Start a Rewarding Career in Data Science

The world runs on information. We are surrounded by huge amounts of data, and businesses, governments, and NGOs must be able to analyze this data effectively. The Graduate Certificate in Data Science will provide you with the core technical proficiencies to visualize and analyze data, building on your current knowledge to help you become a data scientist.

The program provides a standalone data science certification. Credits from the program can also be applied to many graduate degrees offering a data science track.

Courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. You can earn data science credentials to increase your contributions in your current job and position yourself for advancement. American University's Graduate Certificate is your key to an exciting and lucrative career in data science.

Earn your data science certificate in just two evenings per week.

In this 12-credit hour program, you will learn to use R programming language and other leading-edge technologies to visualize, analyze, categorize, and build prediction models for data. The coursework covers data science, statistical programming, statistical machine learning, and regression.

Review the program requirements.

Knowledgeable faculty dedicated to your success.

Courses in the certificate program are taught by the same knowledgeable, innovative, and widely published professors who teach our master of arts, master of science, and undergraduate courses. You will learn the theories of data science and practical skills from respected experts in the field.

Work, study, and make a difference in the nation's capital.

Consistently ranked as one of the best cities for job seekers , Washington, DC, offers data scientists unparalleled access to private and public sector opportunities. You can contract with high-profile clients—such as Deloitte Consulting, Amazon, Booz Allen Hamilton, National Institutes of Health, BNY Mellon, Cambridge Associates, and the Peace Corps—and network with other professionals in the field. AU graduates start with a foot in the door, due to the university's institutional relationships with government agencies, locally based companies, and non-profit organizations.

Respected positions in a growing field.

Data scientists look into data to derive important knowledge and insights. This knowledge and these insights are very valuable to employers. Demand for data scientists is growing in nearly every sector of business and government. Data scientists are highly sought after and well paid.

In the Graduate Certificate in Data Science program, you will develop the skills to visualize and analyze data in any field. There is no end to the ways you can use the skills you will build in the Graduate Certificate in Data Management program.


You need to have taken at least one statistics course or Calculus I.

No. If you have not taken either intermediate statistics or STAT 514, you may take STAT 514 concurrently with Statistical Programming in R (STAT 612).

The certificate program is designed to be completed in 9 months. If you need STAT 514, you should take it over the summer so you can complete your coursework during the following school year.

Yes. The courses all apply to a Master of Science in Statistics and other degrees.

Student Spotlight

AU’s Data Science Certificate empowers developing scientists.

Laura C. Blevins entered the data science certificate program while pursuing her PhD. Her doctoral work focuses on methods in neuroimaging and neuromodulation. Because the ability to read, write, and interpret big data is vital in her chosen field, she finds the data science program has broadened her statistical background and empowers her to perform sophisticated analyses with rich data sets.