Advanced Data Science Certificate Program

For students who have completed a graduate degree in Data Science, Predictive Analytics, or a similar field, this certificate provides a unique and in-depth exploration into the various industry-based applications of their specific skillset. The program offers students the opportunity to pursue concentrations in analytics fields, including offerings in the four specializations that are part of the Masters of Science in Data Science program:  Analytics Management, Analytics and Modeling, Data Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence.  This affords students the ability to study any of the exciting elective offerings in data science.



About the Advanced Data Science Certificate Program

Advanced Data Science Certificate Course Schedule

From Big Data management to marketing analytics, the Advanced Data Science Certificate Courses page provides you with detailed information on the program's offerings.

Advanced Data Science Faculty

Instructors in this certificate program are the same world-renowned experts in our Master's in Data Science program. You can find a full listing of them on the Advanced Data Science Faculty page.

Admission for the Advanced Data Science Certificate

Applicants to the Advanced Data Science certificate program must hold a graduate degree in Data Science, Predictive Analytics, or similar field from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. A list of admission requirements can be found on our Acceptance Criteria for the Data Science Certificate page.

Certificate in Advanced Data Science Tuition

Tuition costs can vary for each of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on financial obligations, please visit our Certificate in Advanced Data Science Tuition page.

Advanced Data Science Registration Information

Our Advanced Data Science Registration Information page outlines important dates and deadlines as well as the process for adding and dropping courses.

Additional Information

Prior to applying to this program, students must have completed MSDS 420 and 422 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills. Please see below for more information:

MSDS 420 Database Systems and Database Preparation 

In this course students explore the fundamental concepts of database management and data preparation. With a focus on applications in large-scale data analytics projects, the course introduces relational database systems, the relational model, normalization process, and structured query language (SQL). The course discusses topics related to data integration and cleaning, database programming for extract, transform, and load (ETL) operations. Students learn NoSQL technologies for working with unstructured data and document-oriented information retrieval systems. They learn how to index and score documents for effective and relevant responses to user queries. Students acquire hands-on programming experience for data preparation and data extraction using various data sources and file formats. Recommended prior programming experience or 430-DL Python for Data Science. Prerequisite: MSDS 402-DL Introduction to Data Science.

MSDS 422 Practical Machine Learning

The course introduces machine learning with business applications. It provides a survey of machine learning techniques, including traditional statistical methods, resampling techniques, model selection and regularization, tree-based methods, principal components analysis, cluster analysis, artificial neural networks, and deep learning. Students implement machine learning models with open-source software for data science. They explore data and learn from data, finding underlying patterns useful for data reduction, feature analysis, prediction, and classification. Prerequisites: MSDS 400-DL Math for Data Scientists, MSDS 401-DL Applied Statistics with R, and MSDS 402-DL Introduction to Data Science.


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Advanced Data Science Required Courses

To earn a certificate, students must complete any four of the MSDS electives. In some cases, students who have completed equivalent coursework previously may be allowed to replace the required course with another course in the field.

Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.

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