Certificate in Data Science

How to Apply

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11 Apr 12-1pm ET
Knowledge@Noon: Addressing Biases in Data Analysis  

Application Dates

Fall 2022 Cohort

Application Opens—Jan 1

  • Deadline—Aug 5

Spring 2023 Cohort

Application Opens—Jun 1

  • Deadline—Jan 20

Summer 2023 Cohort

Application Opens—Sep 1

  • Deadline—Feb 15

Program Prerequisites

  • Completion of at least two college-level math courses (e.g. statistics, calculus)
  • Familiarity with Python, a general purpose programming language used for data analysis
  • A laptop for class meetings and coursework
  • Students must have general competence with algebra (to build models) and statistics (to analyze data) in addition to a basic understanding of calculus (to understand optimization problems)

Computer Programming Prerequisites

  • Students who have limited or no programming experience are strongly encouraged to gain basic skills in Python prior to enrolling in the program
  • We recommend enrolling in Python Basics for Data Analysis and SQL Fundamentals prior to applying

Computing Requirements

Students will be expected to use a personal laptop to complete analytics and programming workshops and a Capstone project. Students should have administrative access and be able to install required course software and libraries. We recommend the following minimum computing requirements:

  • A laptop with at least a dual-core 1.8 GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and 20 GB free hard disk space (e.g. a laptop purchased in the past two years).
  • A modern operating system: Windows 10 or newer (updated to the latest semi-annual channel version), OS X 10.15 Catalina or newer, or Ubuntu 20.04 or newer (or an equivalent Linux distribution). OS X and Linux are strongly encouraged.
  • Administrator access on your system to install new software.
  • Python 3.8 (or later) or Anaconda 2020.07 (or later) installed on your system.
  • A command prompt available (Powershell on Windows, Terminal on OS X or Linux).

Please note that computing requirements and software dependencies may change. Students should check the course syllabus for the latest updates to the computing requirements.

Please review the refund policies in our Student Handbook before completing your registration.

Degree Requirement

You must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in order to enroll in our certificate programs. For each cohort, an application review committee offers admission to a diverse group of students to enrich the classroom experience.

Tips for the Online Application

  • Our online application securely stores your information and saves your progress so you can update and complete your information at your convenience
  • Click the “SAVE” button at each stage of the application process to ensure that your work and documents are uploaded

International Students

International students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in certificate courses. However, Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for noncredit professional certificate programs.

A TOEFL examination is not required for non-native speakers of English but students are expected to read, write, and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.

Students from most countries may register for our online certificate programs, however, due to international laws, residents of certain countries are prohibited from registering.