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College of Letters and Science Data Science Certificate

Graduate Certificate

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. 


Data science careers are growing in virtually every sector and salaries are consistently high.   


Learn everything you need to do to submit your application.
How to Apply


Our UW Extended Campus instructors are leading professionals in their fields.
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The Data Science Certificate program is flexible and affordable. View available financial resources to assist your studies.
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Why earn the University of Wisconsin Data Science Certificate?

Companies are searching for workers who can bring best practices to the current business through real-time analytics and personalization. You will learh now to organize and interpret data using the latest tools and methodologies. Improve your data literacy to communicate more effectively.

Course Design

Access course content from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You will have the freedom and flexiblility to work fully online around your schedule.

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5 Courses. 15 Credits. 100% Online! Coursework in the Data Science Certificate focuses on developing the specialized data science skills required to process and analyze large-scale biological data sets.

Certificate courses are offered during fall and spring semesters in rotation. It is possible to earn your certificate within three semesters; however, based on work and life commitments, you made decide to take longer. Should you choose to continue your data science education upon completion of the certificate, you will have the option to apply to the MS in Data Science program.

Applying to the Data Science Certificate online degree program

Program Admission Requirements*:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Candidates will submit a resume and two letters of recommendation (professional or academic), along with a 1,000-word statement of personal intent describing your decision to pursue the degree. Application materials must be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission. No GRE or GMAT required.

Prerequisite Coursework:
Completed coursework and/or relevant work experience in elementary statistics, introductory computer programming, and introduction to databases. If you are in need of prerequisite coursework, this pre-approved list of options may assist you. See here for more information about the prerequisite skills required and how to find out if your previous experience meets the requirements.
*Campuses may waive some of these requirements as part of the comprehensive application process.

International Guidelines
This program welcomes online students from around the world. Online students do not qualify for an F-1 Student Visa to travel to the U.S. but instead can participate in our online courses remotely. If your native language is not English and/or you attended school outside of the U.S., you will likely need to provide proof of English language proficiency and an official translation or evaluation of academic transcripts.

Important Dates

Semester-based degree programs and certificates offer three start dates: fall, spring and summer semester.


Summer 2024 Start Date


Final Day of Summer Semester


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Fall 2024 Start Date


Spring 2025 Registration Opens


Final Day of Fall Semester


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Spring 2025 Start Date


Final Day of Spring Semester