Are There Any Online Master's in Data Science Programs That Do Not Require the GRE?

Answer: Yes – there are online Master’s in Data Science programs that do not require the GRE for admission.

There are a number of online Master’s in Data Science programs that do not require applicants to submit test results from the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) for admission. Some programs may consider GRE/GMAT scores as part of the overall admissions process, even if they do not require that applicants submit those scores, and high scores may help students who are weaker in other areas of their application. There are programs that do require the GRE/GMAT for all applicants. Finally, some programs only require standardized testing on a conditional basis, which typically depends on a student’s undergraduate GPA or work experience. For example, some schools allow students with a bachelor’s degree and a minimum GPA (typically, at least a 3.0) or applicants with five or more years of industry experience to waive this requirement.

Breakdown of online Master’s in Data Science Programs by type:

  • No GRE Required: 10
  • GRE Required: 7
  • GRE Required on a Conditional Basis: 4

There is a range of factors in addition to test scores that online Master’s in Data Science programs may take into account when assessing applicants. Some schools prefer a minimum undergraduate GPA of least 2.5, while others require a minimum GPA of 3.0. Schools may also look at relevant professional experience in the field of analytics. It is also not uncommon for programs to either insist on or prefer candidates who have computer programming knowledge, an undergraduate degree in engineering or science, and/or coursework in areas like multivariate calculus, discrete mathematics, and statistics. Because admissions requirements vary by school, prospective applicants should look closely at the requirements for each program they are considering.

GRE Requirements by Online Master’s in Data Science Program

School Testing Requirements Program
Elmhurst College Not required Online Master of Science in Data Science program
George Mason University Not required Online Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering (Data Science)
Georgia Southern University GRE required Online Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) with a Concentration in Data Mining and Data Warehousing
Illinois Institute of Technology Not required (GRE is waived for applicants with a Bachelor's degree and a min. GPA of 3.0) Online Master of Data Science program
Indiana University Bloomington GRE Required (GRE waiver may be possible with 5+ years of relevant work experience) Online Master of Science in Data Science program
Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Not required Online Master of Science in Data Science
Kent State University Not required Online Master of Digital Sciences with a Concentration in Data Science
Lewis University Online Not required Online Master of Science in Data Science program
Oklahoma State University GRE or GMAT required Online Master of Science in Management Information Systems with a Data Science Option
Regis University Not required Online Master of Science in Data Science program
Saint Mary's College GRE or GMAT required Online Master of Science in Data Science program
Southern Methodist University GRE required (may be waived with 5+ years of industry experience or a master's degree); GMAT not accepted DataScience@SMU Online Master of Science in Data Science program
Stevens Institute of Technology GRE or GMAT required Online Master of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics program - Data Science Concentration
University of California, Berkeley GRE or GMAT required datascience@berkeley Online Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program
University of California, Riverside GRE/FE scores not required (unless GPA is lower than 3.0) Online Master of Science in Engineering with a focus in Data Science
University of Colorado Boulder Not required Online Master of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Data Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Not required (but recommended) Online Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) track
The University of Oklahoma GRE required Online Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics program
University of Southern California GRE required (scores must be less than 5 years old) Online Master of Science in Computer Science (Data Science)
University of Wisconsin - Extension Not required Online Master of Science in Data Science (MS-DS) program
Utica College Not required Online Master of Science in Data Science program

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