GP2 Under-represented Populations Master's Program - MPS Data Science at UMBC

We are inviting doctors and scientists based in Africa, Asia and Latin America to apply for funding to pursue a virtual master’s in Data Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). This is a virtual program taught over two years.

This program prepares students for careers in data science. In the core courses, students will get a fundamental understanding of data science through classes that highlight machine learning, data analysis and data management. The core courses will also introduce students to ethical and legal implications surrounding data science.

The prospective student must enroll onto the program in the 2022 fall semester.

More information about the MPS in Data Science (by distance learning) program can be found here.


The Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program (GP2) is an ambitious project supported by the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative and executed in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research.

Entry Requirements 

Applicants must meet the following person specification.

  • A bachelor’s degree in any subject*
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale, or equivalent. Applicants with grades on a scale other than 4.0 will be evaluated based on standards for the country of their degree
  • Prospective students must have also completed the following courses at the undergraduate or graduate level:
    • One semester of statistics
    • Calculus I
    • Candidates must have academic or professional experience equivalent to basic programming courses.
  • Have a clear interest in conducting the capstone research project aligning with GP2 goals.
  • Have a clear interest in developing understanding of neurodegenerative disease genetics
  • Be computer literate and understand the principles of data management and analysis
  • Be committed to collaborative work; locally and globally.
  • Have good written and oral communication (sufficient to present work and write thesis).

*If you have a three-year degree versus a four-year degree, your transcript will be reviewed to determine whether you have met the necessary prerequisites for the program. Eligibility for admission can only be determined upon receipt of a complete application.

English Language Requirements

All international students are required to submit English Language scores unless they hold an undergraduate degree from an U.S. institution or hold a degree from an English-speaking country on the list of exceptions, which can be found here.

Adequate level of English Language proficiency can be demonstrated by taking one of the below examinations and achieving the required score.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score: 90 iBT
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score: minimum 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score: 61
  • Duolingo English test: minimum score 115

The examination must have been taken within 2 years prior to applying for this program.

Funding Notes 

We will support the costs of the overseas tuition fees for the virtual MPS in Data Science program starting in fall 2022. The award will cover:

  • University fees which are directly related to the master’s program (i.e. tuition and application processing fees).

Selected candidates will conduct a capstone project that aligns with GP2 goals while doing the master’s. As a result, selected candidates must generate a manuscript submitted to a preprint server (such as medRxiv, bioRxiv) by the end of the funded program.

Application Information

Deadline: June 15, 2022

To apply, please register and complete the online application form within The Michael J. Fox Foundation grants portal. If you have never submitted an application through the portal and would like assistance, refer to the registration guide.

To be considered for funding for this GP2 Master’s program, you must reside in Africa, Asia or Latin America.