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Admissions for the Ph.D. in Data Science


  • A bachelor’s degree; master’s preferred
  • Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • 70th percentile or higher on each section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • A course in multivariate calculus, linear algebra, statistics or probability theory, and computer programming

Application Deadline

Fall Admission Only: December 15.

How to Apply

Online Application

Complete and submit the IUPUI Graduate Online Application form. Choose Informatics as your Academic Program and Data Science Ph.D. as your Academic Plan.

All documents requested below must be uploaded electronically as PDFs with the online application. Do not mail or email any supporting materials to the School of Informatics and Computing.

The Graduate Admissions Committee will not review applications until the application fee and all required materials are completed and received by the deadline indicated.


Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) listing your education, work experience, research, honors and awards, and mathematical, statistical, computer programming experience. Also include representative publications, grants, and projects, if available.

Personal Statement

Submit a 500-750 word personal statement in your own words indicating

  • Why you’re applying to the Ph.D. in Data Science program
  • Your research interests and goals
  • Your post-graduation career plans
  • Any faculty members you might like to work with on research and why


Submit all transcript(s) and/or academic documents for every institution of higher education you attended. If a transcript is not in English, upload an English translation certified by the college issuing the transcript.

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded with the online application are considered unofficial. Your unofficial transcript will be used for application review and admission. If you are admitted, you must submit your official hard copy transcripts directly to the IUPUI Graduate School after you arrive on campus. If you are currently finishing your bachelor’s degree, you must submit a document that certifies the awarding of the degree.

We do not require transcripts from Indiana University campuses.


Submit three references from academic instructors and/or employers. To submit references, you will enter contact information for each person on your electronic application. The reference will receive a form via email to fill out and submit electronically.


All Ph.D. applicants are required to complete the GRE within the last five years. The IUPUI school code for the GRE is 1325. Enter this code on the exam’s answer sheets.


Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within the last two years if your native language is not English. Use IUPUI school code 1325. Scores of 100 TOEFL or 7.5 IELTS or higher are expected.

This requirement may be waived if you are a citizen of the United States or a country where English is the official language for higher education, are completing your bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States or a country that is predominantly English speaking, or you have successfully completed ELS Level 112 or have placed into G013 or higher on the IUPUI ESL Placement Test.

Application Fee

Pay your application fee of $70 through the online application.