Introduction to Data Science Graduate Certificate

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Apply to the Introduction to 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 Introduction to Data Science Certificate program for?

Drexel College of Computing & Informatics' Introduction to Data Science Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Certificate is designed for professionals of all backgrounds who would like to learn how to manage and leverage data assets for decision making, problem solving, modeling and related activities.

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

Fast Facts

Number of Courses

5 (15 quarter credits) 

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

MS Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning; MS Computer Science; MS in Information - Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience major; MS in Information – Library and Information Science major

Time-to-completion

1 year

Format

On campus or online

Time Commitment

Full-time or part-time

Aid eligible

No

Tech experience required?

No

GRE required?

No

Intro to Data Science Curriculum

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

This curriculum includes three required core courses: 

  • CS 570 Programming Foundations: Develops an understanding of the principles behind and skill in the practice of programming. For students with no programming experience and those with a small amount of programming experience, this course will bring you up to speed and prepare you for graduate study in Computer Science.
  • DSCI 511 Data Acquisition and Pre-Processing: Introduces the breadth of data science through a project lifecycle perspective. Covers early-stage data-life cycle activities in depth for the development and dissemination of data sets. Provides technical experience with data harvesting, acquisition, pre-processing, and curation. Concludes with an open-ended term project where students explore data availability, scale, variability, and reliability.
  • INFO 659 Introduction to Data Analytics: Provides an overview of data analytics foundations and techniques for information professionals. Introduces fundamental concepts and theories of data and data science. Discusses methods and techniques of data representation, data analysis, and data visualization. Covers a range of tools and systems that can be used to discover insight and derive values from data.

And two 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

  • A completed application for the online format or on-campus format.
  • A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.
  • 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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Be in touch with us to get answers to all your questions! We can connect you with a Recruitment Specialist, one of our Graduate Dean’s Ambassadors, or a faculty member to help. Contact Graduate Recruitment Specialist Amanda Tessler and/or Director of Recruitment Matt Lechtenberg at cciinfo@drexel.edu and we’ll get back to you soon.

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