graduate International Admission page for more information and additional requirements.

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