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The Time to Upskill is Now. 100% Online.

Data intelligence is the difference between a successful business and one that gets left behind. The 100 percent online University of Wisconsin Graduate Certificate in Data Science is designed for busy professionals ready to hone their skills in data science and build the foundation necessary to effectively work with and communicate about data.

Gain the relevant knowledge to help your career thrive:

  • Strengthen data science skills to keep pace in an evolving field
  • Improve data literacy to more effectively communicate your analysis
  • Learn how to organize and interpret data using the latest tools and methodologies

As a healthcare professional, I needed to work with and understand data…It was during that time that I realized data science was something that would help me connect all the dots and was an area I didn’t want to miss out on exploring.” – Venmathi Shanmugan, UW Data Science graduate

Coursework completed in the certificate can apply toward the Master of Science in Data Science program should you choose to enroll as a degree-seeking student later. Learn more about the courses in the certificate program.

Who Should Apply?

Data Science Graduate Certificate students learn skills that help them advance in their current jobs, gain a competitive edge in the job market, or change careers entirely. You do not need a technical background. In fact, our students come from a wide variety of work experiences, including engineering, statistics, mathematics, business, marketing, healthcare and many other fields.

Busy adults will find the flexibility of the online format especially convenient. Learn more about online learning with UW Extended Campus.

UW System Collaboration

The Data Science Graduate Certificate is offered through UW Extended Campus in partnership with UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior. Learn more about our campus partners and choosing a home campus.

University Accreditation

Whether online or on campus, University of Wisconsin programs have a reputation for delivering world-class education and student support. Accreditation is your assurance that you will graduate with skills that are relevant to your field and valued by employers.

The Data Science Graduate Certificate is approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

To be eligible for admission to the UW Data Science Certificate program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission based on a review of all application materials.
  • Completed coursework in elementary statistics, introductory computer programming, and introduction to databases. Relevant work experience in these areas may be considered in lieu of prerequisite coursework. If you are in need of prerequisite coursework, this pre-approved list of options may assist you. Please contact an enrollment adviser for details.

You may also need:

  • Your resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic).
  • A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing the reasons behind your decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the data science field. Space for the personal statement is included in the online application.

Aptitude tests, such as the GMAT or GRE, are not required for admission.

If you are not sure whether you meet these requirements, or which courses you need to take to satisfy prerequisites, contact an enrollment adviser by phone, 608-800-6762, or email learn@uwex.wisconsin.edu.

Application Deadline

All application materials need to be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission. 

Starting your application early will ensure you have plenty of time to gather required materials (such as transcripts) and complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.

International Guidelines

This program welcomes online students from around the world. Online students do not qualify for an F-1 Student Visa to travel to the U.S., but instead can participate in our online courses remotely. If your native language is not English and/or you attended school outside of the U.S., you will likely need to provide proof of English language proficiency and an official translation or evaluation of academic transcripts. Requirements will vary based on a student’s academic history and home campus policies. For guidance about these requirements and how they apply to your specific situation, contact your preferred home campus admissions office.

If you would like to apply as an International Student for an on-campus program in the UW System please refer to these resources through UW-HELP.

How to Apply

While you are free to apply on your own, many prospective students find it helpful to speak with an enrollment adviser first.

Step 1. Select a home campus from our list of program partners: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior. Learn more about our campus partners and choosing a home campus.

Step 2. Apply to your preferred home campus using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application. Please review the application instructions for your preferred home campus below.

*For a limited time, UW Extended Campus is offering an application fee waiver to those who haven’t yet applied to the Summer or Fall 2024 semesters.  To redeem, use coupon code APPLY24 on the UW Online Application payment page.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Applicant”.
    • When asked “Are you applying as a degree-seeking student?” select “Yes”, and that you would like to earn a “Graduate Degree”.
    • Select “UW-Eau Claire” as the campus.
    • Choose “Data Science-Collaborative” for program.
    • State that you are interested in the Graduate Certificate in Data Science in the essay portion of the application.
  • $56 application fee.*
    • *For a limited time, UW Extended Campus is offering an application fee waiver to those who haven’t yet applied to the Spring, Summer or Fall 2024 semesters.  To redeem, use coupon code APPLY24 on the UW Online Application payment page.
  • Financial aid is available if you qualify.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • When asked “Are you applying as a degree-seeking student?” select “No”, and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Select “UW-Green Bay” as the campus.
    • Choose “MS Data Science Certificate” for program.
  • No application fee. Skip the application fee section (not required for the certificate).
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Applicant”.
    • When asked “Are you applying as a degree-seeking student?” select “Yes”, and that you would like to earn a “Graduate Degree”.
    • Select “UW-La Crosse” as the campus.
    • Choose “Data Science-Collaborative” and then click on “Data Science Certificate-Collaborative” for program.
  • $56 application fee.*
    • *For a limited time, UW Extended Campus is offering an application fee waiver to those who haven’t yet applied to the Spring, Summer or Fall 2024 semesters.  To redeem, use coupon code APPLY24 on the UW Online Application payment page.
  • Financial aid is available if you qualify.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Applicant”.
    • When asked “Are you applying as a degree-seeking student?” select “Yes”, and that you would like to earn a “Graduate Degree”.
    • Select “UW-Oshkosh” as the campus.
    • Choose “Certificate in Data Science” for program.
  • $56 application fee.*
    • *For a limited time, UW Extended Campus is offering an application fee waiver to those who haven’t yet applied to the Spring, Summer or Fall 2024 semesters.  To redeem, use coupon code APPLY24 on the UW Online Application payment page.
  • Financial aid is available if you qualify.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • When asked “Are you applying as a degree-seeking student?” select “No”, and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Select “UW-Stevens Point” as the campus.
    • Choose “Grad Non-Degree Seeking” for program.
    • State that you are interested in the Graduate Certificate in Data Science in the essay portion of the application.
  • No application fee. Skip the application fee section (not required for the certificate).
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • When asked “Are you applying as a degree-seeking student?” select “No”, and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Select “UW-Superior” as the campus.
    • Choose “Data Science Certificate (non-degree seeking) Graduate” for program.
  • No application fee. Skip the application fee section (not required for the certificate).
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

Step 3. Send your resume, personal statement, and letters of recommendation; and arrange to have your official college transcripts* (from each institution you attended) sent to the graduate student admissions office of the home campus to which you applied.

*Please request electronic transcripts if this service is offered by your previous school(s). Have the e-transcript sent from your previous school directly to the admissions e-mail address of your chosen home campus. E-transcripts are usually delivered more quickly than physical copies sent by mail.

5 Courses. 15 Credits. 100% Online.

Data Science Graduate Certificate courses are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  All courses are 100 percent online and asynchronous. Students who choose to take two courses per semester can complete the certificate in one year.

Data science certificate courses are part of the online University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Data Science program. Some of your peers will be pursuing the certificate, while others will be degree-seeking students. Should you choose to continue your data science education upon completion of the certificate, you will have the option to apply to the MS in Data Science program.

Preview lectures, assignments, and discussions in this Course Inside Look: Foundations of Data Science.

CourseCredits

This course provides an introduction to data science and highlights its importance in business decision making. It provides an overview of commonly used data science tools along with spreadsheets, relational databases, statistics, and programming assignments to lay the foundation for data science applications.

DS 700 Course Syllabus

3 Credits

Computer programming is an essential part of data science. When working with large data sets, it’s especially important to be able to write effective, efficient code to help you organize and understand the data. In this course, we’ll introduce you to one of the most widely-used programming languages for data science: Python. You’ll gain experience working with real-world data, and leave the course with skills you can apply in other courses in the MS Data Science Program as well as on the job!

DS 710 Syllabus

3 Credits

This course will introduce you to the concepts and techniques to work with and reason about subject-oriented, integrated, time-variant, and nonvolatile collections of data in support of management’s decision-making process.

DS 715 Syllabus

3 Credits

This course will prepare you to master technical, informational, and persuasive communication to meet organizational goals. Technical communication topics include a study of the nature, structure, and interpretation of data. Informational communication topics include data visualization and design of data for understanding and action. Persuasive communication topics include the study of written, verbal, and nonverbal approaches to influencing decision makers.

DS 735 Syllabus

3 Credits

Explore data mining methods and procedures for diagnostic and predictive analytics. Topics include association rules, clustering algorithms, tools for classification, and ensemble methods. Computer implementation and applications will be emphasized.

DS 740 Syllabus

3 Credits

Spring 2024

Course Preview Week: January 16 - January 22, 2024
Semester Dates: January 23 - May 03, 2024

CourseCredits

This course provides an introduction to data science and highlights its importance in business decision making. It provides an overview of commonly used data science tools along with spreadsheets, relational databases, statistics, and programming assignments to lay the foundation for data science applications.

DS 700 Course Syllabus

3 Credits

Computer programming is an essential part of data science. When working with large data sets, it’s especially important to be able to write effective, efficient code to help you organize and understand the data. In this course, we’ll introduce you to one of the most widely-used programming languages for data science: Python. You’ll gain experience working with real-world data, and leave the course with skills you can apply in other courses in the MS Data Science Program as well as on the job!

DS 710 Syllabus

3 Credits

This course will introduce you to the concepts and techniques to work with and reason about subject-oriented, integrated, time-variant, and nonvolatile collections of data in support of management’s decision-making process.

DS 715 Syllabus

3 Credits

This course will prepare you to master technical, informational, and persuasive communication to meet organizational goals. Technical communication topics include a study of the nature, structure, and interpretation of data. Informational communication topics include data visualization and design of data for understanding and action. Persuasive communication topics include the study of written, verbal, and nonverbal approaches to influencing decision makers.

