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Graduate Certificate in Data Science Foundations


Spring 2025:
September 1, 2024

Fall 2024:
December 15, 2023


This graduate certificate program teaches students the foundations of data science from a computing perspective. This degree is designed for students with a wide range of backgrounds who have no formal computer science education but have strong math and science skills. Students will first learn the basics of data science, including data processing, algorithms, parallel computing, statistical methods, and machine learning. They will also learn how to write basic data processing programs in Python.

Students who complete this certificate will be able to pursue professional careers in data science. They will be eligible to be considered for admission to the following MS programs in Data Science: Applied Data Science, Communications Data Science, Spatial Data Science, Healthcare Data Science, Public Policy Data Science, and Environmental Data Science.

International Students: This program is not eligible for the OPT STEM extension.

Please Note: Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings, and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any classes.

  • A total of 12 units is required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Data Science Foundations.
  • 3 Required Courses: 12 Units
    • DSCI 510 Principles of Programming for
      Data Science
    • DSCI 549 Introduction to Computational
      Thinking and Data Science
    • DSCI 550 Data Science at Scale
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation

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Published on July 6th, 2021

Last updated on February 21st, 2024