Master of Science
in Mathematics and Computer Science
about the program
Data scientists are already among the most demanded specialists in the hi-tech market. The goal of this program is to equip the most talented young scientists with high-level knowledge and experience in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, industrial data analytics, natural language processing, mathematical modelling, and other important areas of modern data science.
  • Mode, duration
    2 years (full-time)
  • Language
  • Fees
    Full tuition coverage
  • Pending deadline
    Apply for the competitive selection by May 29, 2023
  • Benefits
    Monthly scholarship (up to 55000 rub/month), relocation & accommodation, private medical insurance (in accordance with Skoltech policies)

a successful graduate of the program will know
  • 01
    Mathematical and algorithmic foundations of Data Science
  • 02
    Main methodological aspects of both, scientific research and application development in Data Science
  • 03
    State of the art techniques of machine learning and related areas
The 2-year program comprises of compulsory and recommended elective courses on the most important topics, a wide set of elective courses (depending on the research and professional needs of the student), components of entrepreneurship and innovation, research activity and 8 weeks of industry immersion.

a key component of your studies is independent research work based on world–class laboratories. The following research areas are available for you:
  • AI & Supercomputing
  • AI for ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance)
  • AI for Materials Design
  • Computational Imaging & Graphics
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Computer Vision
  • Industrial Analytics
  • Intelligent Signal and Image Processing
  • Machine Learning, Deep Learning & Reinforcement Learning applications
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Medical Computer Vision
  • Mathematical Foundations of AI
  • FinTech
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Quantum algorithms for Machine Learning
every program dedicates time for students' independent research as a core part of their curriculum. Skoltech hosts more than 40 world-class laboratories, and students have full access to the facilities throughout their studies and can conduct research based on their interests.
our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from a variety of career opportunities in industry, science and business
  • industry
    Landing specialist positions such as Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Industrial Research Scientist, Consultant in various industry sectors (IT, Finance, Telecom and others).
  • science
    Landing PhD positions and continuing research at leading Russian and international research bodies.
  • startup
    Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, consultants and investors.
Skoltech has strongly established connections with leading companies in the industry and academia
  • Sberbank
  • Yandex
  • RusAgro
  • VisionLabs
  • Datadvance
  • ScanEx
  • Geoscan
  • Gazpromneft
    The universities that students visited in previous years:
    • Aalborg University
    • Bell Laboratories
    • Columbia University
    • Dartmouth College
    • DLR German Aerospace Center
    • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    • ETH Zurich
    • Far East Federal University (FEFU)
    • Fondazione Bruno Kessler
    • Jilin University
    • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    • New York University (NYU)
    • Ohio State University
    • Technical University of Munich
    • University of Edinburgh
    • University of Helsinki
    • University of Kaiserslautern
    • University of North Carolina
    • Wigner Research Center for Physics
      applications for competitive selection can be submitted online. Most of the selection process is conducted online, and only the final stage of the selection is conducted offline at the Skoltech campus
      Prepare your portfolio (in English):
      • CV
      • Motivation letter
      • 2 letters of recommendation
      • Diploma or transcript from the university
      • Certificates and awards
      submit your application
      Upload your materials into the SIA application system (
      online testing
      Every candidate must take an online subject test. You will be notified via email about the specific date and time of your test.

      online test sample
      math exam sample
      final stage
      The final selection stage takes place in Moscow. You have to pass the English exam on site, or present a valid proof of English proficiency, pass an in-person interview and entrepreneurship challenge. Extra written examinations may be required for certain programs during this time (you will be notified in advance). In case you're not from Moscow, we can accommodate you in the Skoltech dorms for the selection weekend period.
      you will be enrolled in Skoltech based on the results of all competitive selection procedures
      tips on math exam
      The goal of the Math Examination is to assess ADVANCED math abilities of MSc applicants in calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and probability. The math exams typically include several problems on topics studied in standard undergraduate mathematical courses (see example). Below we list them along with examples of well-known textbooks:

      • M. Spivak. Calculus (1994)
      • S. Lang. A first course in calculus (1986)

      Linear algebra
      • S. Lang. Linear Algebra (1987)
      • Sh. Axler. Linear Algebra Done Right (2015)

      Ordinary differential equations
      • M. W. Hirsch, S. Smale. Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and Linear Algebra (1974)
      • V. I. Arnold. Ordinary differential equations (1973)

      • H. Tijms. Understanding Probability (2007)
      • Sh. Ross. A first course in probability (2019)
      entry requirements
      knowledge, skills and education background for successful enrollment into the program
      • education
        Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in Mathematics, Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology, or other technical areas.
      • knowledge and skills
        Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear algebra, Probability theory and mathematical statistics, Discrete mathematics (including graph theory and basic algorithms), Programming.
      • english language
        If your education has not been conducted in English, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
      enjoy courses and supervision by world-renowned scientists and engineers
      Instructors at HSE University
      We are now accepting applications for 2023 Fall start. Apply below
      Contact us
      phone: +7 (495) 280-1481_ext.3387

      address: 30с1 Bolshoi boulevard,
      Skolkovo, 121205, Russian Federation
      Room E-R3-2026
      We are more than happy to meet visitors Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00. Please arrange a visit 48 hours in advance by contacting