Online Data Science Certificate: What to Expect


Woman leading a data analytics meeting with two other men.Data science is a growing field with a large demand for those who have knowledge to solve real-world data science problems. We’ve put together some key information to help you decide if UTSA Online’s 100% Online Data Science program is the right one for you.

What Can I Expect from an Online Data Science Certificate?

There are a variety of career paths you can follow with a data science background, ranging from careers in national security and defense, business, engineering, healthcare, and a variety of science fields. Some of the common job titles related to data science include data analyst, data architect, or database developer. UTSA Online’s Data Science Certificate prepares you for real-world applications and helps you build useful skills such as using, retrieving, analyzing, manipulating, and visualizing data. These skills allow data science professionals to succeed in a field that the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates will grow by 36% in the next decade, and you can become one of them!

What Coursework Can I Expect?

UTSA Online offers both an undergraduate and a graduate certificate. The undergraduate certificate offers 5 courses totaling 15 hours of coursework. The required courses for UTSA Online’s undergraduate certificate are:

  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Programming for Data Science
  • Data Organization and Visualization
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Applied Statistics

The graduate certificate requires a research component, and offers the same 4 courses italicized above, with 1 different class:

  • Statistical Methods in Research and in Practice

All of our Data Science faculty hold Ph.D.’s from top level universities. These professors are the same faculty teaching the same rigorous courses to our on-campus students, so 100% Online Data Science courses have the exact same quality as UTSA’s on-campus courses.

What Does a Data Science Career Look Like?

The U.S. BLS 2021 median pay for data scientists is $100,910 per year, or $48.52 per hour. In 2021, the number of data science jobs reported were over 100,000. The largest employers, according to the BLS, were computer systems design services, company management, insurance carriers, scientific and technical consulting services, and scientific research services. The important qualities of a data scientist reported by the BLS include analytical, computer, communication, logical-thinking, math, and problem-solving skills. And guess what? Both of UTSA Online’s 100% Online certificate programs are focused in building and improving those skills.

The undergraduate certificate in Data Science is a great add-on if you’re are currently pursuing an existing degree program or if you have earned a bachelor’s degree, and the graduate certificate in Data Science is a great add-on for students in a master’s program, or as a standalone credential to build onto your existing skill set. This certificate will provide you with important courses that can add on to your current degree program in areas like Math, Statistics, Engineering, and Computer Science.

Why Should I Consider A Data Sciences Certificate Online from UTSA?

UTSA is a Tier One research university, and UTSA’s 100% online programs are ranked among the best in the nation. An online certificate is ideal for you if you need more flexibility while furthering your education, and if you’re looking to gain further education in a field you have experience in. The undergraduate Data Science certificate is designed for individuals from all academic backgrounds, with no prior Data Science experience required. The graduate Data Science certificate is great for those wanting to learn more about data science for their current role, or people who want to make a career change into data science. Working professionals often benefit from an online certificate because of the flexibility and short timeframe offered. Does this sound like a good opportunity for you to advance your career? There’s more!

UTSA Online’s 100% online undergraduate and graduate Data Science certificates will allow you to pace yourself and work towards completing your certificates in a way that fits your busy lifestyle. You won’t need to worry about having to make it to campus on time, or spend a long time finding a parking spot. You can complete your courses at your own pace, at a time that is convenient for you, without jeopardizing the personal and professional aspects of your life.

In addition to that, you will also save a significant amount of money. UTSA Online’s undergraduate and graduate Data Science certificate programs are very affordable, among the most affordable online programs in Texas, with a cost of $450 per credit hour. There are no additional fees and no out-of-state tuition. This means you can work towards getting your certificate from anywhere, and without any interruptions. UTSA Online also offers scholarships and financial aid to help make your education even more affordable!


Are You Interested in one of UTSA Online Data Science Programs?

If want to pursue an undergraduate certificate in Data Science, you can get in touch with UTSA Online’s Enrollment Team at 210-458-4000 or onlineenrollment@utsa.edu.

If the graduate certificate in Data Science is the right choice for you, you can contact the UTSA Online Graduate Enrollment team at 210-458-4400 or OnlineGrad@utsa.edu.

We’re here to help you through the admission process and to answer any questions you may have!

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Posted on December 8th, 2022 in Blog Content

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