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Program Requirements

The Applied Data Science Lab is a hands-on learning experience that accommodates learners with the right amount of foundational knowledge and a commitment to success.

The Lab runs continuously, so you can start as soon as your application is accepted.

Acceptance into the Applied Data Science Lab requires:

  • Beginner-level Python skills
  • Familiarity with basic statistics
  • A commitment to spend 10-15 hours per week on lecture videos, assignments, office hours, and individual study
  • That students are at least 18 years of age

This professional development opportunity does not require any prior degrees or credentials.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I prepare for the Admissions Quiz?

Before you can start the Applied Data Science Lab, you need to take a short Admissions Quiz to ensure you have a solid foundation on which you can build the skills taught in the offering. When taking the quiz, you should not use supplementary materials, so close your textbooks and any other browser windows. It is recommended that you have a pencil and paper ready in case you want to write out a problem.

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How does the Lab work?

The Applied Data Science Lab is divided into eight two-week projects and was designed to be completed in approximately 16 weeks. Following a prescribed sequence, students complete one project at a time. The projects range from exploring housing prices in Mexico to predicting air quality in Kenya. Students work with publicly available datasets, upon which they can develop larger portfolio projects. The curriculum is deployed on virtual machines, allowing you to code along while you watch project video lectures, collaborate with colleagues in the forums, and receive instant feedback on your work.


What happens if I fail the Admissions Quiz?

If you fail the Admissions Quiz for the Applied Data Science Lab, you have a second (and final) attempt after a 7-day cooling off period. If you fail a second time, you are unable to enroll in the Lab.

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