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

The application review process begins each year on June 1. Additional applications will be reviewed on the first of every month until the master’s program 30-person cohort is filled. (There is no enrollment cap for the certificate program.) All applications, including all supporting materials, to the master’s and certificate programs are due Aug. 20, 2017.

Apply as a degree-seeking student through the OSU Graduate School’s online application form. The nonrefundable application fee is $75.

Application requirements for both the MS and Graduate Certificate Programs in Data Analytics:

  • 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 cover 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)?
    • What do you hope to get out of this program?
    • Describe a time you experienced conflict and how you approached/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


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