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Employer demand for Data Science professionals is being driven by the need to analyze business intelligence data to inform organizational decision-making. This trend will accelerate as richer data sets become available and data analytics becomes a ubiquitous skill set across many business professions.

Data Scientists ultimately create algorithms and modelling processes that help businesses extract wanted data. Using your analytical and programming skills, as a data scientist, you will collect, interpret and analyze very large data sets in order to develop solutions to difficult business challenges. Learn more about a career in data science

About the Data Science Certificate

The online Data Science Certificate provides a solid understanding of data science and the role of the data scientist in the real-world environment. Building on your prior knowledge of statistical analysis and programming, you will learn how to use data analytics, predictive analytics and big data tools to understand the basic technical concepts and challenges of Big Data. The program’s final course will include a capstone project that draws on previous experience with data science as well as the skills gained from the curriculum to address a real-world problem

The Data Science Certificate is a cohort program and the three (3) required courses must be completed in order. The next cohort begins Monday, October 5, 2020.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Discern which data analytic methods and processes to use that will inform organizational decision-making.
  • Develop skills in data acquisition, processing, and cleaning to prepare data for analysis.
  • Demonstrate the use of statistical methods and predictive modelling to answer queries, predict trends and real-world problems.
  • Analyze big data using analytical tools such as Hadoop, Hive, and Spark and draw meaningful conclusions from big data sets.
  • Create compelling narratives/presentations of data analysis results utilizing techniques of data visualization and non-technical language.

Program Requirements

To be successful in this program, it is recommended that you have an Undergraduate degree or College diploma, a recent statistics course and basic experience or understanding of a programming language.

In order to receive your Data Science Certificate, you must complete the three online courses sequentially. The program can be completed within one year.


As data analytics becomes critical for decision making within all industries and the tools become easier to use, a new role has emerged for working professionals to acquire specific knowledge and analytic skills that may be outside of their main job function. The program will also provide those who want to pursue a career as a data analyst or data scientist with the skills necessary to embark on a new career.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information about the Data Science Certificate, please contact us.

When you have completed all the requirements for this certificate, you can request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal.


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