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Graduate Program

Advanced Certificate in Data Science

The advanced certificate in data science is a multidisciplinary, cross-departmental, graduate credential administered by the University of Rochester’s Goergen Institute of Data Science, and approved by the New York State Board of Education. The advanced certificate program prepares students to apply data science techniques, including machine learning, to derive insights from large data sets in various application domains.

The program is designed for individuals with working knowledge of data science, gained through industry or academic experience, who would like to formalize their training with a deeper mastery of fundamental concepts in the field.

Admissions Criteria
  • A completed Bachelor’s degree (all majors are considered)
  • One year (or equivalent) of coursework in undergraduate calculus and linear algebra
  • Proficiency in introductory programming and data structures (Python or Java) through coursework or equivalent experience
  • Interest in and motivation to pursue large scale quantitative data analytics
How to Apply

To apply, submit an online application with the following material:

  • Official transcript(s) from bachelor’s degree (and any other higher education experiences)
  • Personal statement describing:
    • Prior experience
    • Career and educational goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be received by March 15)
  • GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores not required

Apply by March 15, 2021 to be considered for Fall 2021 admissions. There is an application fee which can be waived for University of Rochester graduate students, employees, and alumni. Please contact our office at gids-advcert@rochester.edu to have the application fee waived AFTER starting the application, but BEFORE submitting it.

Program Requirements

The Advanced Certificate in Data Science program is 16 credits, or the equivalent of four, graduate level courses. The program can be completed in two to four semesters of part-time study. Courses are currently offered in the fall and spring semesters during the day, and attendance is required. At this time, we do not offer courses in the evenings or over the summer.

There are three different course plans designed to suit each student’s unique background and level of preparation. See the course descriptions/schedules website for a description of each course.

Course Plans
Certificate Plan A (Typical)
  • DSCC 462: Computational Introduction to Statistics
  • DSCC 465: Intermediate Statistical and Computational Methods
  • DSCC 401: Tools for Data Science
  • DSCC 440: Data Mining
Certificate Plan B

Designed for students with an academic background in computational statistics (equivalent of DSCC 462):

  • DSCC 465: Intermediate Statistical and Computational Methods
  • DSCC 401: Tools for Data Science
  • DSCC 440: Data Mining
  • One Elective
Certificate Plan C

Designed for students with prior academic experience in data science programming tools (equivalent of DSCC 401):

  • DSCC 462: Computational Introduction to Statistics
  • DSCC 465: Intermediate Statistical and Computational Methods
  • DSCC 440: Data Mining
  • One Elective
Electives
  • DSCC 402: Data Science at Scale
  • DSCC 475: Time Series Analysis & Forecasting in Data Science
  • CSC 461: Database Systems
  • CSC 449: Machine Vision
Tuition

For tuition information, please review the complete schedule of fees. Tuition scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. University of Rochester employees may be eligible for tuition benefits.

Transferring Credits to a Master of Science (MS) in Data Science

Students are permitted to take one course as an unmatriculated student and use it toward the advanced certificate. Courses MUST be at the graduate (400) level and not undergraduate (200) level.

Students interested in transferring credits earned from the advanced certificate to the Master of Science (MS) in data science program should contact the program advisor at gids-advcert@rochester.edu

Contact Us

For additional information on the advanced certificate program, contact gids-advcert@rochester.edu