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Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science Program Admissions Process

Tufts University School of Engineering seeks highly motivated individuals who desire to gain a foundational understanding of core data science topics. When evaluating candidates for the online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science program, our admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications—considering both your academic history and professional experience.

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How to Apply

All online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science applicants are required to submit the following:

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Access the application. An $85 non-refundable application fee is required.

The application fee is waived for:

  • Current Tufts undergraduate and graduate students
  • Students in Tufts certificate programs applying to a degree program
  • Tufts degree program alumni
  • Current juniors or seniors or alumni of Lafayette College, Olin College, Union College, Smith College, Wellesley College
  • AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteers and alumni
  • City Year and Teach For America Corp members and alumni
  • Currently applying GEM fellows
  • Current Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) fellows
  • Current Leadership Alliance Members
  • Current McNair Scholars

GRE scores are no longer required for candidates with an undergraduate degree from an accredited US or Canadian institution. GRE scores are required for applicants who don’t have a degree from a US or Canadian institution.

Applicants will be required to upload a copy of transcripts received from each educational institution attended where credit was earned toward an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree.

Transcripts for study abroad or transfer programs are not required if the course titles, grades, and credit hours are included on the transcript of the degree-granting institution. If the transcript is in a language other than English, an official translation must be provided.

Applicants can upload unofficial transcripts on the Academic History page of the application. If you have trouble uploading the unofficial transcripts, you can email them to:

Applicants who are offered admission to the online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science program will need to have official, sealed transcripts from all degree-granting institutions sent to the mailing address shown below.

Office of Graduate Admissions

2 The Green
Bendetson Hall, Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Applicants may have official e-transcripts emailed to

Certificate Track: One letter of recommendation is required.

Master’s Track: Three letters of recommendation are required.

Recommendation letters should be written on official letterhead or contain a written signature by someone who can provide a candid and honest assessment of the applicant’s academic background or professional work experience and convey their abilities and character.

Applicants are required to write a personal statement that details their reasons for wanting to pursue their Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science online at Tufts. The personal statement should be limited to five pages (2,500 words).

A résumé or CV must be provided. Please include dates and an overview of academic history, employment, academic honors, scholarships, publications, community involvement, volunteering, internships, and other activities.

Applicants who are non-native English speakers are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test.

You can register for the TOEFL online. Use Tufts University code: 3901. Student copies or photocopies of TOEFL/IELTS scores are not accepted.

Applicants who satisfy one or more of the following conditions are not required to provide a TOEFL/IELTS score:

  • Have citizenship in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean
  • Earned a college or university degree in the US or in one of the countries listed above prior to submission of the Tufts online Post-Baccalaureate Data Science Certificate application
  • Are currently enrolled as a full-time student in a US degree-granting program or at an English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above

Applicants must have successfully completed two consecutive full-time academic years of college or university work prior to the date of anticipated enrollment in the Tufts online Post-Baccalaureate Data Science Certificate program.

The minimum required scores are:

  • TOEFL: 90
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Duo Lingo: 110

Degree Evaluations

We do not require a degree evaluation for transcripts. We only require that the transcript be translated into English by a certified translator, which can include the degree-granting institution.

Student Visas

We are not able to provide F-1 student visas nor the associated Optional Practical Training (OPT) for our online programs. Please visit the Tufts International Center for information about joining a program on campus that may offer these options.

While not required, applicants are encouraged to submit a video presentation (two minutes maximum) of their own design, product, or conducted research to demonstrate to the admissions committee their interests and skill sets.

Non-native English speakers are encouraged to submit a digital portfolio to demonstrate their English language skills.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Spring, summer, and fall cohorts are available.

Fall 2024
Priority Submit Deadline
May 13, 2024
Early Action Deadline
June 3, 2024
Early Decision Deadline
June 24, 2024
Final Submit Deadline
July 15, 2024