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These are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Online Master of Computer Science and Master of Science in Data Science programs. If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, contact your enrollment advisor and schedule a time to talk that’s convenient for you.

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Admission Requirements

How do I start my WPI application?

When you’re ready, visit this page to start your application. You may also schedule an appointment with an enrollment advisor to talk through the application process and any questions you have.

When can I apply?

WPI offers three intakes per year to accommodate our students’ busy schedules: January, May, and August.

Are these programs available in all states?

Students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands may apply to WPI’s Online Master of Computer Science and Master of Science in Data Science programs.

Is the GRE required?

The GRE is not required for admission, but it is optional to include it in your application to demonstrate program readiness.

What are the admission requirements for the online Master of Science in Data Science program?
  • 3.0 GPA in bachelor’s of science degree
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Experience with a programming language such as Python, Java, C, or C++
  • Undergraduate coursework including algorithms, math, and statistics
What are the admission requirements for the online Master of Computer Science program?
  • 3.0 GPA in bachelor’s degree
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Experience with a programming language such as Python, Java, C, or C++
  • Undergraduate math coursework including calculus, statistics, or probability

Program Details

Is the WPI faculty supportive?

In addition to being passionate about teaching, WPI professors are industry experts and scholars with world-class credentials who support you by inspiring and encouraging you.

Where can I get detailed information about the curriculum?

Please visit our program pages for more information about courses, credits, concentrations, and more: online Master of Computer Science and online Master of Science in Data Science.

Is all WPI coursework online?

Yes. Coursework is 100% online, mostly asynchronous to suit your busy schedule.

How long does it take to complete the program(s)?

Both master’s programs require 30 credit hours. The programs’ 10 courses can usually be completed in 5 terms, or 1.7 years.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Is financial aid available?

Please schedule an appointment with an enrollment advisor to find out if you qualify for financial assistance.

What do the programs cost?

Each credit hour costs $1,610, for a total program investment of $48,300 (plus any applicable fees, including textbooks).