Frequently Asked Questions

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The DAAS degree consists of 11 courses (33 credit hours) of which seven are core courses, including a capstone project class, and four are specialized electives. The seven core courses cover essential methods and tools in data analysis, applied statistics, computing, data visualization, and communication.

The DAAS degree's core foundation in statistics provides our students with the skills needed to assess the comparative advantages and limitations of various methods of analyzing data. It emphasizes interpretation of analyses for evidence-based decision making and predictions. The core curriculum's courses in statistical computing provide students the skills needed to develop effective analysis programs and take advantage of contemporary programming languages and packages. 

In their final year, students take four electives from their option tract. Students can choose between an option tract in data science, public health, economic analysis, and cybersecurity.

Please see our course list and descriptions for more information on our courses. 

The DAAS program in Falls Chruch is only offered part-time. Most students take two 3-credit courses each semester for six semesters. Each of our course tracts is a fixed plan of study which takes six semesters to complete. 

Yes, class will be held one evening per week at our Northern Virginia campus (NVC) in Falls Church, VA. The NVC campus is walking distance from the Metro - Orange line West Falls Church station. Parking is availible for students who drive.

We have designed our curriculum with the working student in mind, so our semesters are a blend of in-person class one evening per week and one online course. We want to maximize learning time and minimize commuting time. In both the in-person and online courses, students interact with their classmates and instructors through our interactive learning platform, Canvas, Zoom, and other shared cloud-based services.

Students can begin their degree in the Fall or Spring semesters. Semester start dates are set by the Virginia Tech University calendar

Fall Deadline: August 1, 2020

Spring Deadline: December 15, 2020

Yes, we require all incoming students to have taken the GRE and have scored higher than the 60th percentile on the quantitative section and higher than the 50th percentile on the verbal section. 

A successful applicant will have had Calculus I and II, and a basic Statistics class as an undergraduate and have done well in those courses. Also, a strong applicant will have had some experience in computer programing, either in a classroom or professional setting.

Please send official transcripts to the Graduate School at Virginia Tech. Please see How to Submitt Transcripts for more information. 

Not generally, no. We expect that the majority of our students will be working professionals who have been out of school for several years.  Most students draw upon professional references for their applications. Some students who are more recent graduates with less work experience may choose to contact their undergraduate professors for recommendations. 

You should contact our Program Coordinator, Cherie Nelson at She can help you troubleshoot your application. 

That is hard to say. Workload will differ from class to class, and students will naturally learn at different paces. Generally, we expect that students will spend 6 -10 hours per week working on coursework. 

The degree was approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in June of 2015.  We currently offer the degree in Blacksburg as a simultaneous Master’s degree for current Master's and Ph.D. students.  

Yes, the DAAS degree in both Falls Church, VA and Blacksburg, VA are STEM visa eligible. Prospective international students are incouraged to contact the Graduate Student International Students office for more details. 

The program is 33 credits. Currently, the State of Virginia has set tuition at $1025 per credit ($3,075 per 3-credit course). The approximate total cost of tuition is $33,825 plus fees.