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 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).

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Looking for a graduate education to fit your unique career aspirations and goals? Drexel CCI’s stackable certificate format allows you to tailor your academic journey to your specific interests – and busy schedule. Under this flexible, modular format, students who complete three graduate certificates can apply their certificate credits to earn a full master’s degree. Students without prior technical knowledge may be required to complete pre-requisite certificates for computing-related master’s degrees. Visit our Graduate Programs Tool to explore different certificate combinations.

CCI's 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.

Program Features

  • Available online or on campus.
  • Five-course curriculum that provides 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.
  • Students who successfully complete the certificate have the option to continue broadening their understanding of computer science and data science by transitioning into the Master of Science in Computer Science degree program, or the Master of Science in Data Science degree program.

For more information on course requirements, please visit the Drexel University Catalog.

Admissions Requirements for Computational Data Science Certificate

  • Graduate application for the on-campus program or the online program
  • 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.
  • 3.0 GPA in a prior completed degree, BA/BS and above.
    • Provisional Admission is not available with this program.
  • 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 required, two (2) suggested (academic, professional, or both).
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose: in approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
  • Current Resume.
  • Additional requirements for International Students.

Additional Certificates and Minors in Data Science Available

CCI also offers graduate data science certificates (available online or on campus) in Intro to Data Science, Big Data AnalyticsApplied Data Science, and Applied Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Data Science.

For current graduate students who are interested in gaining data science knowledge to complement their master's degree, the College offers graduate minors in Computational Data Science and Applied Data Science.

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