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The program targets students who have strong mathematical and statistical proficiency, and some programming experience.  Strong candidates will come from computational or statistical backgrounds, or from application areas but have strong backgrounds in technology and data analysis.

Interested applicants from outside Penn should apply via the School of Engineering’s Graduate Admissions site.


Penn Engineering master’s students interested in transferring to the Data Science Program can apply after the end of their first semester at Penn and will need to complete the Data Science Program application and the SEAS transfer to another master’s program form.

Penn Engineering master’s students  interested in a dual master degree in Data Science will need to complete the Data Science Program application and the SEAS Application for Dual Master’s form. Due to the overlap in programs, dual degree applications with CIS/CIT/SCMP are strongly discouraged.

Applicants interested in the Accelerated Masters should follow these instructions here to access the School of Engineering information regarding the Accelerated Master’s option. Undergraduate students should not apply for the Accelerated Master’s in the Data Science Program until their junior year. Qualified undergraduates from any Penn school, subject to their home school’s rules and regulations, are eligible to apply

For the transfer, dual, and Accelerated Masters please have (1) your latest resume or CV, (2) your academic transcript. You will also be expected to write a short statement of purpose. For Accelerated Masters students, once you have completed the first 2 pages of the Accelerated Master’s Course Planning Form (CPG), email the form to stacilk@seas.upenn.edu for approvals on page 3 before submitting your application materials in college net.

For all applications submitted by June 15th, please expect a response by the end of June.
For all applications submitted by December 15th, please expect a response by the end of December.

The absolute deadline for applying for the Accelerated Master’s is by the course selection deadline of the student’s seventh semester. A student cannot request a dual and transfer in their last semester.