This page has all of the details on applying for the Engineering Science MS: focus in Data Science program, including admissions requirements, deadlines and the materials needed.

Entrance Requirements

Some prior knowledge of mathematics, statistics and computing (commensurate with that from an engineering/natural science/math undergraduate program) is required.

Undergraduate Grade Point Average:

Equivalent of a B average or better in a recognized undergraduate program; GRE: 300+ (waived for recent UB undergraduate students)


Calculus, Multivariate Calculus, Linear Algebra (e.g., UB course MTH 309)


Basic Statistics and Probability

Computer Science

Programming (at least one language - C/C++/Python/Java), Data Structures (e.g., UB course CSE 113)

Admissions Requirements

  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (temporarily waived for Spring and Fall 2021)
  • Resume
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for international applicants only)
    • TOEFL (IBT): minimum score 79
    • TOEFL (PBT): minimum score 550
    • IELTS: minimum score 6.5 (with no sub-score below 6.0)
    • PTE Academic: minimum score 55 (with no subsection score below 50)
    • Scores must be less than 2 years old

Application Materials

Detailed information on what to include in your online application packet is outlined below.

Please do not mail application materials.

Application Form

All items should be submitted electronically with your online application. Please login to the UB application system frequently to ensure that all of their supporting documents have been received. Login information below.

Application Fee ($85)

A nonrefundable fee of $85 is required to apply to the PhD program. You may pay the application fee online with a credit card or e-check.

College Transcripts

Copies of transcript(s) for all post-secondary schoolwork must be uploaded with the online application for initial review. Upon an offer of admission, accepted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts and proof of degree(s).

Letters of Recommendation (2)

Two letters of recommendation are to be requested through the online application by providing the names and e-mail addresses of recommenders. While we will accept letters from professional sources, we strongly prefer letters from professors who are acquainted with your academic interests, achievements, and abilities.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

An account of your education and experience that describes your qualifications for the program. 

GRE Scores (Temporarily waived for Spring and Fall 2021/22)

To be considered for financial aid, you must have at least a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 on the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We typically place more emphasis on the quantitative section, looking for candidates that score in the 80th percentile or above.

It is university policy that all PhD applicants provide GRE scores. Arrangements to take the exam can be made through the Educational Testing Service.

Note: the University at Buffalo Institutional Code is 2925.

English Proficiency Scores (for international students only)

International applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency via the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). All applicants whose native language is not English will be required to provide proof of English proficiency. Please use Institution Code 2925 to provide your scores to us.

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Application Deadlines

Spring enrollment: 
Apply by October 1 

Fall enrollment: 
Apply by February 15

We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, but encourage all prospective students to submit their applications by the deadlines noted above.

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences is temporarily suspending the GRE requirement for admission to our masters and PHD programs for the 2021 and 2022 entry terms.

Admissions Questions?