How long will the program take?
On average, we expect that individuals will complete the program in 5-6 years. This will include completion of coursework in years 1-2. Year 3 will include a transition from coursework to independent research, and the final year or years will include completion of research and dissertation work. 

How much does the program cost?
Most doctoral students receive a tuition waiver, fellowship wages, and health insurance. Students will serve as graduate teaching assistants or graduate research assistants throughout the program. Please visit the admissions page for more information.

What can I do with a Ph.D. in Data Science?
Data science doctoral graduates are highly sought after for employment. Upon completion of the Ph.D. program, you will have the tools to set your research direction, teach and advise students, and work at the forefront of government or industry.

Can I pursue the program part-time and/or online?
No. The program is full-time, in-person, and located in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Do I need a master’s degree to apply?
No. Intellectually curious students who have met the prerequisites will be prepared for our Ph.D. program. 

Are there on-campus housing options?
Yes. Students have the option to live on campus, called “Grounds” at the University of Virginia. There are several options available through Housing and Residence Life, as well as many off-Grounds housing options within close proximity to the School of Data Science. 

How do I apply?
For directions on how to apply, please visit the admissions page.