Data Analytics

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Master of Science (M.S.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Administered jointly through the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, the Master of Science in Data Analytics aims to address the growing demand for professionals skilled in big data and data analytics in government, industry and research organizations.

Through courses led by top faculty members at the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the School of Business, this program is conducted in small cohorts and covers topics in computer science, business analytics and systems engineering while focusing on the foundations of analytics from a technical engineering perspective.

Students choose from two tracks: Computer Science or Engineering Management & Systems Engineering. 

Students in the program should expect the following program outcomes: 

  • Apply data science and analytics techniques in the decision-making process of a wide range of organizations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to store, clean and transform data.
  • Demonstrate improvements in the decision-making process by using and applying analytics techniques to interpret results 
  • Design and implement computing infrastructure and algorithmic techniques for big data analytics.
  • Explore the engineering foundations that propel the fields of data science and analytics.
  • Gain hands-on experience with analytical tools for big data.
  • Pursue or enhance careers as data analysts or data scientists.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

The deadline to apply for the fall semester is January 15. This program only admits applicants for fall semester start. 

Standardized test scores:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants (Institution code 5246). 

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.  Minimum scores:

·         Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; 

·         TOEFL: applicants must have 600 on paper-based; or 100 on Internet-based; or

·         PTE Academic: applicants a score of 68.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations required for M.S. applicants.  If possible, one recommendation should be from your advisor at the institution from which you earned your highest degree.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a copy in the original language and an English language translation must be uploaded. Transcript evaluations should not be uploaded. Applicants with degrees from Indian universities should upload transcripts and/or detailed marksheets.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University; describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned. 

Additional requirements:

Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of coursework; two courses in mathematics beyond pre-calculus; one year of science with laboratory; courses in computer science using a structured language, discrete structures, data structures, and computer architecture.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the SEAS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact for questions:
[email protected] - 202.994.1802 - 202.994.1651 (fax)
9:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday