Data Science Essentials online short course

Course starts 26 February 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
18 February 2020
Course Starts:
26 February 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
8 - 10 hours per week, entirely online
USD $1,900
Payment Options
UC Berkeley School of Information
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Big data has transformed and continues to transform the global business environment. In this ever-growing world, the ability to draw insights from data has made data scientists prized assets within organizations.

By 2020, the number of data science and analytics jobs is projected to grow to more than 2.7 million.*

This means it is now imperative for managers and working professionals to have a reasonable understanding of the principles of data science and use these techniques and findings to inform business decisions, while recruiting and retaining the right talent to drive change in organizations.

The Data Science Essentials online short course equips you to take on these challenges. You will learn the foundations of data science for business, allowing you to articulate the value these techniques can bring, and apply them for success.

On successful completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion from the UC Berkeley School of Information that will serve as proof of your experience.


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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from the UC Berkeley School of Information in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Develop the skills and practices necessary to become a successful leader of a data-driven organization
  • Make informed decisions regarding data science and its impact on your business
  • Tackle the challenges associated with leading a data science project
  • Establish a team capable of delivering results through data science projects

Course curriculum

Build a foundation in the principles of data science and find out how you can use these skills to add value to your organization, as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Principles of data science 
  • Module 2 Data science processes, impact, and functions
  • Module 3 Modern applications of data science
  • Module 4 Building a data science team
  • Module 5 Measuring the success of data science projects
  • Module 6 Digital transformation strategies

As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.

Understand the theory behind the science

This UC Berkeley School of Information online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you gain the skills needed to motivate for the inclusion of data science, and lead its implementation in your organization. Through your new understanding of the principles that underpin data science, you’ll be well equipped to add value to your business and find solutions to business problems.

Your Faculty Director

Design of this online course is guided by the UC Berkeley School of Information faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and subject-matter expertise with you throughout the course.

Edward Fine

Edward Fine

Faculty Director, Data Scientist and Consultant, UC Berkeley School of Information

Earn a certificate of completion from the UC Berkeley School of Information

Get recognized for your knowledge when you earn a certificate of completion from the UC Berkeley School of Information – and use it to set yourself apart as a business leader versed in the principles and business applications of data science.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 26 February 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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