WPI’s graduate certificate in Data Science offers cutting-edge education in the world of Big Data. And with convenient online delivery, our world-class instruction comes to you, wherever you live. Flexibility in course selection allows you to customize the program to fit both your existing data analytics skills and your career aspirations: in computer science, finance, business, and more.
Whatever path you choose, the graduate certificate is an excellent stepping stone to our online and on-campus master’s programs in Data Science. Simply transfer the credits and advance your knowledge even further in this growing field.
WPI also offers an Online Master's in Data Science. Or if you prefer to pursue a master’s in data science on-campus, explore our regular data science master’s, where students are challenged to draw from computer science, mathematical sciences, and business
Plan of Study for the Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science (18 credits)
Plan of study will be created with an academic advisor.
In order to earn a certificate in Data Science, you are required to take DS 501. Introduction to Data Science—core coursework in four areas, and an elective, totaling 18 credits.
Curriculum Overview for the Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science
I. Core requirements in the 5 categories as detailed below – 15 credits / 5 courses
II. Electives – 3 credits / 1 course
TOTAL 18 credits
NOTE: All curriculum plans must be approved by the student’s academic advisor
Students in the online Certificate Program must include appropriate course selections from the following five categories and complete the credit requirement with electives:
- Integrative Data Science (Required)
- Mathematical Analytics (3 credits)
- Data Access and Management (3 credits)
- Data Analytics and Mining (3 credits)
- Business Intelligence and Case Studies (3 credits)
- Electives (1 course / 3 credits)
View the current course schedule on the online MS in Data Science page. View academic term start dates for online courses.
Need to earn your BS in Data Science first? Here at WPI, we have taken our well-established Data Science graduate program and now offer it as a bachelor’s for undergraduate students.
What our students have to say
“The certificate program was a perfect follow-up to help hone my skills in Data Science; specifically I was able to learn a lot about cutting edge technologies like Spark (in DS503), and how to apply them in real-world scenarios. The info I learned was also invaluable in the hiring process for my new job and helped to make me an impressive candidate. I really look forward to the GQP and finishing out the Master's program."
– Ian D. (student)
“The online graduate program through WPI has been a fantastic experience. I transferred to WPI from another school and am glad I did. The online classes through WPI are much smoother and the Student Success Manager is very helpful. I highly recommend this program to anyone considering an online Graduate program”
– Jon S. (student)