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Foundations of Data Science Microcredential

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The Foundations of Data Science microcredential gives introduces you to the advanced computational skills and technical knowledge needed to meet emerging challenges in big data analytics. Learn to extract meaningful insights from data, and then turn that knowledge into easy-to-understand presentations that will inform and direct strategic management decisions.

The Foundations of Data Science microcredential is offered through DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media. You will begin the microcredential in fall 2021 with a non-credit-bearing eight-week prep workshop. You will take three 10-week graduate courses between January and June 2022. The 12 credit hours of graduate work count towards the full Master of Science in Data Science, and you will have completed about one-third of the full degree program.

This program will be offered online. Classes include a combination of synchronous (live) instruction and discussion and asynchronous (on demand) coursework. The synchronous classes will meet one to two evenings per week.

For more information about the microcredential in data science, register for an information session or contact Ann Hurley for a 1:1 advising appointment.

Required courses

  • Prep Workshop (non-credit-bearing)
    • R Programming for Data Science
    • Math for Data Science
  • Fundamentals of Data Science
  • Data Analysis and Regression
  • Data Visualization

How to Apply

Initiate the online graduate application at

Select Graduate and create an account.

Select College of Computing and Digital Media

Select entry term: FALL 2021

Select Yes for employer cohort.

Choose your employer or organization from the drop-down menu. 

  • If your employer has EdAssist, you will not see your company on the drop-down list. Choose Continue. Under the Additional Information tab, click Add New under Employer Name. This will open a pop-up box where you can select your employer from the EdAssist list. You also should check the Yes button next to "Is your employer part of the EdAssist network?"

If you do not see your employer, email

Submit your résumé in the online application or email it to

Submit Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Individuals with an international degree are required to provide a course- by-course evaluation from one of these three approved agencies. Students who earned a bachelor's degree outside of the U.S. must present proof of English proficiency to be considered for admission. DePaul CDM accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English or Duolingo English Test (DET) as proof of English proficiency. Most scores are valid for two years only.

Transcripts may be submitted electronically by your college or university to or mailed to the address below:

DePaul University
CDM Graduate Admission Office
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 8500
Chicago, IL 60604.

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