Graduate Certificate in Data Engineering

The ability to harness data for actionable insight is increasingly essential for nearly every sector of the economy. We are awash in data, yet companies and organizations don’t always know how best to leverage their data to meet strategic goals, improve outcomes, or simply gain deeper understanding of their operations. This stackable graduate certificates in data engineering focuses on foundational skills and knowledge for those working in or hoping to work in data science and analytics in any industry.

Data engineers implement models to scale within an information infrastructure, creating systems and workflows to organize and manage large quantities of data. This means understanding computer systems and solving problems related to data collection, security, and organization. This certificate trains data scientists to utilize system-wide problem-solving skills, choose hardware systems, and build software systems for implementing models made by data analysts to scale in productions systems.

 This certificate would appeal to students with strong undergraduate backgrounds in data science, computer science, mathematics, engineering, and information systems programs at Northwestern and elsewhere. 




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Complete this four-course certificate and apply your credit to Northwestern’s MS in Data Science program.


About the Graduate Certificate in Data Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Data Engineering Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the  certificate, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate constraints on the use of data 
  • Assess data structure and data lifecycle
  • Demonstrate methods for evaluating software, systems, and processes
  • Develop plans for implementing large-scale on-premise and cloud-based systems

Data Engineering Curriculum

Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the certificate: 

  • MSDS 420 Database Systems
  • MSDS 431 Data Engineering with Go
  • MSDS 432 Foundations of Data Engineering
  • MSDS 434 Analytics Application Engineering

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Data Engineering Courses

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Data Engineering Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Tuition for Data Engineering Certificate

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate in Data Engineering program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the Data Engineering Tuition page.

Registration Information for Data Engineering

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Data Engineering Faculty

Instructors in the Graduate Certificate in Data Engineering program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on our Data Engineering Faculty page.

Applying Credit to the MS in Data Science Program

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to the SPS MS in Data Science program must submit an online application and submit all required application materials.

Students that elect to apply to a master's program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable master's degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact the SPS graduate advising team for information on how to pursue a master's degree at SPS.

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  • You can increase the decision-making and forecasting ability of your organization without adding new positions.
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