Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. When should I apply for the Certificate?

A. Students may apply at any time during their UC Berkeley graduate career, either before or after taking courses that would count toward the certificate, but we encourage you to apply as soon as you know that you are interested. Students who are graduating at the end of Fall 2019 must apply by October 15, 2019.

Q. Who is eligible to apply for the I School’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science?

A. Current UC Berkeley graduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the Graduate Certificate. The Certificate serves as a complement to your existing graduate degree program. Students should also plan time in their schedules to take the three Certificate courses before graduating.

Q. Are undergraduate students eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science?

A. No, undergraduate students are not eligible for this program. We recommend that undergraduate students interested in data science take courses from the Data Science Education Program.

Q. Do you offer a standalone certificate program that members of the community can enroll in if they are not already UC Berkeley graduate students?

A. The School of Information does not offer a standalone certificate program open to members of the community. If you are not a current UC Berkeley graduate student, but you are interested in a data science certificate, we recommend the UC Extension Certificate in Data Science Program.

Q. I’m interested in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science, and I’m a current UC Berkeley graduate student, but I have no knowledge of computer programming or statistics. What should I do to prepare before starting the Certificate requirements?

A. We recommend that you take other courses or workshops in Python programming and in basic statistics. If you wish to take courses in these areas from the School of Information, we recommend INFO 206A and INFO 206B for learning Python programming basics, INFO 271B for learning statistical methods, and INFO 298: Intro to Data Science for Graduate Students for statistics and conceptual understanding of data science techniques. These courses don’t count toward the Certificate, but will help prepare you for it. There are many other excellent courses on these topics in other departments as well; consult your departmental advisor for recommendations in your field. Workshops offered by campus units such as the D-Lab may also be helpful. We also recommend you plan which courses you will use to fulfill the certificate requirements, then check the prerequisites of those specific courses and design a plan to meet them.

Q. What if I am in a one-year master’s program? Are there any special considerations for me with respect to the Certificate in Applied Data Science?

A. If your master’s program is a one-year program, and you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science, then you will need to plan carefully to ensure you can take all three courses and meet relevant prerequisites. Start by connecting with your major adviser to determine the best schedule for you.

Q. Will the “Research Design and Applications for Data and Analysis” course that fulfills the core requirement of the Certificate be offered in Spring 2020?

A. Yes, we plan to offer this course in both fall and spring semesters.

Q. How much does the Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science cost?

A. There is no independent cost for this program. You do need to be in good academic standing and have paid all relevant tuition and fees for your current graduate program at UC Berkeley in order to be eligible to take classes.

Q. How can I request to use a course that isn’t on the list of approved courses? Is there an approval or waiver process?

A. We are not currently accepting course substitution or waiver requests for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science from students. Our faculty curriculum committee only considers submissions directly from faculty members or departments who wish to request that their course count toward one of the Certificate requirements. Faculty or staff who wish to submit a syllabus for consideration should contact I School Assistant Dean of Academic Programs Catherine Cronquist Browning.

Q. If I took one of the courses that counts toward the Graduate Certificate in a prior semester, does that count?

A. UC Berkeley graduate courses taken from Fall 2018 forward can be counted toward the Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science. (You do need to have been a graduate student when you took the relevant course).

Q. Are alumni eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science retroactively?

A. No, unfortunately we cannot issue the certificate retroactively. If you have already graduated, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Q. What do I receive once I complete the Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science?

A. Upon successful completion of all requirements, you will receive a certificate with the designation: “Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science.” This designation certifies that you have participated in, and successfully completed, a Certificate Program in Applied Data Science in addition to your home department’s requirements for your degree. The award of the certificate will also be posted to your transcript.

Last updated:

October 9, 2019