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Before You Start

Master of Data Science

Program code: UOA-MDS

Applying for an online program with the University of Adelaide is a quick and easy process. Check out the steps below to learn more or get started now by creating an account.


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Step 1 – Check your eligibility

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the 100% online Master of Data Science (Applied) and the Graduate Diploma in Data Science (Applied) you will need to meet the following entry requirement: 

1. A completed bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.5 (7.0 GPA scale).

It’s important to have a solid grasp of core mathematical concepts before undertaking a data science program as almost all of the techniques are underpinned by maths. If you didn’t complete your higher education in South Australia, refer to the table to see the equivalent programs per state.

What mathematics qualifications do I need?

While there is no requirement to have a mathematical background to enter the program, it is important to have a solid grasp of core mathematical concepts if you wish to move onto the Master of Data Science at a later stage. Students who would like the option to enrol in the Master of Data Science (Applied) and have not completed Mathematical Methods Level 2 (or equivalent) to Senior Secondary Certificate level are advised to complete Applied Data Science and Mathematics (MATHS 7203OL) in their first carousel, instead of Applied Data Science (DATA 7202OL). In this course you will be introduced to the role and application of data science in modern organisations and societies and the fundamental mathematical tools used by data scientists.

Your Enrolment Advisor will be able to advise on the best path for you depending on your background.

Step 2 - Create an account and apply

  • Confirm the application close date of the next teaching period by checking the Important Dates page to avoid missing out.
  • Create an account via the University of Adelaide Application Portal.
  • Complete application form and upload supporting documents which include:
    • valid photo ID (passport or driver's licence)
    • proof of citizenship / permanent residency
    • transcripts from your complete bachelor's degree, diploma or certificate
    • proof of completion of SACE Maths Methods Level 2 or equivalent (if applicable)
    • change of name documents if applicable (e.g marriage certificate)
    • English language requirements (if you are an international applicant).

Don’t worry if you do not have all of the required documents yet. You can still create an account and return at a later date to complete your application.  

Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll be hearing from our admissions team who will confirm the outcome of your application.

Step 3 - Enrol

If your application is successful, you will then need to enrol in preparation for the start of the teaching period. You’ll need to register for a student ID and activate your student email address. The EnrolMe System will then guide you through the process of enrolling into your first course.

Application FAQs


When do I apply for FEE-HELP?

After you have been offered a place in a University of Adelaide program, you will be able to apply for a HELP loan as a part of the enrolment process.

I’m unsure if I meet the entry requirements

The team at the University of Adelaide are more than happy to discuss your unique academic and professional history to help identify whether you meet one of the various ways to meet the Master of Data Science (Applied) entry requirements. Phone: 1300 291 117 (Monday to Friday, 8:30AM – 5PM ACST/ADST). Email:

I want someone to walk me through my application

Book a consultation with one of our enrolment advisors here who will more than happy to assist you. 

I don’t have my academic transcript yet

If you don’t have all of the required documents yet you can still create an account and come back later to complete your application. Academic transcripts can be ordered from the institution you completed your bachelor's degree, diploma or certificate. Just make sure to submit all the required documents before the close of application date.

I am an international applicant. What are the English language requirements?

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction. 

You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirements, however you will not require English evidence if you are a citizen or hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada (English speaking provinces only), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Please download the English Proficiency Language Criteria to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

Still have a question? Contact our online admissions team now

If you have any questions about your eligibility or want to know more details about the program, contact the Master of Data Science admissions team either on:

Phone: 1300 291 117 (Monday to Friday, 8:30AM –5PM ACST/ADST).



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