About this Professional Certificate

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Data Science has been ranked as one of the hottest professions and the demand for data practitioners is booming. This Professional Certificate from IBM is intended for anyone interested in developing skills and experience to pursue a career in Data Science or Machine Learning. This program consists of 9 courses providing you with latest job-ready skills and techniques covering a wide array of data science topics including: open source tools and libraries, methodologies, Python, databases, SQL, data visualization, data analysis, and machine learning. You will practice hands-on in the IBM Cloud using real data science tools and real-world data sets. It is a myth that to become a data scientist you need a Ph.D. This Professional Certificate is suitable for anyone who has some computer skills and a passion for self-learning. No prior computer science or programming knowledge is necessary. We start small, re-enforce applied learning, and build up to more complex topics. Upon successfully completing these courses you will have done several hands-on assignments and built a portfolio of data science projects to provide you with the confidence to plunge into an exciting profession in Data Science. In addition to earning a Professional Certificate from Coursera, you will also receive a digital Badge from IBM recognizing your proficiency in Data Science.
Learner Career Outcomes
46%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
19%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

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100% online courses

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Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

Approx. 10 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

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Learner Career Outcomes
46%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
19%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 10 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, German, Arabic, Turkish...

There are 9 Courses in this Professional Certificate

Course1

Course 1

What is Data Science?

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32,841 ratings
5,953 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Tools for Data Science

4.6
stars
17,068 ratings
2,455 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Data Science Methodology

4.6
stars
13,171 ratings
1,470 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Python for Data Science and AI

4.6
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15,667 ratings
2,343 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • No, there is no University credits involved with taking these courses.

  • Become job ready for a career in Data Science. Develop practical skills using hands-on labs in Cloud environments, projects and captsones.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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