Data Science

Learn to leverage the power of big data to extract insights and improve decision making for real-world problems. Gain hands-on experience in data management and visualization, machine learning, statistical models, and more for a career in data science. Format: Online

This program is perfect for...

  • Multidisciplinary professionals seeking to learn or enhance data analytics skills
  • Aspiring data scientists looking to build skills in data management, visualization, and programming
  • Technologists and software developers interested in a career shift to data analytics

What you can learn.

  • Explore data sets with Python
  • Gain expertise in exploratory data analysis (EDA) and advanced data visualization, using R and Tableau
  • Learn foundational tools and techniques for analyzing data, delivering insights, and building forecasting models
  • Apply machine learning techniques using Python to train, evaluate, improve performance, and present statistical analyses
  • Understand the management of big data, types of NoSQL data stores, and the Hadoop ecosystem

Build the foundation for a career in data science.

Data Science at UCLA Extension

Today’s data scientist is a business-savvy, data-driven problem solver with the insights to ask the right questions and the skills to find the correct answers. The role is part art and part science, requiring big data management, programming, statistics, and machine learning for extracting, analyzing, and communicating findings.

The UCLA Extension Certificate in Data Science is offered in two program formats: standard and intensive. Both offer the foundational knowledge necessary for a career as a data scientist, data analyst, or business analyst.

  • Standard Program
    Complete at your own pace. All courses are offered online and in-person. Most students finish the program in 6-15 months.
  • Intensive Program
    Earn your Data Science Certificate in just 10 weeks. Required courses are taken together as a bundle, but offer the same rigor and credentials as our standard program option. Classes are provided online via remote instruction three times per week.

Standard vs. Intensive

Which program format is right for you?

  Standard Intensive



Online Courses

Academic Certificate

Online Career Services

6-24 Months


10 Weeks


*Textbooks/Materials Not Included



UCLA extension’s Data Science Certificate equipped me with the skills and certification I needed to attain a position in a software company. The instructors are some of the best in the industry, so I learned the skills that are in high demand without having a data science background.

German Acevedo Canto
Data Science Certificate Graduate


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
COM SCI X 450.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 450.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 450.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Machine Learning Course
Students must complete one of the following courses.
COM SCI X 450.4
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 450.41
Suggested Prerequisite
COM SCI X 450.00 is a suggested prerequisite course for students with limited or no prior programming, statistics, or data analytics knowledge. 
COM SCI X 450.00
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

10-Week Data Science Intensive

Fast-track your studies and earn your Data Science Certificate in one quarter. All classes meet via remote instruction three times per week for 10 weeks. The program fee includes the four required courses, which are taken concurrently in a specially designed intensive format. 

To enroll: 

  1. From the 'Apply Now' button below, complete the online application and pay the application fee
  2. Once your application is approved, you may enroll in the intensive format
*Courses in this program are not paid for individually

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International Students seeking a longer program should consider our 9-course certificate in Data Science with a Concentration in Cybersecurity.

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.

Acceptable tests and minimum scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

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