Graduate Certificate for Data Science

 The University of Michigan Graduate Data Science Certificate Program provides graduate science, technology and skills training for data scientists. The program emphasizes the practice of modeling using modern technology to handle large, incongruent, and heterogeneous collections of data. The Graduate Certificate for Data Science is issued by the Rackham School for Graduate Studies. The Program provides interactive data-centered training and involves 9 credits of courses and 3 credits of experiential training that require a written report on data analytics. Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) faculty from different disciplines provide student mentorship and curriculum advising. MIDAS offers merit-based top-off scholarships for graduate students enrolled in the Certificate program. Completion of the program is expected in 2-4 semesters. The Data Science Certificate program aims to provide core experiences in:

  • (Modeling) Understanding of core Data Science principles, assumptions & applications;
  • (Technology) Data management, computation, information extraction & analytics;
  • (Practice) Hands-on experience with modeling tools and technology using real data.

Who is eligible?

University of Michigan graduate students from any field are eligible to enroll.

Program Requirements

Below are requirements for earning a Graduate Data Science Certificate Program.

  1. Nine (9) graduate credit hours of coursework in approved courses. These courses are designated as core and elective Methods, Technology or Applications — at six (6) course hours must be from the core Modeling and Technology courses. Only one course may be double-counted with another Rackham degree program.
  2. Three (3) graduate credits in Data Science related experience that is approved by the MIDAS DS Program Committee. This can take the form of non-credit activity like an internship, practicum or professional project equivalent to a three credit hour course, or additional coursework of at least three credits from the approved course list. (This course may be double-counted with another Rackham degree program.) To satisfy this “Plus Requirement” with a data-related experience, students will have to complete and submit to the DS Certificate Program Chair a report describing their experience and results, which will be evaluated to ensure the project demonstrates Data Science content, relevance and applications.
  3. Annual Graduate Research Symposium, which provides graduate students with an opportunity to present the results of their research in talks and poster sessions, will be required and will ensure the students’ interaction with MIDAS faculty. Ph.D. students will be encouraged to make an oral or poster presentation.
  4. Attend the MIDAS seminar series throughout the time of enrollment in the program.

Program Chair

Associate Professor Ivo Dinov,

The complete Data Science certificate Program details are available online at