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Want to Submit a Stronger MSDS Application? Start With an Application Walkthrough

April 22, 2024

Applying to graduate school can be time-consuming and, occasionally, confusing. Each school has its own process, and many require you to submit numerous supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and academic transcripts. Fortunately, applicants to Stevens Institute of Technology’s online Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) don’t have to figure it out alone. 

Prospective Stevens students can work with an enrollment advisor (EA) to navigate the program research and application processes. This article explains how an application walkthrough with an EA can help you submit a robust application and improve your chances of gaining admission. 

What is an Enrollment Advisor? 

EAs are admissions experts who guide prospective students through the application process. EAs assigned to the online MSDS have in-depth knowledge of the program and its admission requirements. They know what the admissions board seeks in candidates and can help you tailor your application to highlight your strengths. That’s why many successful MSDS candidates work with an EA when they apply to the program. 

Application Support Tailored to Your Goals 

Working with an EA can provide a direct line of support throughout the admissions process. Read on to learn how working with an EA can help you submit a more compelling application. 

One-on-one application and enrollment support 

Your EA can provide one-on-one support throughout the application and enrollment process, answering any questions that crop up along the way. They will help you assess your academic and professional history and your career aspirations so you can determine whether the online MSDS aligns with your goals. Your EA can provide more detailed information on what the coursework entails to help you decide which course sequence (traditional or advanced) better serves your objectives. They can also tell you more about the online student experience

Comprehensive support 

To apply to the Stevens online MSDS, you must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution. You also need the following materials: 

  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or professional colleagues 
  • Academic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where you earned credit
  • TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores (if you are an international applicant whose first language is not English)

A statement of purpose and resume are optional but strongly recommended. 

Your EA can advise you on how to emphasize your relevant experience and highlight your strengths. They can also help you take stock to ensure that you submit all the necessary documents. If you have questions about a specific application component or how applications are reviewed, reach out to your EA for assistance. They can also guide you through the enrollment process if you are admitted to the program.  

Timeline management 

Applying to graduate school can be time-consuming, putting a strain on your busy schedule. An EA can help you create an application timeline to ensure you submit all required materials by the application deadline. If you are accepted into the program, your EA will work with you to prepare for your first semester. 

Financial aid and scholarship expertise 

Stevens students have various financial aid options, including federal loans, private loans and scholarships. Figuring out which options you qualify for and completing the necessary application paperwork can take time and effort. Your EA can help by directing you to available resources and connecting you with the Stevens Office of Financial Aid if you need more financial advice. 

Learn How to Submit a More Competitive Application Today

Stevens’ online MSDS can help you gain the skills and expertise you need to accelerate your data science career. Coursework focuses on data science skills that are increasing in demand; 100 percent of graduates are employed within three months of graduation. 

We know that navigating the graduate school application process can present challenges, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing your master’s degree. Stevens EAs are on standby to help you through the admissions process. From determining which program best suits your goals to collating your application materials, submitting your application and, ultimately, preparing for your first semester, an EA is available to assist you every step of the way. 

If you’re ready to take the next step in your data science career, schedule a one-on-one application walkthrough with an enrollment advisor today.