Performance-Based Admissions (PBA) Enrollment

To gain admission to the Master of Data Science (MDS) program, you’ll complete a 3-credit pathway course, Data-Centric Computing. By earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher in that course, you’ll be accepted into the degree program upon bachelor’s degree verification.

Learn what you need to know about bachelor’s degree verification and payment before submitting your enrollment form.

Payment Information

The tuition cost of the PBA course (Data-Centric Computing) is $1,500 ($500 per credit) with mandatory fees. View tuition and mandatory fees on Pitt’s Tuition site.

Instructions on how to pay for the PBA course will be sent to you after the course enrollment form is received. Submitting the enrollment form for this course signifies intent to pay. Course payment must be submitted by the due date for each term, which is listed here

If you need information on course add/drop and withdrawal/resignation, view the Tuition Adjustment page on the Student Payment Center’s site.

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Bachelor’s Degree Verification

U.S./Domestic Students

Verification of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required for admission to the MDS program in addition to successfully completing the PBA course.

Note: Bachelor’s degree verification is usually completed via an automated process, but we may require your transcripts if we encounter technical difficulties in verifying your qualification this way.

International Students

For international applicants, the minimum requirement for admission to a graduate program is the completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or the completion of education outside of the United States that the University of Pittsburgh deems comparable to a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

Applicants are required to submit official original academic transcripts. Official original academic transcripts that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Learn more here.

Proof of English Proficiency (International Students)

One of the following proofs of English proficiency is required from international students:

  • A minimum of 80 on the IBT - (Internet-based test) or 550 on the PBT (Paper-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • A minimum result of Band 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • A minimum of 110 in Duolingo

Note: An English proficiency test is valid for up to two years after being taken.

This requirement can be waived for students whose circumstances meet the University of Pittsburgh’s exceptions criteria. Learn more here.