Data Science Online Certificate Program

The Data Science certificate prepares students to apply Python programming to perform data science tasks, break down business problems into actionable data, apply machine learning methods to build a model, and implement end-to-end data science processes. Students will learn key skills to perform a data engineering role in any industry.

Learn from a faculty of industry leaders in this fully online certificate. Enhance your professional skillset and advance your career.

Or, apply credit earned to one of five SPS online bachelor's degrees.


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Online, asynchronous classes

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Four to five quarters*

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Summer quarter*

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Four courses to complete the certificate

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Estimated cost $2,300 per course

*If prerequisite courses are needed, entry quarter is Summer and completion time is 5 quarters



About the Data Science Certificate Program

Data Science Goals and Courses


Admission for the Data Science Certificate

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found at the Admission page.

Data Science Tuition

Certificate students in the School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about tuition and financial obligations, see the Tuition page.

Data Science Registration Information

Registration for courses opens 8 to 10 weeks before each quarter and is accessed CAESAR,  Northwestern's online student records system. View course registration timelines and instructions on the Registration Information page.

Applying Credit to an Online Bachelor of Science Program

Students interested in the option of applying credit earned in an online undergraduate certificate to an SPS online bachelor's degree program should submit an online application and all required application materials. Students who elect to apply to a bachelor’s degree program before completing the certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable bachelor’s degree, but a certificate will not be conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, contact an admission advisor for details

Find out more about the Data Science Certificate

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