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Data Science Certificate

Make better decisions by making sense of data

As more organizations search for ways to take advantage of data in their decision-making process, the need for those with a background in data science is becoming more critical than ever.

The Mount’s post-baccalaureate certificate in data science was designed for the non-technical professional working in fields such as government, research, finance, biotechnology, cybersecurity and more.

What You'll Learn

Topics covered include statistics, data engineering and data model applications, among others, providing you with actionable skills for your current role.Courses include:

  • Introduction to Data Science and the Data Science Lifecycle
  • Data Engineering and Data Munging
  • Predictive Modeling Algorithms and Data Products
  • Data Science Applications
  • Data Science Capstone

Complete the inquiry form for more information or to connect with a program advisor.

Program Highlights

The Mount’s Data Science program is designed for working adults.

Format and Details
Admissions and Application

Format and Details

  • Finish in only 10 months. Five courses are offered sequentially, allowing you to focus on one class at a time. Courses are offered in accelerated 8-week sessions with year round enrollment.
  • Attend convenient classes. Certificate courses are offered in a hybrid format, meaning some classes are in-person and others you may be online.
  • Support from classmates and faculty. Up to 24 students begin and end the program together, allowing you to connect with classmates.



Total cost of program tuition.* No additional fees.
  • Cost is based on 15 credits (5 classes) at $670 per credit
  • No application fee

Financial Aid

Students may seek financial assistance through federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.
*Tuition represents 2019-20 rates which go into effect July 1, 2019. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Admissions and Application

Classes begin: January, March, May, August, October
Admissions: Rolling
Priority Application Deadline: 6 weeks prior to start of first course

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Students must demonstrate one of the following:
    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher or
    • Five full years of relevant work experience.

Application Materials

  • Free online application >
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) from all accredited four-year institutions attended after high school
  • Résumé detailing professional experience
  • GRE score (if required based on GPA or work experience)

Send application materials to:

Graduate Business Programs
Mount St. Mary’s University
5350 Spectrum Drive
Frederick, MD 21703


While the majority of our students choose to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate in addition to a graduate degree, some opt for a stand-alone certificate program. For those opting to take only the certificate program additional information is provided and required by the federal government regarding program costs, financing, success rate and related occupations. See the Gainful Employment Disclosure information for the Data Science Certificate Program.

Growing Need for Data Expertise

When thinking about investing in your future its important to consider the demand for certain types of expertise and how earning a certificate can help you in your field. These statistics provide a glance at what the market projects in the next few years. 

Source: Forbes, Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • 59% of all data science and analytics job demand is in finance and insurance, professional services, and IT.

  • By 2020, the number of jobs for all US data professionals will increase by 28%, according to IBM.

  • Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 19% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Ready to apply?

Our knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you have about our application process and steps to take after you've been accepted. Learn more today.

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