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The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) estimates that 33,600 data analytics professionals are currently employed in Canada, and that this number will increase 29 percent by 2020.[1]

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.

About the Data Science Certificate

The online Data Science Certificate reviews and provides a solid understanding of data science and the role of the data scientist in the real-world environment. Participants 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 programs’ final course will include a capstone project that draws on 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.

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

Admission to the program requires an Undergraduate degree or College diploma, and successful completion of a basic Statistics course.

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. Professionals who work in finance, insurance, healthcare and marketing may be interested in upskilling their credentials to take advantage of the increasing number of jobs that are posted looking for data analytic skill sets. 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 email our main office or phone us at 519-767-5000.

[1] Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). (2015), “Big Data and the Intelligence Economy.” Retrieved from

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