Graduate Certificate in Computational Data Science

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Apply to the Computational Data Science Certificate program today at the College of Computing & Informatics. 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). The deadlines for Fall 2023 are Sunday, August 27, 2023 for Domestic On-Campus Students; Tuesday, June 13, 2023 for International On-Campus Students; and Tuesday, August 22, 2022 for all Online Students (Domestic and International).

Who is the Computational Data Science Certificate program for?

Drexel College of Computing & Informatics' Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Certificate in Computational Data Science program provides a strong foundation in the emerging field of data science, with a focus on computational and systems issues.

This certificate program combines practically focused, yet technically rigorous, training in machine learning, data-intensive computing, large-scale data management, algorithmic and data ethics, data visualization and cognitive systems.

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 can be applied to which master’s degrees?

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

Time-to-completion

1 year

Format

On campus or online

Time Commitment

Full-time or part-time

Aid eligible

Yes – in quarters where at least 4.5 credits are being studied

Tech experience required?

Yes – Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Math or STEM field with coursework that includes (1) at least two terms of programming in a high-level language (e.g., Java, Python, C++), and (2) a rigorous mathematical background including calculus and linear algebra.

GRE required?

No

Curriculum

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

This five-course curriculum provides you with a comprehensive overview of computational data science topics, including mathematical foundations of data science; algorithms and scalability; hands-on experience with tools and systems; and advanced modeling and visualization. It includes:

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

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

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application for the online format or on-campus format.
  • A four-year bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Math, or STEM field with coursework that includes: 1) at least two terms of programming in a high-level language (e.g. Java, Python C++); and 2) a rigorous mathematical background including calculus and linear algebra.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelor’s degree or above.
  • Official final transcripts from ALL Colleges/Universities attended. Please note: For students who have attended an institution outside of the US, it is highly recommended to submit a NACES approved course-by-course transcript evaluation (i.e., WES) for expedited review of your application. This approved evaluation will take the place of the transcript requirement to complete your application.
  • One letter of recommendation required, two recommended (academic, professional, or both).
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words).
  • Current Resume.
  • Additional requirements for International Students.

Please visit our Graduate Admissions page for all deadlines.

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