DS 735 Syllabus

3 Credits

Explore data mining methods and procedures for diagnostic and predictive analytics. Topics include association rules, clustering algorithms, tools for classification, and ensemble methods. Computer implementation and applications will be emphasized.

DS 740 Syllabus

3 Credits

Summer 2024

Registration Opens: March 11, 2024
Course Preview Week: May 21 - May 27, 2024
Semester Dates: May 28 - August 09, 2024

CourseCredits

Computer programming is an essential part of data science. When working with large data sets, it’s especially important to be able to write effective, efficient code to help you organize and understand the data. In this course, we’ll introduce you to one of the most widely-used programming languages for data science: Python. You’ll gain experience working with real-world data, and leave the course with skills you can apply in other courses in the MS Data Science Program as well as on the job!

DS 710 Syllabus

3 Credits

This course will prepare you to master technical, informational, and persuasive communication to meet organizational goals. Technical communication topics include a study of the nature, structure, and interpretation of data. Informational communication topics include data visualization and design of data for understanding and action. Persuasive communication topics include the study of written, verbal, and nonverbal approaches to influencing decision makers.

DS 735 Syllabus

3 Credits

Explore data mining methods and procedures for diagnostic and predictive analytics. Topics include association rules, clustering algorithms, tools for classification, and ensemble methods. Computer implementation and applications will be emphasized.

DS 740 Syllabus

3 Credits

Fall 2024

Registration Opens: April 08, 2024
Course Preview Week: August 27 - September 02, 2024
Semester Dates: September 03 - December 13, 2024

CourseCredits

This course provides an introduction to data science and highlights its importance in business decision making. It provides an overview of commonly used data science tools along with spreadsheets, relational databases, statistics, and programming assignments to lay the foundation for data science applications.

DS 700 Course Syllabus

3 Credits

Computer programming is an essential part of data science. When working with large data sets, it’s especially important to be able to write effective, efficient code to help you organize and understand the data. In this course, we’ll introduce you to one of the most widely-used programming languages for data science: Python. You’ll gain experience working with real-world data, and leave the course with skills you can apply in other courses in the MS Data Science Program as well as on the job!

DS 710 Syllabus

3 Credits

This course will introduce you to the concepts and techniques to work with and reason about subject-oriented, integrated, time-variant, and nonvolatile collections of data in support of management’s decision-making process.

DS 715 Syllabus

3 Credits

Explore data mining methods and procedures for diagnostic and predictive analytics. Topics include association rules, clustering algorithms, tools for classification, and ensemble methods. Computer implementation and applications will be emphasized.

DS 740 Syllabus

3 Credits

Spring 2025

Registration Opens: November 11, 2024
Course Preview Week: January 21 - January 27, 2025
Semester Dates: January 28 - May 09, 2025

CourseCredits

This course provides an introduction to data science and highlights its importance in business decision making. It provides an overview of commonly used data science tools along with spreadsheets, relational databases, statistics, and programming assignments to lay the foundation for data science applications.

DS 700 Course Syllabus

3 Credits

Computer programming is an essential part of data science. When working with large data sets, it’s especially important to be able to write effective, efficient code to help you organize and understand the data. In this course, we’ll introduce you to one of the most widely-used programming languages for data science: Python. You’ll gain experience working with real-world data, and leave the course with skills you can apply in other courses in the MS Data Science Program as well as on the job!

DS 710 Syllabus

3 Credits

This course will introduce you to the concepts and techniques to work with and reason about subject-oriented, integrated, time-variant, and nonvolatile collections of data in support of management’s decision-making process.

DS 715 Syllabus

3 Credits

This course will prepare you to master technical, informational, and persuasive communication to meet organizational goals. Technical communication topics include a study of the nature, structure, and interpretation of data. Informational communication topics include data visualization and design of data for understanding and action. Persuasive communication topics include the study of written, verbal, and nonverbal approaches to influencing decision makers.

DS 735 Syllabus

3 Credits

Explore data mining methods and procedures for diagnostic and predictive analytics. Topics include association rules, clustering algorithms, tools for classification, and ensemble methods. Computer implementation and applications will be emphasized.

DS 740 Syllabus

3 Credits

Students completing the Data Science Graduate Certificate will be able to:

Manage and prepare data.

  • Collect, prepare, store and manage data to devise solutions to data science tasks.
  • Manage and use data in various forms, from traditional databases to big data.

Transform data into insights.

  • Design and implement algorithms to translate data into actionable insights.

Communicate solutions.

  • Create, write, and orally communicate technical materials for diverse audiences
  • Help technical and non-technical professionals visualize, explore, interpret, and act on data science findings.

Tuition is a flat fee of $875 per credit whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state.

There are no additional course or program fees, however, textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. You will not pay segregated fees (fees in addition to tuition that cover the cost of student-organized activities, facility maintenance, and operations) and you will not be charged a technology fee. If software or special technology is required in one of your courses, it will be provided to you and is included in your tuition.

Students enrolling in certificate programs may be eligible for financial aid. Refer to your home campus for more information.

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