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Master of Science [M.Sc] (Data Science)

 2 years
 full time
 on campus

$ 54,880 

1st Year

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Program Description

Masters in Data Science at Harvard is offered as a 2-year degree program by the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS). Students are required to take 12 courses that compliment the learning outcomes set by the faculty of Computer Science & Statistics. Thesis option is also available for those interested in gaining relevant research experience.

By the end of the program, graduates will be well versed with processes such as building statistical models, data collection & management, analyzing massive data sets, visualizing data, etc. 

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Master
Duration2 years
Fees$ 90,100 for 2 years
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - Dec 15)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS
Program Url
Average Salary (USD)$80000

Eligibility & Entry Requirement

  • Candidates must have the equivalent bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Student’s GRE test scores are one important part of their application, and they should strive to submit their best possible scores. They review them closely because they have found that to some degree, those with strong scores are best positioned to succeed in graduate study.

Required Document List

  • Online application form, including SEAS Supplemental form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted electronically
  • Transcripts please upload copies of all transcripts to the Academic Background section of the online application; unofficial copies are acceptable. 
  • C.V. or Resume

Application Deadline

Dec 15

Scores Required

100 / 120

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1Year 2
Tuition fees$54880$27440
Health insurance$3700$3700
Other fees$230$230
Total fees$58730$31370

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Apartment housing$ 16,700
Food$ 6,310

Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
Young Professionals Program Variable Yes 31 Jul, 2020
BeArt Presets-Academic Scholarship $2,000 Yes 01 Apr, 2020
AAUW International Fellowships Variable Yes 15 Nov, 2020
Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship $1,000 No 01 Aug, 2020
Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship Variable Yes N/A
KC Mahindra Scholarship $5,542 Yes 31 Mar, 2020
Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program Variable Yes 30 Jan, 2020
QS scholarship Variable Yes N/A
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
SWE Scholarships Variable Yes N/A
The Joint Japan/World Scholarship Program Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
Aga khan Foundation Scholarships Variable Yes 31 Mar, 2020
Young Women in Public Affairs Award $4,000 Yes 01 Aug, 2020
1st Formations Business Scholarship $800 Yes 29 May, 2020
Comindware Scholarship $4,000 Yes N/A
The Kay-Grant Group Scholarship 2020 $1,000 Yes 31 Oct, 2020
FormSwift Scholarship Program $1,000 Yes 15 Mar, 2020
Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020 Variable Yes N/A
TEC Scholarship $1,000 Yes 01 Jun, 2020
Innovation in Education Scholarship - La Tutors 123 $500 Yes 20 Feb, 2020
Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
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VISA & Work Study


Outlines for the Visa application process:

  • When a new international student comes to Harvard University from outside the United States using a visa sponsored by Harvard University. All student visas sponsored by Harvard University require both a visa document issued by the Harvard International Office and a visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate outside the United States. 
  • Canadian citizens only need a visa document and do not need a visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Students can apply for different types of visas such as J-Scholar Visa, H-1B Visa, O-1 Visa, TN Visa, E-3 Visa, B Visa & ESTA.

Work Study

Primary benefit for students who are eligible for FWSP is that their federally-subsidized wages can allow them to pursue a wider range of employment opportunities to fulfill their term-time work expectation, particularly with employers who wouldn't otherwise be able to hire a student worker. Here are some examples of employers for which FWSP-eligible students can work with: 

  • On-Campus Jobs: Students can use FWSP funds for any on-campus position.
  • Off-Campus Jobs: The following off-campus employers qualify for FWSP: 
    • Recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organizations (i.e. shelters, hospitals, youth organizations, etc.)
    • State, local and federal government agencies
    • For-profit organizations whose business activity is related to the student's concentration
    • Positions at religious organizations that do not involve constructing, operating, or maintaining any part of a building used for religious worship or sectarian instruction. For example, students can work at a church that is operating a homeless shelter but can not assist a religious leader in making a space ready for religious service.

Career and Placement after Course

Graduates go on to work across a variety of industry sectors or choose to pursue further studies at leading graduate business or doctoral programs. IACS collaborates with the Harvard Office for Career Services to expose the student to a diverse range of companies through the Data Analytics and Technology Fair (Attended by nearly 100 employers), and individual company tech talks or tech treks.

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