Frequently Asked Questions

Note that answers to more questions may be found at our graduate school website:

Q: Can I still apply if I cannot have all the material ready by the deadline?

A: Unfortunately not. Applications have to be submitted completely before the deadline of March 15th to be considered. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and no applications will be accepted after the deadline.
Note that we need a complete application, including letters of recommendation AND OFFICIAL SCORE REPORTS, before we can make admission decisions. Therefore, please give your letter writers enough time to write and mail your letters of support

Q: Do I have to begin graduate study in September?

A: No. It is only possible to start in the fall semester (which begins in early September). 

Q: I cannot afford the application fee. Can you waive it?

A: To request a fee waiver, complete the Application Fee Waiver Request on the online application form (of the graduate school). In addition, you must submit documentation that substantiates your financial hardship. Acceptable forms of documentation are FAFSA, a letter from a college/university financial aid office, receipt of GRE fee waiver, unemployment verification, or other forms that provide significant documentation of financial hardship. Do not send copies of your tax returns.

All supporting documentation should be sent to using the email subject line "Fee Waiver Materials."

Q: Do you have financial aid available for ScM students?

A: There will be a limited amount of financial help available to support ScM students.

Q: Are scans of any of the application material acceptable?

A: Scanned copies are encouraged as part of the initial application; original documents are required if you are admitted and decide to enroll here. Please send all documents to the Graduate School, not the Data Science Initiative.

Q: Do I have to take the GRE General exam?

A: We do not require the General exam for master's applicants. Your General test scores give us an additional objective form of evaluation. On the other hand, some students have extremely strong records, and this strength is evident from their application. For such students, the General test score does not provide much additional information. In the end, it's your call.

Q: Can I contact the graduate school by phone or electronic mail?

A: The graduate school's contact information is on their Web page.

Q: Where do I send my transcripts, score reports, etc?

A: If you are admitted and prompted to do so, please send supplemental
materials to:

      Brown Graduate School,
      47 George Street, Box 1867,
      Providence, RI 02912.
Please do not send hard copies of any application materials unless requested by the Graduate School.

Q: What is the institution code for the GRE and TOEFL?

A: The GRE and TOEFL institution code is 3094. 

Q: Have you received all my application materials?

A: Please contact the Graduate School directly at for questions relating to the online application system or to see if all of your materials have arrived.

Q: Who decides whom to admit?

A: Officially, admissions are generated by the Graduate School of Brown University. In practice, the Data Science Initiative (specifically, a group of faculty members) evaluates your application and makes recommendations to the Graduate School, which typically follows our recommendations. Therefore, you are generating your application (in particular, your statement) to be read primarily by the faculty of the Data Science Initiative.

Q: What if I have other questions?

A: You can email the Program Director. Please be sure to mention that your question is about master's admissions.