A degree that pays dividends.

Graduate school is an investment in your education, your career, and your future. Most MSDS students start their careers with a salary of more than double that of the tuition they pay, and many see a significant return on their investment as they advance in their careers. This page covers the expected tuition for your program, the ways you might pay for it, and our graduates’ estimated salaries.

MSDS Program Tuition

On average the program is around $42,000 for tuition and fees, not including any financial aid in the form of loans or external scholarships. The table below shows how credits hours are priced each year, so you can get a better idea of what the program might cost for you.

Tuition and FeesFall 2020Spring 2021Summer 2021
Tuition per credit hour$1,304$1,304$1,304
Fees per credit hour$9$9$9

Tuition and Fee rates are subject to change every academic year, as approved by the University of Virginia.

Is This a Good Investment?

Graduates from our program often find employment as Data Scientists and Engineers. Our graduates’ average starting salary is $90,000+. As each graduate is unique, you should evaluate your personal goals after graduation in order to assess your earning potential.

How Will You Pay Tuition?

Students have a variety of options to fund their tuition. Some of the most frequently used funding options are included below, but we encourage you to consult with the Financial Aid Office regarding federal loans available to graduate students and/or a financial advisor when determining the best options available.

Financial Aid

Many students may qualify for financial aid in the form of student loans. UVA Student Financial Services awards only federal aid to graduate students. This includes Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS Loans (if interest is indicated on the application) and Federal Work Study.

Other Scholarships

We recommend the FastWeb scholarship search site, though others are good as well.


If you have questions or want additional information about financial aid options, visit UVA Student Financial Services or contact SFS at (434) 982-6000 or sfs@virginia.edu.

Upcoming Events

UVA MSDS Application Overview Webinar
Tuesday, February 9, 20217:00 PM ET
Are you ready to lead and drive change with the power of Data Science? Join the UVA School of Data Science's enrollment team to learn more about our online Master’s of Data Science program. During this event you will learn how our innovative online experience, industry-leading curriculum and distinguished faculty can prepare you for the future of data science. This opportunity will provide an overview on the application, and get you better prepared to complete the application process.