MS in Computational Data Science Application Requirements


Application Deadlines

June 1 International Applicants
July 1 Domestic Applicants


Application Requirements

1.  Application

Complete the Online Application for graduate admission

2.  Application Fee
Domestic Applicants:  $135
International Applicants:  $155

*Fee Waivers are available to qualified domestic applicants only


3.  Transcript
Unofficial transcripts are required for the admission committee to review your application. Upload UNOFFICIAL transcripts of all academic institutions you have attended after high school to your application. Official transcripts will be required when applicants are admitted to the program and subsequently accept the offer.

Applicants who attended an institution located outside the U.S., please visit the Required Academic Records from International Institutions page for detailed document requirements.

4.  Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE is required for admission consideration. Please submit your score to UCR using the GRE codes below.

GRE UCR Code: 4839 GRE Department
GRE Department code:  0402 Computer Sciences

For more information on the GRE, visit ETS.

Please allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus. Please note that the online application status for the GRE is updated automatically as the score is received electronically from ETS. The online application will only show a GRE score as 'received' if it has been successfully transmitted electronically from ETS; this is done automatically at the Graduate Division level. If an applicant has ordered a GRE score to be sent to UCR and it is not yet reflected in the online application, ETS should be contacted to determine if all information entered by the applicant was correct (the score may need to be sent again).

5.  English Language Requirement
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an undergraduate (bachelor's or first-degree equivalent) or advanced degree (master's or doctorate) at an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction must submit passing current exam scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The Graduate Division will not accept the Duolingo English Test. Scores submitted may not be borrowed, photocopied, returned to you, or sent elsewhere.
The TOEFL exam is administered by ETS and offered in nearly every country abroad. This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. We are accepting the TOEFL iBT Special At Home version for the 2024-25 application cycle. However, the TOEFL ITP+ or the TOEFL MyBest™ scores; offered by ETS cannot be accepted. For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, visit ETS.

·    Interned-Based (iBT) - 80
·    Home Version (iBT) - 80
·    Paper-Based test (PBT) - 550

TOEFL UCR code:  4839 TOEFL
Department code:  78 Computer Science

The IELTS exam is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. We accept the IELTS Indicator for the 2022 -23 and 2023-24 application cycles. This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS exam score. Remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test and ask the administrator to send the electronic score to UCR.  For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, visit IELTS.

Minimum IELTS score:  7 overall total score
The minimum score in each individual component must be 6 or above

6.  Letters of Recommendation

Applicants enter their recommenders' information directly into our online application. Recommenders are notified electronically and provided instructions on how to submit a letter online. All letters of recommendation must be received electronically so they are attached to the applicant's file for review.
A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required for admission. At least two of these letters must be from professors in your major subject. If you have a M.S. degree, one letter must be from your M.S. advisor.  The most important aspect of letters of recommendation is that they are completed by individuals who can analyze your academic ability and potential for success in a rigorous graduate program. All letters of recommendation must be in English.

7.  Statement of Purpose, Personal History Statement and Relevant Experience
Applicants must submit these essays directly into their online application. Please note that each essay should not duplicate the other.
The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to state your specific interests with respect to the program to which you are applying. Your intended area of specialization, career objectives, research interests, and experience are of interest.

The Personal History Statement is your opportunity to discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

Please also submit your curriculum vitae/resume and include any relevant experience (publications, research, internships, etc.).



Postal Address

Attn:  M.S. in Computational Data Science Program
Winston Chung Hall, Room 351
University of California
Riverside CA 92521, USA

*Please include your application number and reference Computational Data Science program on the envelope of any documents sent to the department.


CDS Contact Information

Phone: (951) 827-5639
Fax: (951) 827-4643


Graduate Admission Office

Graduate Division
University Office Building
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521, USA
For additional information, please check the Graduate Division website.