Welcome to Notre Dame!




We are so excited to welcome you to the Class of 2023! Please find below some resources that may be helpful as you get ready for the fall semester.


Upcoming Events

  • Save the date for the next Confirmed Welcome Event on Wednesday, July 7 from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET. Join us for a virtual event where you will get to meet your fellow classmates as well as the program staff. 

What should I be doing right now? Academic

Combining graduate study with the schedule of a working professional can be exhilarating as well as challenging; it requires careful time management and advanced planning. We recommend very strongly that everyone does some prep work in mathematics and programming/computing, as calibrated to your current professional experience. Whether or not you took calculus 2 years ago or 25 years ago,  and whether you use Python daily in your job or if you think Python is just a snake, we encourage you to brush up on these concepts ahead of the fall semester;

What should I be doing right now? Non-academic

Notre Dame’s Graduate School sends carefully prepared information about necessary procedures and steps as you join the University, but there will be some specific details applicable only to this program. Below is a checklist of necessary steps-- the Graduate School will prompt you on most of these but please do reach out to us if you have questions:

What should I expect in a weekly workload?

Weeks are generally segmented into three phases-- asynchronous study, live sessions, follow-on study, or implementations. Please note that live sessions are mandatory. If you have a conflict, you will need to work with your faculty member and the program manager.

Team projects will be woven throughout the curriculum. As the curriculum changes week by week and as individual preparation varies, the average weekly workload will fluctuate. As a rule of thumb, however, we assume that each class will require roughly 7-10 hours of active study per week. Most of your work will be done on the computer; Canvas is designed to facilitate peer interactions and student-faculty engagement. 

Where are my courses located and what is the online learning experience like?

We use Canvas to deliver the course materials for this program. We believe it will provide the best available experience for online students-- highly social, effective, user-friendly, and focused on your learning.  Much of what you need will be integrated into the platform, including the courseware itself, social and collaboration features, and key tools and systems-- for a one-stop-shop experience. You will receive more communication about being added to Canvas closer to Orientation.

What kind of technology and space do I need?

For this program, you should have a computer (Mac or PC) with a webcam. Your computer must be capable of running the most recent version of RStudio and other programs as needed. A minimum of 8MB of RAM is strongly recommended. We recommend that you consider the space within which you will be joining live sessions; for best fidelity of connection in the live sessions, we strongly recommend that you connect to the internet via Ethernet cable (vs wireless). We also strongly recommend that you join live sessions from a quiet, well-lit space free from background noise or interruptions, and where your conversation will not disturb others. Some students and instructors choose to use a headset with a microphone, but this is not required.

What kind of support is available outside of the synchronous sessions?

Faculty will offer virtual office hours and/or individual meetings by appointment. Our Program Manager, Samantha Adamczewski, will also be your resource for questions, non-academic advice, and assistance with all aspects of your experience.


Are there study groups, meetups, or other events?

Yes. We encourage you to create informal study groups or in-person/virtual meetups. And of course, we will be offering a slate of immersions at key sites, which provide additional opportunities to convene in person.

How do I register?

No action is required of you to register for your classes. The program will register each of you within the ND system before the start of classes. Our courses are only available to students in the Data Science program, so there is no risk of enrollment problems. You will be sectioned by time zone and assigned to either the East or the West cohort.

What about instructional materials/textbooks, software & computing systems, downloads, and other materials?

During the immersion, we will work with you to ensure accounts, systems, and downloads are provisioned appropriately onto your computer, and that you have access to key ND services. Some courses will require a textbook and/or access to software systems; depending on the course, these may be available for purchase, free/open, or provided by the University. The estimated cost of instructional materials, textbooks, computing lab fees and the like should not exceed $250 per semester.

When do I get my tuition bill?

The bill for the fall 2021 semester will be available via IRISHPAY in July 2021 (tentative). The fall 2021 billing statement is due in August 2021 (tentative). Your enrollment deposit will be credited to your July 2021 tuition bill. For more details on Notre Dame’s billing, please visit the Billing & IRISHPAY page on the Office of Student Accounts website.

What about tuition reimbursement?

Notre Dame is not involved in tuition reimbursement programs or reimbursement policy in any way; we cannot negotiate with your employer or adapt to their calendar. All matters of tuition reimbursement are between the individual student and the employer. The tuition costs for the program will remain fixed at $10,525 ($10,400 tuition + $125 technology fee) per semester during your enrollment, provided you maintain progress with this cohort. Each of the five semesters contains 6 credits of program coursework.

Who are my classmates and what are they like?

You are a fantastic group, with a wide variety of backgrounds, industries, and individual careers (including stages of career). Some of you are ND alumni (welcome back!), some of you are AT&T employees, but you are all impressive and accomplished. We will distribute a roster of the group during the immersion to help you learn more about your peers and stay in touch.

What is this immersion I keep hearing about?

We are so excited to be able to announce that we plan to welcome you to campus this August for your orientation immersion. This event will take place on campus from August 5 to August 7, 2021. More details will be available soon, but we did want to share the hotel block link with you so that you can book your travel.

What do I need to do with immunizations?

You will be able to access your student medical portal in early May, however, online students do not need to submit immunizations, with the exception of the COVID-19 vaccine, unless they are from a high-risk country. A list of these can be found here. If you have any questions about immunizations, please contact immunizations@nd.edu

The university released a press release about all Notre Dame students being required to have the COVID-19 vaccine for the fall semester. You can read the press release here and if you have already received your vaccine, you can upload it here (you will need your netID). 

Please note that you likely received communication from the Graduate School that you need to complete immunizations. You are exempt from all immunizations with the exception of the COVID-19 vaccine, because you are an online student. We apologize for the conflicting communication.


How do I contact Financial Aid & Student Accounts? 

If you have any questions about Financial Aid please visit their website or contact them directly at finaidgr@nd.edu. If you have any questions about Student Accounts please visit their website or contact them directly at stdacct@nd.edu 


What will it say on my diploma? 

Name on Diploma: Master of Science 

Degree Title on CV and Transcript: Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics: Data Science Specialization


What does the Fall Semester look like?

The Fall 2021 schedule can now be found on the Registrar's website here and we will release the specific data science schedule in the coming weeks. 

Live Session Days: Monday and Thursday 

  • East Section: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET
  • West Section: 9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET


Are there books or materials we need for the fall?

Yes, we now have your fall materials list and it can be found below. 




What are the course numbers for the curriculum?

Course Topic

Course Number


Systems and Technologies R



Systems and Technologies Python



Probability and Statistics



Introduction to Data Science



Linear Models



Storytelling & Communications for Data Scientists



Ethics and Policy in Data Science



Databases and Data Security



Behavioral Data Science



Statistical Learning for Data Science



Data Visualization



Generalized Linear Models



Data Science Now: Industry, Cases and Projects



Time Series




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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at sadamcze@nd.edu