We offer two opportunities to apply for the online M.S. in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Data Science Engineering each year: fall and spring.

Next Start Date March 31, 2025
Application Deadline December 1, 2024

We review applications on a rolling basis, so you are welcome to apply any time before the posted deadline. Start your application here.

If you have questions or want help, call (877) 837-8352 to talk to our enrollment consultants. They are available to walk you through the admissions process.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for our program should meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in an engineering discipline, mathematics, computer science or physics
  • A GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate coursework
  • For applicants whose GPA falls slightly below the required threshold, UCLA will also consider other aspects of the application before making an admissions decision.
  • GRE test scores may be waived for applicants who have highly competitive holistic portfolios.
  • TOEFL/IELTS test scores
  • Required for international applicants
  • Proficiencies in computer programming, including Python


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Application Checklist

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Upon applying, please select “Engineering – Online” as the major; thereafter, you will be able to select “Data Science Engineering” as a specialization
  • Application fee
  • $135 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents/$155 all other applicants
  • Application fee waivers are available for applicants who are current or former participants in certain programs or demonstrate financial need. Contact an enrollment consultant for more information.
  • Official copies of transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
  • Electronic delivery: admissions@seas.ucla.edu
  • By mail:
    4732 Boelter Hall Box 951601
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1601
  • Résumé
  • Three professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Up to 500 words focusing on your professional goals and reasons for pursuing a master’s in engineering. Describe any experience from your career in contributing to the field of data science. Discuss your objectives after you receive your master’s degree. Approximately one page, single spaced, using one-inch margins and 12-point font.
  • Personal statement
  • Up to 500 words discussing the personal experiences that brought you to apply for a master’s in engineering. Approximately one page, single spaced, using one-inch margins and 12-point font.
  • GRE general score
  • Submit official scores to UCLA (ETS school code: 4837)
  • TOEFL/IELTS score (international students only)
  • Submit official scores to UCLA (ETS school code: 4837)

Get a more detailed look at international application requirements on our international students page.

Application Fee (nonrefundable)

  • $135 for U.S. and permanent residents
  • $155 for all other applicants

Decision Process

Submitted application materials are reviewed by faculty admissions committees who select qualified applicants. The admissions committee bases recommendations for admission upon a careful comparison of applications, and this may take considerable time.

If we are missing items from your application during the application review process, we will let you know, otherwise, all decisions are sent via email.

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To learn more about the Online Master of Science in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Data Science Engineering, contact an enrollment consultant at (877) 837-8352 or fill out the form below to download a free brochure.

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