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Ramapo College Office of Graduate Admissions

McBride House 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

Phone: (201) 684-7270
Text: (201) 800-6057
Fax: (201) 684-7964

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the MSDS Program. Still don’t see the answer to your question? Email us at

How many credits is the MSDS program?

30 credits

How long does the MSDS program take to complete?

The MSDS program takes 1.5 – 2 years to complete, full time.

Can I attend part time?

Yes, students can enroll in the program part time.

Can International students apply to the MSDS program?

MSDS has received approval to accept international students on an F-1 visa category from the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, F-1 nonimmigrant students graduating with an MS in Data Science are eligible for the DHS’s STEM OPT program. Please contact Rajesh Adhikari, Office of International Student and Scholar Services at to discuss any immigration issues and concerns.

What is the class delivery format?

MSDS classes are delivered as a combination of online, hybrid, and evening in-seat format.

When are MSDS classes offered?

MSDS classes are held on weeknight evenings to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Do I need to have a Computer Science or Informational Technology background to apply?

No, however students who do not have previous coursework in computer programming, statistics, and linear algebra may be recommended to complete transitional coursework prior to enrollment.  Applicants will be advised of this recommendation after their applications have been reviewed, and should not hesitate to apply if they do not yet meet the previous coursework requirements.

What is the minimum GPA required?

The minimum GPA required is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Are GRE or GMAT scores required?

No, Applications are evaluated based on work experience, undergraduate GPA, and recommendation letters.

How much is the MSDS?

Our current Fall ‘20 – Spring ‘21 tuition rate is $1,187 per credit. The total approximate cost of the MSDS program is $35,610. For more information, visit:

Is there graduate financial aid available?

Yes, graduate financial aid is available through the FAFSA. Graduate students typically qualify for up to $20,500 per year in loans. For more information, visit: