Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions about the Masters of Data Science at the University of Missouri:


What are admission requirements?
We require three letters of recommendation, letter of intent and a copy of their transcript.
Does this program qualify for financial aid?
Financial Aid is determined through the Student Financial Aid Office. Please contact them directly for all applicable programs available to you. Three out of four MU graduate stutends receive some form of finanical aid.

What are the deadlines for admission?

Early Notification Deadline is February 28th.  However we will staill take application until all spots are filled or we reach the July 15.
Can I change interest areas after I’m accepted?
Yes, you are not locked into an interest area when you are accepted.

Program Information

What is the MU Informatics Institute?
The Masters of Data Science is houses in the MU Informatics Institute (MUII).   MUII serves as nexus of interdisciplinary collaborations bridging numerous MU colleges and schools, including the College of Engineering, the School of Medicine, School of Journalism, and School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.  The program has trained many Informatics Ph.D since its inception, and also serves as the parent of the MU DSA MS program.
How does learning actually work?
  • Students are actively engaged as a cohort with instructors. 
  • Courses integrate JupyterHub with Canvas GitHub
  • All Code is by example, so you are never left to figure it out yourself. 
  • Many interesting data sets, and an open door to bring your own.
How are you going to squeeze 34 credits into two years?
  • Courses are staggered in 8 week chunks over the semester, so you are never in more than two courses at a time.
  • The courses are designed to work together. So, what you learn in one course is built on in the next.
  • Having a cohort based program gives students peer support during the program period, which is demonstrated to lower stress and increase learning.
What kinds of technology does a student need to own?
  • The main requirement is a good internet connection.
  • Most of the software used in the program is hosted at the University of Missouri.

Executive Session

When is the executive session on campus?

The executive session on campus will be held in Mid-April each year.

Is attendance at the executive session on campus required?
Yes, it is a required one week on campus training per year.
When do we need to arrive?
Students must arrive at the hotel but Sunday afternoon to participate in a meet and greet that evening.
Where does executive week take place?
Executive week is held on the University of Missouri’s Columbia Campus.
Are accommodations and meals provided?
Accommodations and meals are provided during the executive sessions.
Are students responsible for their own travel expenses?
Students are responsible for traveling to Columbia, Missouri on their own accord.
Will students have free time?

Minimal free time is provided as the days are packed with seminars and activities. If a student wishes to say for a longer visit they will be responsible for their own expenses.

Can my dietary needs be accommodated?
Program staff will do their best to accommodate dietary concerns, however please notify in advance of any special requirements.
What will an average day be like?
Each day students have a power packed day of instructions, data labs team activities and presentations.  The evenings are filled with casual dinners, breakout sessions and a final formal evening.

Four Ways to Contact the DSA Program

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Call Us

Call the Program Office at 573-882-6077 to reach a staff member or to leave a message for followup.

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