PhD students at the University of Virginia who wish to use data-driven approaches in their careers should consider the MSDS/PhD dual degree program.

While working toward a PhD, University of Virginia doctoral students can learn and apply new data science techniques to their research. In some cases, M.S. in Data Science courses can be applied as transfer credit toward PhD program requirements.

If you have interest in supplementing your PhD with an MSDS, or if you’d like more information, email us at

To Apply:

  1. Prospective students must plan to take a leave of absence from PhD program for the full 11 months.
  2. Meet with PhD adviser and ask them to sign the Intent to Apply Form (see below).
  3. Upload the completed Intent to Apply Form (see below) to you your MSDS Application; you cannot apply without the completed form.
  4. Must pay full tuition and fees for the MSDS program

For questions about the program, email us at:

GSAS MS-PhD Fellowship in Data Science