Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science

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Apply to the Applied Data Science Certificate program today at the College of Computing & Informatics. The deadlines for Fall 2022 are Saturday, August 27, 2022 for Domestic On-Campus Students; Monday, June 13, 2022 for International On-Campus Students; and Monday, August 22, 2022 for all Online Students (Domestic and International). The deadlines for Spring 2023 are Wednesday, March 1, 2023 for Domestic On-Campus Students; Wednesday, February 1, 2023 for International On-Campus Students; and Monday, March 6, 2023 for all Online Students (Domestic and International).

Who is the Applied Data Science Certificate program for?

Drexel College of Computing & Informatics' Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science program is designed for professionals of all backgrounds who would like to learn how to manage and leverage data assets for real-world decision making and problem solving, modeling and related activity.  It provides you with a comprehensive overview of applied data science topics, including data organization and stewardship, mining, retrieval, visualization and analytics.

The certificate can be combined with other certificates and/or courses to create the Master of Science degrees as listed below.

Fast Facts

Number of Courses

5 (15 quarter credits)

Credits/full certificate that can be applied to what master’s degrees?

MS Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning; MS Computer Science; MS Data Science


1 year


On campus or online

Time Commitment

Full-time or Part-time

Aid eligible

Yes (only in quarters in which you are taking at least 4.5 credits)

Tech experience required?


GRE required?



IMPORTANT NOTE: Drexel operates on the quarter, not semester, system, offering classes during four 10-week terms throughout the year. 

The coursework in this program focuses on the application of data science methods for solving problems or gaining insights in real-world settings. By combining foundational knowledge and applied training, this certificate program provides you with core knowledge in applied data science that can be implemented immediately in the professional workplace or used as a launching point for more in depth and expansive knowledge in the field.

The curriculum includes:

  • Two required courses
  • Three elective courses to customize your certificate

Please visit Drexel’s Course Catalog for a full description of each required course and elective for this program. You can also find a sample Plan of Studyfor the certificate.

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application.
  • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.
  • 3.0 GPA in a prior completed degree, BA/BS and above.
  • Official final transcripts including a bachelor's degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution and/or World Education Services (WES) Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign transcripts.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation is required. Two (2) are suggested (academic, professional, or both).
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose: in approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how advanced coursework through a Certificate facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
  • Current resume.
  • Additional requirements for International Students.

Please visit our Graduate Admissions page for all deadlines.

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