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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. 

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 will provide you a solid understanding of data science and the role of the data scientist in the real-world environment. The certificate is a cohort program and the three 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. 


  • Data Analyst 
  • Data Scientist 
  • Data Science Specialist 

Learn more about a career in data science 


This program requires the completion of three required courses. The certificate is a cohort program and the three required courses must be completed in order. 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. 


Enrolment is on a course-by-course basis and there is no application required. This program is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age or have completed Grade 12 or equivalent. Course availability changes each semester. It is recommended you submit notification requests for each course in the program to be informed when registration opens. Course registration closes seven days after the start of the semester.

Complete three required courses. Request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal once all requirements are met.

The certificate can be completed within one year.

The price per course is currently $1,050. Course prices are subject to change and are not guaranteed. The total cost of the program may vary depending on available discounts* and the length of time to completion.

*There are early bird and alumni tuition discounts available for this program.

Additional Information 

If you would like additional information about this program, please contact our Main Office.  

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