General Info

  • Faculty working with students: Varies
  • Students: 35-40
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: Some merit-based scholarships are available for MS students.
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: February 15
Application Info


Sarah Martin
Director of Graduate Studies Assistant
Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS)
Duke University
Box 90989
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-5735



Program Description

The Duke University Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) is home for creative problem-solvers who want to use data strategically to advance society. We are cultivating a new type of quantitative thought leader who uses disruptive computational strategies to generate innovation and new insights.

MIDS combines rigorous computational and technical training with field knowledge and repeated practice in critical thinking, teamwork, communication, and collaborative leadership to generate data scientists who can add value to any field.

Other Requirements: an interview may be required in addition to all Graduate School requirements.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadline: February 15

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General (Optional)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required
  • 1 page Essay on Leadership and Teamwork (See department guidance below)
  • 2 minute video (See department guidance below)

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)

MIDS is committed to the idea that data science is fundamentally a “team sport,” and that working successfully in teams is a skill that can be taught and must be practiced. As part of your online application, you must upload a one-page, single-spaced, essay on teamwork. Describe your approach to working in teams. Include concrete examples of times that interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills have proven critical in your life, or times you learned about the value and challenges of working with people who hold different perspectives.

Writing Sample
None required

Additional Components
Providing a recorded video response is required. The video recording platform and prompt is available within the online application.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance