Data Science

Learn to leverage the power of big data to extract insights and improve decision making for real-world problems. Gain hands-on experience in data management and visualization, machine learning, statistical models, and more for a career in data science. Available Format: Online

This program is perfect for...

  • Professionals from a variety of sectors who want to learn data analytics or whose job now requires it
  • Technologists and software developers looking to switch careers into data analytics
  • Those with a statistics background who want to build out their skills in data management, visualization, and programming for a data science role

What you can learn.

  • Explore data sets with Python and learn the foundational tools and techniques to analyze data, deliver insights and build forecasting models
  • Gain expertise in Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) and advanced data visualization, using R and Tableau
  • Understand the management of big data, types of NoSQL data stores, and the framework of Hadoop and its ecosystem
  • Apply machine learning techniques using R to train, evaluate, improve performance and present analyses of statistical models

About this certificate.

Data Science at UCLA Extension

Today’s data scientist is a data-driven problem solver who must not only have the business acumen and customer insights to ask the right question, but also the skills to then answer it correctly. Part art, part science, you’ll combine skills in data management, programming, statistics and machine learning to extract, analyze, and communicate your findings.

Our Data Science Certificate is offered in two program formats: standard and intensive. Both offer the foundational knowledge needed for a career as a data scientist, data analyst or business analyst.

  • Standard Program
    Complete at your own pace. All courses are offered in online format. Most students finish the program in 6-15 months.
  • Intensive Program
    Earn your Data Science Certificate in just 10 weeks. Required courses are taken together as a bundle, but offer the same rigor and credentials as our standard program option. Classes are provided via remote instruction online 3 times per week.

Standard vs. Intensive

Which program format is right for you?

  Standard Intensive



Online Courses

Academic Certificate

Online Career Services

6-24 Months


10 Weeks


*Textbooks/Materials Not Included



UCLA extension’s Data Science Certificate equipped me with the skills and certification I needed to attain a position in a software company. The instructors are some of the best in the industry, so I learned the skills that are in high demand without having a data science background.

German Acevedo Canto
Data Science Certificate Graduate

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
COM SCI X 450.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 450.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 450.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 450.4
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Suggested Prerequisite
COM SCI X 450.00 is a suggested prerequisite course for students with limited or no prior programming, statistics, or data analytics knowledge. 
COM SCI X 450.00
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Optional Internship Elective
COM SCI X 460.100 Digital Technology Internship may be taken as an optional elective course. It is not required for the certificate. 

10-Week Data Science Intensive

Fast-track your studies and earn your Data Science Certificate in one quarter. All classes meet via remote instruction three times per week for 10 weeks. The program fee includes the four required courses, which are taken concurrently in a specially designed intensive format. 

To enroll: 

  1. From the 'Apply Now' button below, complete the online application and pay the application fee
  2. Once your application is approved, you may enroll in the intensive format
*Courses in this program are not paid for individually

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

As an optional elective, Data Science Certificate students may receive credit for successful completion of an internship.

To be eligible, students must be a current Data Science Certificate candidate, and have completed a minimum of 12 units toward the required curriculum with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

Learn More

The Data Science Certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met. 

English language proficiency (minimum*):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5 
*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language courses.

Learn more:

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

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