Who Should Apply?
Duke's Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science program is open to all individuals who demonstrate a passion for data analysis, a mastery of analytical reasoning, an aptitude for learning quantitative and technical skills, and compelling academic or professional achievement.
We welcome applicants of any age and background, including (but not limited to) recent college graduates with quantitative majors, database engineers who have been in the IT field for years, government professionals who want to integrate data science into federal or local offices, and journalists who want to incorporate data mining into their investigative skills.
Due to our comprehensive approach, our application process requires applicants with primarily quantitative backgrounds to demonstrate their commitment to excelling in the problem-solving, communication, and team-building aspects of data science. Likewise, applicants without quantitative backgrounds are asked to demonstrate their commitment to learning quantitative concepts and skills quickly through mechanisms like online classes or recommendations from colleagues with strong quantitative track records.
We provide resources for students to review and learn critical concepts and skills before beginning the core courses so that all students can begin the core courses on a level playing ground.
Required Documents and Information
- Letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose
- GRE scores (GRE is optional for 2022)
- English language proficiency test scores (if English is not your first language)
- MIDS is committed to the idea that data science is most successful when it is done in interdisciplinary teams. As part of your online application, you must upload a one-page, single spaced, essay on leadership and teamwork below. The essay should address:
(i) your most significant leadership experiences
(ii) conflicts and disagreements on teams you have been on either as a leader or team member, and how you helped resolve them.
- Please prepare a 2-minute video in which you describe the problem you are most excited to solve using data science.
Ready to apply?
Start with Duke's Graduate application instructions, which will guide you through all the requirements.