The world runs on data — and a new certificate is set to help people develop the skills they need to become leaders in the field.
The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) at the University of Toronto has launched a Data Science Certificate to help professionals gain essential job-ready skills, which will support them to open doors to new advancements and employment opportunities.
Estimates suggest that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated every day. It’s not surprising that professionals increasingly find that data science skills are in demand. Society is experiencing a transformative shift in the production, collection and use of data. As a result, organizations need skilled professionals capable of analyzing large amounts of data, uncovering valuable insights and defining the story hidden in the numbers.
Previous experience with data science isn’t needed to apply. The only prerequisite for the certificate is a degree in a field outside of computer science or statistics.
Why is the DSI offering this certificate?
The DSI is a central hub and incubator for data science research, training and partnerships at U of T. The DSI is accelerating the impact of data across disciplines to address pressing societal issues and drive positive social change. Training is an integral component of the DSI’s mission, aligned with the University’s aim to support life-long learning.
Learn from private-sector experts
The DSI Data Science Certificate offers the unique opportunity to learn from private-sector experts during the case studies in each course. The case study component provides learners with important insights into the professional world of data science analytics.
In addition, the certificate offers busy professionals flexibility. The certificate is fully online, and learners can choose a single course to improve their skills in a specific area or earn a full certificate by taking six of the eight courses offered. The courses are designed to ensure learners master the core competencies in foundational data science, including SQL, R and Python, and gain hands-on experience through real-world case studies.
What pilot participants are saying
The DSI ran a successful set of course pilots with over 100 learners over the summer.