Admissions: Data Analytics – Master of Science or Graduate Certificate

Admissions requirements

Qualifications for admissions are determined by both the OSU Graduate School and the program. Visit the OSU Graduate School website to review the minimum admissions requirements.

To be admitted to either of these data analytics programs, you must have successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course at the level of ST 351 or equivalent. You must also have an understanding of study design, probability distributions, and the fundamentals of confidence intervals and hypothesis tests.

The OSU Transfer Course Search tool allows you to look up previous course work in order to find out if your class has been identified as an OSU course equivalent. Ecampus Enrollment Services can also help you navigate this tool to find any information that exists for ST 351.

When can you start?

Both the M.S. in Data Analytics program and the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics program accept new cohorts of students every fall. The master’s program cohort will be capped at 30, and there is no cap for the certificate program.

Visit the academic calendar for information on term length.

How to apply

For the master’s and graduate certificate programs, complete a graduate application using the online application formThe nonrefundable application fee is $75.

The application review process for fall entry to the master's or certificate programs begins each year on June 1. A rolling admissions process will be used, with additional applications reviewed on the first of every subsequent month until the master's program's 30-person cohort is filled. (There is no enrollment cap for the certificate program.)

For entry to either program in fall 2017, the last possible date for submitting an application, which must include all supporting materials, is Aug. 20, 2017.

Application requirements (M.S. and graduate certificate)

  • Transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Cover letter – The following questions should be answered in this letter. There should be no more than one paragraph for each question and the entire length of the letter should be no longer than two pages: 
    • What is your math background and experience?
    • What experience do you have working with data?
    • What experience do you have with computing and programming (software, coding, etc.)?
    • What do you hope to get out of this program?
    • Describe a time you experienced conflict and how you approached and resolved it.
  • For international students: Official TOEFL scores

Note: GRE or GMAT scores are not required for these programs.


If you have any admissions questions, please contact: 

Tony Reyna

Please note: This program is in the process of being approved for financial aid eligibility by the U.S. Department of Education.


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