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IIT Madras, India's top technical institute, welcomes you to the world's first 4-year Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Data Science and Applications with options to exit earlier in the foundation, diploma or BSc degree level.

For the first time, you can work towards an undergraduate degree / diploma from an IIT regardless of your age, location, or academic backgrounds.

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BS in Data Science and Applications

Content taught by experienced IIT Madras faculty and industry experts that can be accessed by learners from anywhere with options to exit earlier.


Diploma in Programming / Diploma in Data Science

Open to anyone who has completed any UG or at least two years of any UG education.

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XI and XII Students

Anyone who has passed Class 12 or equivalent can apply irrespective of age or academic background. Those who qualify can join the program immediately.

School students who have appeared for their Class 11 final exams can apply irrespective of their group / stream / board. Those who qualify can join the program after passing Class 12.

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Make your study the start of something special and get one of the best student experiences.

You will join a supportive, diverse, vibrant community of students and scholars who share your passion. Our reputation for excellence attracts some of the best minds in the world.

The students are divided into 12 houses. Alongside the academic activities, you can have fun and develop your interests through clubs and extracurricular activities. It helps you build on your social skills and career goals while enjoying a great social life.


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17th March 2022; 7:00pm - About RBCDSAI and Opportunities for BSc Data Science & Programming students - by Prof. Balaraman Ravindran View video
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IIT Madras started this unique BS program to provide access to IIT quality education to the learners across the country. Data Science is a growing field and the demand for skilled resources in the market is very high. IIT Madras has a rich history of providing high-quality education and this program is designed to underline the fact that IIT is within the reach of everyone. This BS program is meticulously drafted and is aligned with the goals of the National Educational Policy. We are planning to make IIT Madras a ‘Vishwa-guru (Global Teacher)’ through innovative approaches to enhance the quality of education. In order to support the students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue this program, scholarships are being provided.

Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras

Who can join? 

No age or stream restrictions.

Can learn from anywhere.

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What is being offered?

BS Degree in Data Science and Applications

Option to exit earlier with a Foundation Level Certificate or Diploma(s) or BSc Degree

Are these official Diplomas and Degree of IIT Madras?

Yes. IITM senate approves and offers the Diploma(s) and Degree(s).

Degree holders become alumni of IIT Madras.

What is the Qualifier Process? 

4 weeks of courses and assignments to be completed.

Those who get minimum required scores in weekly assignments in the 4 weeks will get to write Qualifier Exam broadly based on the 4 weeks of content.

Those who get minimum required scores in Qualifier Exam get to register for Foundation Level courses.

What is the Structure of the Program? 

The program is split into four levels that have to be completed strictly in sequence:

1: Foundation Level (32 credits)

2: Diploma Level (Programming: 27 credits + Data Science: 27 credits)

3: BSc Degree Level (28 credits)

3: BS Degree Level (28 credits)

For more detailed information about the IIT Madras Degree program, our courses and fee structure, check out the

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World Class Faculty

Learn from carefully designed courses taught by experienced IIT Madras faculty and other industry experts.

Curated Content


Our program is flexible with multiple entry and exit points for learners from different backgrounds with different aspirations.

Course Options

Course Support

Each course will have discussion forums with an active academic team to help in clearing doubts.

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Mode of Study

Coursework Content, tutorials, doubt clearing sessions & assignments will be online, while quizzes and exam will be conducted in-person

Why learn Programming & Data Science? 

Decision making is increasingly becoming data driven within the commercial sector and the government. There is a large quantity of data readily available for this at present. Smart devices connected to the internet bring more input sources, apart from those generated by humans as they interact with services and one another. Data driven decision making involves the analysis of large volumes of data to identify patterns and build predictive models. This requires a combination of skills ranging from computing, statistics and mathematics, and is broadly labelled data science.

As formal academic programs in data science are only just emerging, there is a huge gap between the demand for data scientists and the supply of suitable qualified applicants in the job market. The throughput of traditional classroom programs is limited and will not be able to provide the numbers needed to meet the upcoming requirements. Online teaching has the potential to train much larger numbers, but delivering scale without diluting quality has proven to be a challenge until recently.

This program therefore aims to create a thoroughly trained programmer, proficient in application development, data sciences and machine learning. View Less

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What do Industry Experts have to say about our Program

Mr.Sandeep Alur

Director - Microsoft Technology Centre, India

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V.P - Talent Acquisition, Infosys

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Dr.Kingshuk Banerjee

Partner - Cognitive Computing and Analytics, IBM Services

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Dr.Shankar Venugopal

V.P - Mahindra & Mahindra

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Dr.Manish Gupta

Director - Google Research India

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