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Build in-demand skills needed to lead technical innovation with our comprehensive Post-Baccalaureate Data Science Certificate program.

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Data Science Online Certificate Program

As a student in the Post-Baccalaureate Data Science Certificate program, you will: 

Gain the fundamental skills required to make impactful, data-driven decisions.

Enhance problem-solving skills with practical data collection, interpretation, and communication.

Acquire valuable skills for leadership in data-driven decision-making.

Learn data visualization tools for clear, impactful communication of complex data.

Earn Your Post-Baccalaureate Data Science Certificate Online and Advance Your Career.

Complete the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Boost Your Credentials in Data Science Online.
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Data Science Certificate Program Overview

Our fully online Post-Baccalaureate Data Science Certificate program offers two distinct tracks designed to equip you with essential knowledge and skills in data structures, algorithms, hardware, and systems. These tracks provide you with on-ramps to advance your career or qualify for our online MS in Data Science.

Certificate Track: The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science is tailored for individuals first entering the data science field, offering a comprehensive foundation to pursue diverse career paths.

Master’s Track: The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science to MS in Data Science is ideal for those aspiring to obtain a Master of Science in Data Science, providing a seamless transition and deeper specialization.

Data Science Post-Baccalaureate Online Program by the Numbers

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U.S. News & World Report ranks data scientist as the No. 4 best job in tech in 2024.


You’ll gain a supportive global network of over 100,000 Tufts alumni.


US employment in the data science field is expected to grow 35 percent by 2032.¹

¹ U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2024.

Is the Tufts Online Data Science Certificate Program the Right Fit for You?

Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional looking to transition into data science, our program is designed to accommodate learners at all stages. Recommended for those with an interest in mathematics, statistics, or computer science, the online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science provides foundational courses to kickstart your career in this dynamic field or pursue advanced studies. No prior educational background experience in data science is required.

You’ll develop skills in data analysis and problem-solving through hands-on projects, preparing you for a successful career in data science.

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Post-Baccalaureate Data Science Certificate Program Curriculum Overview

Embark on a focused and rigorous journey through the Tufts Post-Baccalaureate Data Science Certificate program, delivered entirely online. Choose between two pathways: the Master’s Track or the Certificate Track, allowing for completion in either 12–24 months for the Certificate Track or 20–28 months for the Master’s Track.

The curriculum includes essential data science courses like Data Structures, Programming for Data Science, Discrete Mathematics, Introduction to Machine Learning, Linear Algebra, and Probabilistic Systems Analysis. Upon successful completion of these requirements with a grade of B- or higher, you’ll qualify for enrollment in our online MS in Data Science program and may be able to transfer up to six certificate credits toward the MS degree requirements.

Post-Baccalaureate Data Science Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

Data science has emerged as an essential discipline. As a student in the online post-baccalaureate certificate program, you will dive into foundational data science concepts and emerge ready to:

  • Develop a strong foundation in programming, enabling you to tackle complex data challenges with confidence and proficiency.
  • Gain a robust understanding of coding principles to write efficient, scalable, and maintainable code.
  • Acquire specific programming skills including data manipulation, analysis, and visualization techniques.
  • Comprehend the underlying principles and algorithms used in data science, facilitating deeper insights and informed decision-making.
  • Tackle real-world data problems and extract meaningful insights.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Spring, summer, and fall cohorts are available.

Fall 2024
Priority Submit Deadline
May 13, 2024
Early Action Deadline
June 3, 2024
Early Decision Deadline
June 24, 2024
Final Submit Deadline
July 15, 2024

Data Science Job Outlook

Organizations are placing a premium on technical expertise. Consequently, the US data science job market is thriving, with a projected growth of 35 percent by 2032.¹ 

Online data science certificate programs equip students with the qualifications essential for entry-level data science jobs or for advancing their education with a master’s degree in the field.

¹ U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2024.

What Can You Do with a Data Science Certificate?

The 100% online data science certificate and master’s degree from Tufts can set you apart as a highly trained practitioner with the skills needed to move the data science field forward. Potential data science jobs for Tufts graduates include:

Job Title
Average Salary
Job Title Data science manager
Average Salary $146,667
Job Title Database architect
Average Salary $124,936
Job Title Machine learning engineer
Average Salary $118,347
Job Title Analytics manager
Average Salary $106,263
Job Title Data scientist
Average Salary $100,498
Job Title Data engineer
Average Salary $96,661
Job Title Statistician
Average Salary $88,028
Job Title Database administrator
Average Salary $78,789

Payscale, April 2024. Salaries shown above are based on average salaries reported to Payscale as of April 2024.

Why Choose Tufts University for Your Data Science Certificate?

As a world-class research institution, Tufts University is committed to developing leaders who are prepared to make an impact. Our community embraces individuality while fostering collaboration and inclusion to empower students to innovate on a global scale. 

The School of Engineering connects you to science, the arts, and humanities through transformative, hands-on educational experiences. We bridge the gap between ideas and real-world impact so you will graduate equipped with a forward-thinking mindset and technical skills to pursue multiple career options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The data speaks for itself. The demand for data science jobs is high, meaning compensation offers match the desire for new talent across industries. Many data scientists can earn over $100,000 a year within a few years, so the salary potential with a data science certificate credential is promising. Beyond monetary gain, completing a post-baccalaureate data science program can lead to greater, more diverse career opportunities in a field at the forefront of tech innovation.

As a graduate of the Tufts online data science certificate program, you can choose from numerous career paths depending on your interests. From data analysis and architecture to modeling and visualization, you’ll have the technical skills to expand your career opportunities and move into management roles. Check out our deep dive into common data science jobs.

Tufts University Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science Accreditation

Tufts University has been continually accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of seven regional higher education accrediting bodies in the United States, since 1929. Tufts is evaluated by and achieves accreditation from NECHE once every ten years. The next year for evaluation is 2033.