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Online Data Science Certificate

Make Better Decisions by Making Sense of Data

Converting data to solutions. Analysis of large data sets increasingly guides decision making, placing people with data science skills in demand. As more organizations search for ways to incorporate data into their decision-making process, the need for those with a background in data science is becoming more important than ever. Understanding how to read, use and apply your organization's data is critical to making the right choices and staying ahead of your competitors.

Making it Easy for You

The Division of Continuing Studies strives to make it easy for you to go back to school on a part-time basis to help you advance your career. Evening classes delivered in an 8-week format allows you to move through your program quickly.

Our faculty and advisors work one-on-one with you to develop your degree plan, keep you on track, and ensure you gain knowledge you need to make a difference. It's important to us that you feel supported, can maintain your work-life balance, and have access to all of the resources you need to be a successful student. You will have all of the traditional college resources available to aid in your success, such as our award-winning Career Center, Writing Center, Library and Learning Services, just to name a few.

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Coursework and Format

The online data science post-baccalaureate certificate is designed for individuals with non-technical bachelor’s degrees who have the desire to transition into data science careers. The certificate curriculum builds on the skills you have developed without expectations of pre-existing expertise in computer science or statistics. We meet you where you are, and help you bridge the gap to move toward your desired career goal by providing you with crucial pre-requisite skills.

Course delivery is designed to be flexible for the working adult with interactive coursework and fully online delivery. At the same time, the curriculum is designed to provide a support structure to build your confidence in technical material that may be new to you. Each course is sequenced to build on your knowledge and skills from the preceding course. The delivery approach is sequenced as a fully online curriculum complete with applications and capstone courses.

Topics 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

Some students find that combining this certificate with the online risk management and cybersecurity certificate provides critical skills desired by both career paths.

Combine with an MBA

Learn more about the course sequence for combining the data science post-baccalaureate certificate with the Master of Business Administration degree.

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Combine with a Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management

Learn more about the course sequence for combining the data science post-baccalaureate certificate with the Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management degree.

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Designed to Fit Your Lifestyle

As a student in the Mount's online data science certificate program we make it easy for you to:

  • Attend convenient classes. Classes meet asynchronously online.
  • Finish in as few as 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 courses beginning in January and August.
  • Support from classmates and faculty. Up to 24 students begin and end the program together, allowing you to connect with classmates.

This program is available to be completed fully online asynchronous and/or synchronous.

Want to see a full descriptions of all data science certificate courses?

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Affordability & Financial Aid

Graduate level programs are designed to be taken one course at a time, providing you the flexibility you need to complete the 8-week classes at your own pace; with that the program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs.

  • 2023-24 tuition rates effective July 1, 2023 - $10,500 – Estimated total cost of program tuition.* No additional fees. Cost is based on 15 credits (five classes) at $700 per credit.
  • 2024-25 tuition rates effective July 1, 2024 - $10,650 – Estimated total cost of program tuition.* No additional fees. Cost is based on 15 credits (five classes) at $710 per credit.

*Tuition is subject to change without notice. Learn more about tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans. The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college.

Visit our Graduate Student Financial Aid webpage for more details.

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Admissions & Application

Classes for the certificate begin in January and August, and submitting your application six weeks before your expected start date ensures a priority application decision. There is no application fee.

  • Admissions Deadline: Two weeks prior to the session start date
  • Classes Begin: January and August
  • Priority Application Deadline: Six weeks prior to the start of the first course
  • No application fee

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the requirements of the certificate program to be considered for admission.

  • 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)

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