online certificate

If you're a technology-oriented working professional or a recent college graduate seeking an advantage in a competitive job market, the School of Informatics and Computing's online certificate in Data Science could help you take the next step in your career. The affordable, flexible certificate is taught by the School's world-leading Informatics & Computing faculty and covers a wide range of course options in Computer Science, Informatics, and Information/Library Science.

Broad online curriculum

Our certificate's convenient online format adjusts to your life and your schedule. With a broad range of courses available on topics such as cloud computing, health and medicine, high-performance computing, and data analysis, you can tailor your curriculum to suit your interests. Students must complete 12 credit hours to earn the certificate. Courses must be selected from the approved Course Offerings list. Any four courses from the list may be taken for the certificate. Note that in terms of difficulty and content, these classes are the same as those taken to fulfill a Master's degree. The only difference is the requirements needed to achieve a certificate. In addition, the classes you complete for a certificate can then be applied towards receiving a Master's in Data Science at a later date should you so choose.

How to Apply


Online Application

To apply to the Online Certificate in Data Science, you will need to complete and submit an online application.

Statement of Purpose

Upload your Statement of Purpose as a PDF with your online application. Please be sure to note at the top of your statement: M.S. in Data Science - Personal Statement. Your statement can be submitted only once. It should be a minimum of 500 words and clearly explain your background in a relevant undergraduate or graduate major and the reasons you wish to pursue the degree. Please be concise, authentic, and sincere - your statement will be evaluated by the Data Science Program Curriculum Committee for anticipated success, as well as preparation and fit. Please indicate if you seek to begin the program as an online or as a residential student, and if you plan to explore the hybrid (part online/part residential) option in the future.


Upload your résumé/CV as a PDF with your online application. Résumés/CVs can be submitted only once.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three (3) letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from academic and/or professional references who can attest to your abilities, accomplishments, strengths, knowledge, and experience. If you have experience as a teaching assistant, you may want to consider asking your teaching supervisor to write a recommendation on your behalf. Please note that if you have been working in a related career for at least two years, or if your academic work is in a tech-related field, one letter of recommendation will suffice.

Transcripts and Degree Certifications

Upload scanned copies of your transcript(s) and degree certification(s) with your online application or send a scanned copy of your transcipt(s) and degree certification(s) as an attachment to

NOTE: If you are admitted to the certificate program, you will be required to have the registrar or record-keeping official from each institution at which your previous work was completed send us your official transcripts and degree certifications. Our mailing address is:

Data Science Graduate Studies Office
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University
711 N. Park Ave
Bloomington, IN 47408 USA