Data Science certificate program

Advance your knowledge and hone your skills in the world of data science through this course, designed for both beginners and experienced users, that covers a wide range of topics, including: 

  • Python introduction or refresher, depending on your current skill level  
  • advanced data types, databases, SQL, and data exploration techniques, including machine learning  algorithms
  • labs using open-sourced tools to translate concepts into practice and provide real-world context 

Starts: May 17, 2021
Format: completely online, 6-week courses
Engagement:  topical discussions on foundational course content, and current articles and media
Commitment:  approximately 5-10h per week; 30-60 hours total for the program
Assessments and certification: successful completion of weekly assignments earns a Certificate of completion from the College of Engineering at WSU (Wayne State University)

  • WSU enrolled students:  $250/course
  • WSU Alums:  $600/course
  • Others:  $1,200/course

* Discounts available for Corporate Partners or companies with 5+ registrants

Technology requirement: Any laptop or smartphone with internet access

Register for online classes

Course Materials

Course materials will be available electronically at the start of the course.


INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENTS: Individual assessments are not timed and are multiple-choice questions.

ENGAGEMENT: You must make at least 2 posts, per week. Your posts/comments can either be on the Course Feed or Course Help sections. For example, you can make 1 newsfeed and 1 discussion comment, 2 newsfeed comments or 2 discussion comments each week and receive full credit.


  • Lab sessions do not contribute to final certification grade.
  • Labs involve running simulations using NumPy, Pandas, data manipulation and machine learning (ML) algorithms.

Course Schedule by Week

Week Topics Engagement

Individual Assessments

Lab Sessions


Fundamentals of Data Science: Why Statistics? Intro to ML, and Structure


Individual Assessment-1

Lab 1

Python Refresher: Operators, Expressions, Functions, Data Structures and Strings


Individual Assessment-2


Advanced Data Manipulation: NumPy, Pandas


Individual Assessment-3

Lab 2

SQL in Data Science and Data Analysis


Individual Assessment-4


Factorization and Visualization


Individual Assessment-5

Lab 3

Machine Learning


Individual Assessment-6