Graduate Certificate in Data Science

Graduate Certificate in Data Science

Digital data is being generated at such a rapid pace, resulting in ‘Big Data’ and requiring new techniques for processing and analysis. Whether it’s called big data analytics, predictive analytics, or advanced analytics, Data Science is a growing, evolving field—and nearly every industry is in need of professionals who have the skills required to guide decision-making processes. The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Data Science (Data Science) provides an advanced introduction to this field, while also providing a strong foundation to develop further expertise in the future. Get a degree that provides you with the skills required to compete in this exciting career. Data Science is offered through the Department of Computer Science in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

Data Science provides a broad introduction to the field—including how to extract and clean data, store and manage large volumes of data, and analyze such data and extract insights from it. The program involves interdisciplinary activities that create data-centered products, applications or programs that help to answer scientific, socio-political or business questions. It requires the ability to integrate data, operate on data at scale, and analyze data to make predictions, find patterns and form and test hypothesis. Practices from a variety of fields are incorporated, including in computer science disciplines such as Machine Learning, Statistics, Databases, and Visualization.

Data Science is a 12-credit program designed to be completed in as little as nine months while minimally disrupting personal and professional life.  The program features seminar-style, face to face instruction provided by UMD faculty and experts in the field.  The program uses the semester academic calendar:  fall and spring semester (16 weeks each). Classes meet at the UMD College Park campus

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