Data is everywhere—from e-commerce sales, app downloads to a smartphone, to supply chain management or bioinformatics or connected devices. And that massive increase in the amount and variety of data being collected is translating to an exponential growth in the computer power needed to process that data.



Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises one core course, one programming course, one machine learning course and up to four units of electives for a total of 10 semester units (150 hours of instruction). You must pay a nonrefundable certificate application fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA), with a grade of C or better (no C-minus grades) in each course. A Certificate With Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 4.0 (effective to those who register beginning Jan. 2, 2018). 

All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the certificate. However, requirements may be updated based on new developments in the field of study; we recommend completing the curriculum in a timely fashion. 

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Data Science, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated cost of $5,100 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have complete the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to or call (510) 642-4151. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved (usually within two to three weeks), your certificate will be mailed to you.

Advising Services

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Advisory Board

June Andrews
Staff data scientist

Helena Buhr
Product manager for news feed

Jonathan Dinu
Ph.D. Student, HCII
Carnegie Mellon University

Ted Dunning
Chief application architect
MapR Technologies

Derek Farren
Principal data scientist

Tom Fawcett
Principal data scientist
Silicon Valley Data Science

Lee Fleming
Faculty Director, Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership
Coleman Fung Chair in Engineering Leadership
IEOR, College of Engineering
Management of Organizations, Haas School of Business

Kevin Koy
Executive director
Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)

Gregory P. La Blanc
Faculty director, instructor
UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education

Lecturer and chair of professional faculty
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Elijah Meeks
Senior data visualization engineer

Ofer Mendelevitch
VP, Data Science

Allan Miller
Freelance data scientist, quantitative analyst, R programmer
Instructor, UC Berkeley Extension

John Mount
Principal consultant
Win-Vector LLC

Kiran Patchigolla
Director of Big Data Platforms

Jason Sundram
Quantitative engineer, data science lead

Reena Tiwari
Senior director, IT

Nina Zumel
Principal consultant
Win-Vector LLC