We encourage you to visit UVA’s COVID-19 resource website to stay apprised of the latest changes at the University and for answers to questions pertaining to reimbursements and refunds, including tuition, on-Grounds housing costs, dining plan, and fees already paid.

For additional schedule changes or cancellations, the School of Data Science community should closely monitor this site for current updates. We will post pertinent information below. For FAQs for current MSDS students click here


Incoming Residential Students:

Q: Will the first semester of the residential MSDS Class of 2021 - starting in July -- be offered in an online format?

A: Yes, the School of Data Science has decided to move first semester of the residential MSDS program online. Classes for the first semester of the residential MSDS will still begin July 13, but they will be delivered remotely.


Q: Will Orientation and Technical Boot Camp be online?

A: Yes, Orientation & Technical Boot Camp (July 6-10) will be online. The order of the events may change, Orientation will most likely be first, but the dates are remaining the same. A calendar can be viewed here soon. 


Q: How can I connect with other admitted students?

A: We have created a private Facebook page for newly admitted residential MSDS students. Please contact patti.edson@virginia.edu if you’d like to be invited to the group.


Q: When will applications for Graduate Housing be available?

A: Here in May the Graduate housing will be available.


Q: Will the School of Data Science accept Pass/Fail and Credit/No-Credit from the current institutions of higher learning that some students are graduating from this year?

A: Yes, like UVA, most universities have switched their grading systems in light of the COVID-19 health crisis. The School of Data Science will accept “passing” and “credit” grades for the spring semester 2020.


Q: May I defer my enrollment?

A: The School of Data Science does not as a policy allow students to defer admissions, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unprecedented disruption to all institutions of higher learning, students applying for admission during the 2020-2021 academic year, will be eligible to defer admittance for one academic year until June 15, 2020. LINK TO THE POLICY DOCUMENT


Online MSDS Prospective Students:

Q: Is SDS still accepting applications to the online program?

A: The UVS School of Data Science will continue to offer its high quality online MSDS program, uninterrupted, with the help of our dedicated faculty, administration, partners and support staff. 

Please check here for updates on admission requirements and deadlines as they are subject to change. 


Q: What’s my best course of action if I’m unable to submit my GRE scores as a result of test center closures?  

A: In response to COVID-19, SDS is temporarily waiving the GRE requirement for online MSDS applicants for the Summer ‘20 and Fall ‘20 terms. Please contact an enrollment advisor at onlinedatascience@virginia.edu or via phone at (434) 264-5759 to learn more. 

Q: What’s my best course of action if I’m unable to secure official transcripts? 

A: Many institutions are currently able to process transcripts electronically. However, we understand that colleges and universities may be struggling with staffing availability during these times. Therefore, please contact an enrollment advisor if you’re unable to secure the required information and we’ll work with you to find a viable path forward. 


Q: My question isn’t listed here. Who should I contact in order to learn more?  

A: Please contact our enrollment team at onlinedatascience@virginia.edu or via phone at (434) 264-5759.