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Data Science

Graduate Certificate

IBM estimates that more than 90 percent of the data in the world has been created since 2011. Data science is an emerging industry as a result of this massive data growth. It is predicted that more than 1.5 million US jobs in data science will be created in the next five years. The data science certificate can give you a competitive advantage for these opportunities.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science is a great introduction to data science for technology-oriented working professionals or recent graduates seeking an advantage in a competitive job market. Course topics include cloud computing, high-performance computing, data mining, machine learning, data analysis, and more.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science prepares you for such careers as:

  • Business intelligence analyst 
  • Data mining engineer 
  • Data architect 
  • Data scientist 
  • Analytics manager 
  • Research analyst  

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Data Science, you must complete 12 credit hours. You may choose any four courses from the approved list of graduate courses listed within the MS in Data Science curriculum.

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online MS in Data Science, these certificate courses may apply to your degree requirements. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement 
  • Letter of recommendation 
  • GRE scores (highly recommended for consideration, but not required) 

Applicants are encouraged to consult the Data Science How To Apply page for application open dates and deadlines. 

Application Deadlines
Fall semester
May 1
Spring semester
November 1


  • Sample courses are listed below. Credits
  • CSCI-B 505 Applied Algorithms3 Credits
  • CSCI-B 551 Elements of Artificial Intelligence3 Credits
  • CSCI-B 561 Advanced Database Concepts3 Credits
  • CSCI-B 657 Computer Vision3 Credits
  • ENGR-E 511Machine Learning for Signal Processing3 Credits
  • ENGR-E 516Engineering Cloud Computing3 Credits
  • ENGR-E 517 High Performance Computing3 Credits
  • ENGR-E 533Deep Learning Systems3 Credits
  • ENGR-E 583Information Visualization3 Credits
  • ILS-Z 534 Search3 Credits
  • ILS-Z 639Social Media Mining3 Credits
  • INFO-I 526Applied Machine Learning3 Credits
  • INFO-I 535Management, Access and Use of Big and Complex Data3 Credits
  • INFO-I 590Topic: Introduction to NLP for Data Science3 Credits
  • INFO-I 590 Topic: Applied Data Science3 Credits
  • INFO-I 590 Topic: Data Visualization3 Credits
  • INFO-I 606 Network Science3 Credits
  • STAT-S 520 Introduction to Statistics3 Credits
  • STAT-S 681Topics in Applied Statistics: Regression Models and Parametrics3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1380.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4140.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1380.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4140.00

-Admitted students will be awarded departmental aid to reduce their overall tuition. 

-Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid.

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