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Frequently Asked Questions

Master's Program in Data Science and Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions


Admission to the Program

What undergraduate degree is required for admission?

A Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field is expected. Both academic achievement and career experience are carefully reviewed for applicants without a strong technical background. The admissions committee has been examining math achievement closely, such as calculus I, II, and III, generally required for the completion of technical degrees.


Is the GRE score required?

GREs are optional. Admission does not require standardized test scores.


Is there minimum GPA for admission?

Yes, 3.0.


Do you have any more information I can quickly review for my application process?

Yes, visit graduate admission FAQ.


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How is the application for admission handled?

After basic screening, applicants are rated based on letters of recommendation and personal statements (high importance), research and work experience (high importance), academic achievements (medium importance), and extracurricular activities (low importance).


When will I find out whether I have been accepted?

All decisions are notified by the Graduate Admission Office no later than two weeks after the application deadline. Questions can be answered by writing at or by calling at 212-650-6977.


What is required in order to apply? When is the deadline?

1. completed application, 2. supporting documents (personal statements, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts), and 3. application fee of $125. Deadline is May 1st. More information is available at the Office of Graduate Admissions.


I am disabled. Can I apply?

Yes. CCNY is committed to providing a supportive environment for students with disabilities. More information can be found at the Office for Student Disability Services.


I was not selected for admission. Can I ask the reason and apply again?

Yes. Feel free to contact the program director.


About the Program

What is the difference between this program and those at the other CUNY Schools (The Grad Center, Baruch and Queens)?

The DSE Program at CCNY specifically targets the STEM fields. It offers a Capstone Project that serves as the culminating academic and intellectual component bringing data skills learned throughout the program to practice, ensuring students are readily equipped to apply the skills learned upon completion of the program. 


What fields are you talking about when you say STEM fields?

We refer to all disciplines in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.


I am a math major. I have all the math background but I didn't take a programming course? I have done quite a bit of programming. Can I apply?

Yes, but make sure your application packet is able to demonstrate that you have that skill.


Can I take any electives? How do the electives relate to the capstone?

Yes, ideally the electives support domain knowledge in the same field you'll be working with your mentor. For the capstone, students are encouraged to look at the CCNY faculty and identify their ideal mentor.


Do you pick the mentors for me or do I have to find the mentors for the capstone?
At the end of the second semester / year 1, one of the co-directors will assist in the match making process. However, students may find a match on their own.
What times will the course be offered? Will I be able to work?
Our aim is to offer courses late in the day and potentially in the evening in an effort to enable students to work simultaneously.

Enrollment to the Program

After admission, can I postpone my enrollment to the program?

Yes, you may defer your enrollment up to two semesters from the term you admitted (i.e., one year). This is possible only if granted by the program administrator. You must re-submit new applications (and fees), and any other supporting documents and be re-evaluated amongst a new pool of applicants, otherwise.


I may not be able to enroll for five consecutive terms. Are there options for students in my situation?

The program has very few imperfect options for a student who needs to skip terms to graduate on time. Speak with the program director.


Can I take more than two courses in one term?

Yes, with the exception of repeating courses as described below.


Course and Project Work

Can I waive some of the required courses as I have already taken similar ones at the City College and/or other school(s)?

No. Transfer of credit is not granted. 


What would be the consequence of dropping a course?

You must take the course again. You may be able to repeat the course in the second year, or need to defer your graduation one year.


Does the program have incomplete grading policies?

Yes. The exact handling is subject to the specific instructor’s policy.


How many classes can I miss?

Tolerance to missing class depends on the instructor. Keep in mind that missing lecture means a loss of the potential for two-way communication, weakening trust with the instructor.


What should I do if I failed a course?

You must repeat the course. You may continue and retake the failed course the following year if you passed all the other courses with a cumulative B (3.0) GPA.


What are the academic standards to stay in the program?

Our program will institute very high standards. Students must maintain a cumulative B (3.0) GPA. If the GPA drops below 3.0, the student is automatically on probation for the next semester. If the cumulative GPA does not rise above 3.0 by the end of the next semester, the student will be dismissed from the program.


Does the program impose a minimum GPA for graduation?

Yes, 3.0 in compliance with schoolwide academic standards.


Study Environment

Are the libraries open late at night?

Yes. Refer to CCNY Libraries and Hours.


Financial Matters

Is financial aid available?

Graduate study at CCNY is supported by a combination of student fees, state funds, private and foundation contributions, and federal research grants. Exact information is found at the Financial Aid Office.




How do I reach City College? Can I drive there?
See Directions to the City College Campus. By train: (1) IRT #1 or #9 local to 137th Street and Broadway; walk up 138th Street three blocks to Convent Avenue, (2) IND “A” or “D” express, or the “B” or “C” local to 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, walk west one block to 145th Street and Convent Avenue, then south to 138th Street, (3) RT #4 or #5 express or #6 local to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, change there for the M-100 or M-101 bus to Amsterdam Avenue and 138th Street, walk east one block to Convent Avenue, (4) Metro North to 125th Street and Park Avenue, change there for the M-100 or M-101 bus to Amsterdam Avenue and 138th Street, walk east one block to Convent Avenue. City College operates shuttle buses between the campus and the 137th Street (Broadway) and 145th Street (St. Nicholas) subway stations. Due to the general difficulty in parking, driving to college is strongly discouraged.
Is the cafeteria open late at night?
Yes, the student cafeteria is usually open until 8:30 PM (Friday and Saturday until early afternoon). Exact information can be found at Cafeteria and Food Services.
Can I eat in the classroom during lectures?
No, unless you have permission from instructor. Use the cafeteria’s facilities please.
Does CCNY offer housing?
Does CCNY provide child care and education services on site?
Yes. See Child Development Center for the enrollment requirements and available operation hours.

Contact Information

The Grove School of Engineering
Department of Computer Science

North Academic Center 8/206
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY  10031

Michael Grossberg, PhD
Program co-Director

p: 212.650.6166