HOW TO APPLY for the Master of Science in Data Mining at CCSU

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Applications are accepted for both the fall and spring semesters.  However, students may take up to 9 credits before matriculating.

Admission Dates 
All application materials must be received no later than May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.  

Admission Criteria  
Students must hold a bachelor�s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The undergraduate record must demonstrate clear evidence of ability to undertake and pursue studies in a graduate field successfully.

The minimum required undergraduate GPA for prospective candidates for the Master of Science in Data Mining is 3.0.  Conditional admission may be granted to candidates with undergraduate GPA's as low as 2.4, conditioned on the students getting no grades lower than a B in their first three core courses in the program.

The following materials are required, in addition to the materials required by the School of Graduate Studies.

(1) A formal application essay of 500 - 1000 words that focuses on (a) academic and work history, (b) reasons for pursuing the Master of Science in Data Mining, and (c) future professional aspirations.  The essay will also be used to demonstrate a command of the English language.

(2) A note explaining how the one-semester statistics course prerequisite was fulfilled. 

(3) Two letters of recommendation.

The application and all transcripts should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.  The other materials, including the formal application essay, the prerequisites letter, and the two letters of recommendation, should be sent to: 

Dr. Daniel Larose
Re: MS in Data Mining Admissions Materials
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT, 06050 

Note that only hard copy materials are acceptable.  No attachments to emails or other electronically transmitted material will be considered in admissions decisions.  

As part of the application and admission process, the applicant must request that official undergraduate and graduate transcripts be submitted from every institution attended except Central Connecticut State University. Applicants who have attended Central Connecticut State University must list all dates of attendance so their official record can be appropriately evaluated.  (Failure to identify on the application form all institutions attended, or to have transcripts sent from each of them, may be considered sufficient reason for non-admission or for subsequent dismissal from the graduate program.)  

Applicant files must be completed before a review will be conducted, and must include the following:
    1. Completed graduate school application form and application fee;  
    2. Official transcripts of all college level work.    

International Students 
International applicants must meet all regular requirements for admission. In addition, applicants must submit a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) when required and provide a Declaration of Finance form, which documents financial responsibility.   

In addition to the materials listed above, international applicants must also submit: 
    1. two letters of academic and character reference;
    2. Note: International students applying to the online Master of Science program in Data Mining are NOT required to submit a Declaration of Finance form; 
    3. translations of academic records produced and verified by the educational institution in the home
        country or a U.S. academic credential evaluation agency if such materials are not in English;

    4.  Note:
International students applying to the online Master of Science program in Data Mining are NOT required to supply Visa at time of application.  (But see the capstone Requirement below).   
    5. proof of competency in English as indicated by the TOEFL with a score of no less than 550 
        (or 213 on the computer-based test) unless waived by the University.

Capstone Requirement 
All students must select the Thesis option.  A formal presentation of the thesis must be made in person on the CCSU campus.

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