Data Science 8-Week Program

Are you looking to build a career as a data analyst or data scientist, or need to better understand data science in your current position? This 2-month certificate gives you in-depth understanding about how to effectively use data to make sound business decisions. Learn how to perform advanced data wrangling, data mining, statistical modeling and machine learning on data sets that may be very large and complex.

Everything you learn can be put to use in the workplace immediately.

Program Benefits

Fast-Paced Curriculum

Attend 3 hours of classes and workshops each day, Monday–Friday. Earn 8 academic credits (120 hours of instruction total).

Real-World Experience

Develop real solutions using key data analysis and Big Data tools (Spark, R, Python, TensorFlow, relational databases and SQL).

Academic Excellence

Learn at a top-ranked global public university.

Schedule

Progress through each topic, week by week, learning alongside your fellow classmates.

Weeks 1–2: Introduction to Data Science

Gain an understanding of the core concepts of data science illustrated through the use of the R language. Gain foundational knowledge about the data science lifecycle, roles and fundamentals.

Weeks 3–4: Python for Data Analysis and Scientific Computing

Discover the power and flexibility of NumPy, SciPy and Matplotlib when dealing with heavy mathematical, engineering or scientific problems. Explore the concise and expressive use of Python's advanced module features and apply them in probability, statistical testing, signal processing, financial forecasting and other applications. You study mathematical operations with array data structures, optimization, Probability Density Function, interpolation, Fast Fourier transform, basic signal processing and other high-performance benefits.

Weeks 5–6: Introduction to Big Data

Big data comprises very large or complex data sets that cannot adequately be stored, processed or analyzed through traditional, relational database technologies. It also includes a wide variety of data types and high-velocity data streams. You gain an understanding of the concepts and issues related to designing and using big data systems.

Weeks 7–8: Business Intelligence With SQL Server

Business intelligence (BI) is revealed by combining operational information from various sources into a data mart and then providing insightful queries and reports to decision makers. Learn to analyze and develop a BI system, including programming examples using Microsoft SQL Server. You also learn to design insightful inquiries and reports, and gain an understanding of BI applications, data mart features, data mining algorithms and BI industry trends.

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate from an accredited institution.

Program Details

Summer 2020 (View semester-length Spring and Fall programs here.)

June 1–July 24, 2020

Apply by April 13

Tuition: $9,500 USD

This includes:

  • Course tuition and textbooks
  • Visa support
  • Housing advice and support
  • Orientation to Berkeley
  • International student fee
  • U.S. medical insurance
  • Academic advising

The tuition does not include:

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Personal activities

Admission requirements:

English-Language Proficiency Requirement

Whether you are a student, working professional or lifelong learner, you will need to demonstrate English proficiency to be considered for admission into any of our programs for international students.

Note: Your transcripts and credentials should reflect the coursework that you completed in English. Our Admissions Department will assess all documentation and inform you if additional items are needed. Please note that our admissions process is holistic and meeting the English-language proficiency requirement does not guarantee acceptance. Email internationaladmissions@berkeley.edu with questions or to learn more.

You can meet our English-language requirement in any of the following ways:

Test Scores

  • TOEFL: 90
  • IELTS: 7
  • DAAD: C1
  • Cambridge English First (FCE): C
  • TEM-4 or TEM-8: 70

Interview

You will satisfy the interview requirement if you have earned any one of the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL: 79–89
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEIC: 700–900
  • Cambridge English Preliminary (PET) Passing Grade
  • ELS Level 112 with an ELS GPA of 3.0

Or

  • You have passed an interview with a UC Berkeley Extension recruiter. Interviews are held in your home country.

Waiver

You may request a waiver if you meet one of the following requirements:

  • You have completed one year of full-time college-level instruction entirely in the English language.
  • You have successfully completed a university-level program in a country where English is the official language.
  • You are from a country on the exempt list. Contact an adviser for more information.

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