Application Evaluation

MUIDSI evaluates all applications holistically, taking into account GPA, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and CV/resume. At this point GRE scores are optional. To learn more about admission requirements and necessary materials, visit _________. The application deadline is January 1, 2024 for Fall 2024 admission.

Application Materials

Curriculum Vitae

A brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and previous experience.

Preferred GPA: 3.3 out of 4.0

Statement of Purpose

Should include a summary of why you are interested in pursuing an advanced informatics degree, a brief description of your previous research experiences, the specific area of informatics you are interested in pursuing, and your future career goals and plans in the informatics field.

GRE/GMAT scores

At this time, reporting of GRE scores is optional in application to the MU Institute for Data Science and Informatics PhD program. Regardless, all applicants are encouraged to provide and highlight evidence of excellence in quantitative ability, analytical reasoning, as well as in verbal and written communication of scientific research.

TOEFL score

Only for international applicants, if required.

Preferred TOEFL Score: 577/90 (paper/internet) or a preferred IELTS score of 6.0

3 letters of recommendation

These should come from faculty or supervisors who can evaluate the applicant’s credentials and potential to become successful in the area of informatics.

A scanned copy of transcripts

Required from each postsecondary institution.

Optional Documents

Applicants are encouraged to submit representative publications in informatics, if available. For more information please visit the Graduate School Website.

Informatics Doctoral Degree Requirements

Requirements Summary

The following is a brief synopsis of the general degree requirements; please see the MUIDSI Student Handbook for complete details.

  • Students must take courses listed in the core and concentration areas.
  • Students must pass a qualifying examination.
  • Students must present at least one institutional seminar annually.
  • Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam, which includes written and oral elements, within a specified timeframe.
  • Students must pass a comprehensive examination at least 7 months before their scheduled defense.
  • Students must submit and defend a dissertation describing the results of successful and original research in one of the branches of informatics.
  • Students must have at least one journal paper published/accepted and at least another one submitted before the scheduled defense from an approved list of informatics related journals.