Application requirements

Applicants for the online Master of Data Science must hold an Australian bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification with a research component; or an Australian master’s degree in quantitative discipline, such as data science, computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, economics, finance or disciplines that are deemed equivalent.

Applicants who hold the Graduate Certificate in Data Science with a minimum credit average (65 percent) may also apply.

Applicants for the online Graduate Certificate in Data Science or the online Graduate Diploma in Data Science must hold an Australian bachelor’s degree (AQF7) or equivalent qualification.

All applicants, regardless of the program, must submit:

  • Online application
  • Proof of residency
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international students only)

Upcoming deadlines

Online offeringsPriority deadlineFinal deadlineTerm start date
Master of Data Science
17 November, 2023
15 December, 2023
February 2024
Graduate Diploma in Data Science
17 November, 2023
15 December, 2023
February 2024
Graduate Certificate in Data Science
17 November, 2023
15 December, 2023
February 2024

Deadlines are represented in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Proof of residency

For Australian or New Zealand citizens: A valid Australian or New Zealand passport, citizenship certificate or evidence of Australian citizenship is required.

Note: If the student was born after 20 August 1986 and the birth certificate does not show that at least one parent was born in Australia before 20 August 1986, they must also provide evidence that a parent was an Australian Citizen or a Permanent Resident at the time of their birth (e.g. parent’s/parents’ Citizenship Certificate or Permanent Residency at the time of the applicant’s birth).

For Australian or New Zealand permanent residents: A valid passport photo page or IMMI Card is required.

For non-citizens or non-permanent residents: A foreign passport copy is required, and evidence of international status is strongly recommended. Students can also forego sending these materials if they declare themselves as international students.

For any proof of residency, or for transcripts and application materials, first and last names must match. If names differ, please also submit a Marriage Certificate or Change of Name Certificate.


Applicants must submit a formal resume or curriculum vitae with all relevant academic and professional experience, including titles, dates and mentions of full- and part-time statuses.

Applicants are assumed to have some professional background in computing, specifically programming and in data management.


Applicants must submit a digital transcript from all colleges and universities attended, as well as confirmation of degree completion. The digital academic transcript should show all studied subjects, as well as marks or grades received.

If the previous colleges or universities attended provide official transcripts with an electronic certification feature, students must ensure that they upload a copy of the online electronic secured document (e.g., My eQuals transcript) before an unconditional offer can be issued.

Hard copies of transcripts will not be accepted. Please refer to the My eQuals site for information on providers that can issue a digital transcript.


These scores are only required if applicant’s first language is not English. TOEFL/IELTS scores can be waived if:

  • record of satisfactory achievement in previous studies in which the language of instruction, examination and assessment was English, or
  • successful completion of an approved course of study at the University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching (CET), with results that meet the minimum standards required for your preferred course.

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