Data Science Program

Application Requirements and Deadlines

You have a few options when you apply to Truman’s Data Science Program.

Graduate Certificate PLUS Master’s Degree

An important decision you will want to make initially is whether you wish to earn the Graduate Certificate in Data Science before earning the master’s degree.  The advantage to this is you can show an employer a credential while you are still on the way to the final degree.  To do this, you will need to apply to the Graduate Certificate first.  As you are entering your final term of the Graduate Certificate, you will then apply to begin the master’s degree.  Upon the awarding of the certificate, you will begin completing the remainder of your courses for the master’s degree.

Master’s Degree OR Graduate Certificate

If you wish to earn only the master’s degree, you should apply directly to the master’s degree as you begin. Likewise, if you wish to earn only the graduate certificate, apply directly to the certificate program.

If you have any questions about this sequencing, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 660-785-5384.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to Truman’s Data Science Program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must complete an application for Graduate Studies.
  • Students must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution (or its international equivalent).
  • Students must have at least a 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA or demonstrate sufficient professional experience to prepare them for the proposed field of study.
  • Students must complete the equivalent of STAT 190-Basic Statistics and CS 170-Introduction to Computer Science I before enrolling in any courses in the program.
  • Students with workplace knowledge of statistics or programming may request a waiver of the prerequisite from the Program Director.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit a copy of undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts to demonstrate sufficient preparation at the time of application. Students may not enroll beyond their second course without providing an official transcript. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • Assessment and enforcement of student qualifications shall be at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics or his/her designate.
  • The language of instruction at Truman State University is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must submit language proficiency scores. (Minimums: TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Truman State’s institutional code for the TOEFL examination is 6483.)
  • Regrettably, we are unable to consider applications for fully-online programs by individuals who reside outside of the United States and its territories at this time.  International applicants are still encouraged to consider our face-to-face programs located on campus in Kirksville, Missouri.

How to Complete Your Application

Master’s Degree

  • To apply exclusively to the Master of Science in Data Science and Analytic Storytelling, use the Application for Graduate Studies.
  • A $40 application fee is required for the master’s degree.

Graduate Certificate

  • Graduate Certificate students will be applying as Non-Degree Seeking students, but will use the same application tool as master’s students. The $40 application fee for graduate studies is waived for non-degree seeking applications.
  • When prompted on the form, select the Graduate Certificate in Data Science

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Institutional Compliance Office
Violette Hall 1308
100 E. Normal
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4354

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Office of Student Access and Disability Services
Pickler Memorial Library 109A
100 E. Normal
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4011

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Title IX Coordinator
Truman State Unviersity
Violette Hall 1308
100 E. Normal Street
Kirksville, Missouri 63501
Telephone: (660) 785-4354

To request the application in another form, please contact Truman’s Office of Student Access and Disability Services.

Data Science Program
c/o Department of Statistics
Truman State University
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4251