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Admission Requirements

Master of Data Science (M.D.S.)

The M.D.S. program is governed by the regulations of the College of Graduate Studies, including its standards for admission of students.

Students entering the M.D.S. program will normally have an honours or a bachelor's degree.

This program is intended for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or Statistics; however, all applicants may be considered upon review by the graduate program.

Applicants must provide proof of successful completion of:

  • one 3-credit course in programming (e.g., UBC COSC 111, CPSC 110, APSC 177 or equivalent);
  • one 3-credit course in probability and/or statistics (e.g., UBC STAT 230, STAT 200, STAT 241, STAT 251, STAT 302, BIOL 202, PSYO 373, APSC 254, or equivalent); and,
  • one 3-credit course in calculus (e.g., UBC MATH 100, APSC 172, or equivalent) or one 3-credit course in linear algebra (e.g., UBC MATH 221, APSC 179 or equivalent). Completion of a 3-credit course in each of calculus and linear algebra is recommended.

Applicants from a university outside Canada, at which English is not the primary language of instruction, should see the English Language Proficiency Requirement for the minimum English language proficiency test scores required.

The individual program’s requirements mentioned in the required documentation are the following:

  • A statement of interest describing the applicant’s academic background, future career goals and their interest in data science.
  • A resumé, including links to any relevant software or data science/analytics projects.

Upon admission, applicants will be required to provide a non-refundable deposit that will be applied to their first tuition instalment.


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