IBM Data Science Professional Certificate
Kickstart your Career in Data Science & ML. Master data science, learn Python & SQL, analyze & visualize data, build machine learning models.
About this Professional Certificate
Applied Learning Project
This professional certificate has a strong emphasis on applied learning. Except for the first course, all other courses include a series of hands-on labs and are performed in the IBM Cloud (without any cost to you). Throughout this Professional Certificate you are exposed to a series of tools, libraries, cloud services, datasets, algorithms, assignments and projects that will provide you with practical skills with applicability to real jobs that employers value, including:
Tools: Jupyter / JupyterLab, Zeppelin notebooks, R Studio, and Watson Studio
Libraries: Pandas, NumPy, Matplotlib, Seaborn, Folium, ipython-sql, Scikit-learn, ScipPy, etc.
Projects: random album generator, predict housing prices, best classifier model, battle of neighborhoods
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
Svetlana LevitanSenior Developer Advocate with IBM Center for Open Data and AI Technologies
IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world's most advanced servers and supercomputers. Utilizing its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM helps clients become "smarter" as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected. IBM invests more than $6 billion a year in R&D, just completing its 21st year of patent leadership. IBM Research has received recognition beyond any commercial technology research organization and is home to 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, 6 Turing Awards, and 10 Inductees in US Inventors Hall of Fame.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the refund policy?
If you subscribed, you get a 7-day free trial during which you can cancel at no penalty. After that, we don’t give refunds, but you can cancel your subscription at any time. See our full refund policy.
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Certificate, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Certificate. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Professional Certificate?
The certificate requires completion of 9 courses. Each course typically contains 3-6 modules with an average effort of 2 to 4 hours per module. If learning part-time (e.g. 1 module per week), it would take 6 to 12 months to complete the entire certificate. If learning full-time (e.g. 1 module per day) the certificate can be completed in 2 to 3 months.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This certificate is open for anyone with any job and academic background. No prior computer programming experience is necessary, but is an asset. Familiarity working with computers, high school math, communication and presentation skills. For the last few courses knowledge of Calculus and Linear Algebra is an asset but not an absolute requirement.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes, it is highly recommended to take the courses in the order they are listed, as they progressively build on concepts taught in previous courses. For example the Data Visualization, Python and Machine Learning courses require knowledge of Python.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Professional Certificate?
No, there is no University credits involved with taking these courses.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Professional Certificate?
Become job ready for a career in Data Science. Develop practical skills using hands-on labs in Cloud environments, projects and captsones.
I already completed some of the other courses in this Professional Certificate. Will I get "credit" for them?
If you have already completed some of the courses in this Professional Certificate, either individually or as part of another specialization, they will be marked as "Complete". So you do not have to take those courses again and will be able to finish the Professional Certificate faster. You will only need to complete the courses that you have not yet completed.
I have already completed the "Introduction to Data Science" Specialization. Can I still enroll for this Professional Certificate?
Yes, absolutely. Any courses that you have already completed as part of that Specialization will be marked as "Complete". So you do not have to take those courses again and will be able to finish the Professional Certificate faster.
Which should I enroll for - "Introduction to Data Science" Specialization, or this "Data Science Professional Certificate"?
This Professional Certificate consists of 9 courses. The "Introduction to Data Science" Specialization has 4 courses, all of which are also included in this Professional Certificate.
If you are unsure about your ability to commit to the level of effort and time required to complete this Professional Certificate, we recommend starting with the Introduction to Data Science Specialization, which has fewer courses. And if after earning the specialization certificate you are still determined to continue building your Data Science skills, you can then enroll for this Professional Certificate and then just complete the courses that are not in the specialization.
I have already completed the "Applied Data Science" Specialization. Can I still enroll for this Professional Certificate?
Yes, absolutely. Any courses that you have already completed as part of that Specialization will be marked as "Complete". So you do not have to take those courses again and will be able to finish this Professional Certificate faster.
What are my job opportunities on completion of this Data Science Professional Certificate
As a Coursera learner who completes the Data Science Professional certificate, you will have special access to join IBM’s Talent Network. Our Talent Network members receive all of the tools you need to land a dream job with IBM - sent directly to your inbox! You will get job opportunities as soon as they are posted, recommendations to apply matched directly to your skills and interests, and tips and tricks to help you stand apart from the crowd.
How can I access job opportunities with IBM after completing this Certificate?
As a Coursera learner who completes this Professional Certificate, you will have special access to join IBM’s Talent Network. Our Talent Network members receive all of the tools you need to land a dream job with IBM - sent directly to your inbox! You will get job opportunities as soon as they are posted, recommendations to apply matched directly to your skills and interests, and tips and tricks to help you stand apart from the crowd.
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