Graduate Certificate in Data Science

Graduate Certificate in Data Science

The time to upskill is now.

Build relevant data science skills to thrive in today’s data-driven world. The online University of Wisconsin Graduate Certificate in Data Science is designed for busy professionals ready to sharpen their understanding of data science and develop the skills necessary to effectively work with and communicate about data.

Why earn the University of Wisconsin Data Science Certificate?

  • Strengthen data science skills to keep pace in an evolving field
  • Improve data literacy to more effectively communicate about data
  • Learn how to organize and interpret data using the latest tools and methodologies
  •  Take courses 100% online and on your own schedule

Plus, you can complete your data science certificate in just one year and earn a respected and recognized University of Wisconsin credential. Learn more about the courses in the certificate program.

“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 Shanmugam, UW Data Science student

Optional Path to a Master’s Degree

As a certificate student, you will take five courses from the online University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Data Science curriculum. Should you choose to continue your data science education, you will have the option to apply to the MS in Data Science program. Upon acceptance, you will work with your home campus to transfer your certificate coursework to the degree program.

Application and Admission

To be eligible for admission to the data science certificate program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed 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 holistic 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.
  • 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.
  • No aptitude tests (GMAT, GRE) are required.

All application materials must be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission. Find information about how to apply here. To learn more, schedule a call with an enrollment adviser who can answer your questions and help you with your application.


Tuition is $875 per credit whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state. Textbooks are not included in tuition costs and should be purchased separately. There are no additional course or program fees. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.

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