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The Applied Data Science Lab is a credentialed offering where students tackle real-world meaningful, and complex problems.


By completing a series of end-to-end data science projects, they build the wrangling, analysis, model-building, and communication skills to prepare them for success in data-centric careers in both the private and public sectors.

Learn the Fundamentals of Data Science, Tuition-free

Leverage Real-World Data

From their first day in the Lab, students will write their own code and explore real-world datasets. During this self-paced course, students complete 8 projects that range from exploring housing prices in Mexico to predicting air quality in Kenya. They will work with publicly available datasets, upon which they can develop larger portfolio projects.

Access All the Tools you Need

Students will work and complete projects in the same environment and with the same tools that professionals use everyday. They’ll gain access to a ready-to-use Python environment, pandas, and Jupyter Notebooks; and, there are no preexisting system requirements.

Guides by Your Side

Our instructor-guided projects offer students a two-way, focused learning experience to develop the professional skills data scientists use day-in and day-out in demanding, real-world settings. Each student will gain access to a learning environment in which they will receive real-time feedback on their progress, collaborate with their peers, and attend live sessions with an instructor.

Develop The Skills to Build a Professional Portfolio

We designed our Lab so that students not only apply their skills to real-life problems, but also leave with the skills to build a professional portfolio they can take into professional settings and interviews. Upon completion, students will be able to query different types of databases, clean messy data, build predictive models for regression and classification, create compelling visualizations for project stakeholders — all while considering the ethical, social, and environmental impact of their work.

Next Deadline
Rolling admissions
Lab Start Date
As soon as you're accepted
Cost
Entirely Free
Length
16 weeks
Applicant Requirements
Beginner-level Python skills

Familiarity with basic statistics

Passing score on Admissions Quiz (75% or higher)
Commitment
10-15 Hours a week
Credential
Shareable Credly Certification

The Applied Data Science Lab is delivered online to enable students to participate in a flexible yet rigorous continuing education offering to amplify their skills and knowledge. To apply, applicants must complete a profile on their professional background and pass an Admissions Quiz with a minimum score of 75%. These activities should take no more than an hour to complete.

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The Lab

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During this self-paced course, students will complete 8 projects that range from exploring housing prices in Mexico to predicting air quality in Kenya. They will work with publicly available datasets, upon which they can develop larger portfolio projects. In this dynamic learning environment, students get real-time feedback as well as opportunities to collaborate with their peers and participate in live office hours with their instructor.


Upon completion, students will be able to query different types of databases, clean messy data, build predictive models for regression and classification, create compelling visualizations for project stakeholders — all while considering the ethical, social, and environmental impact of their work.


After successfully completing the Lab, students earn an easily shareable badge from Credly.

Lab Projects

Projects include building illustrative models to:

Explore the Mexican real estate market to determine whether location or home size is more important in determining price.
Predict apartment prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Determine air quality in Nairobi, Kenya.
Assess building damage following the 2018 earthquake in Nepal.
And more!

Skills Gained During the Program

  • Extract data from SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Clean authentic, messy datasets
  • Build predictive models for regression and classification
  • Create compelling visualizations to explain data characteristics and model performance.
  • Discuss the ethical implications of deploying models in the real world.
  • Consider the environmental impact of machine learning models.
  • Learn how to apply machine learning to business problems.

Which Offering is Right for Me?

Master of Science in 
Financial Engineering

Next Deadline
April 4, 2022
Program Start Date
April 11, 2022
Cost
Entirely Free
Program Length
2 Years
Applicant Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree

Proof of English proficiency

Passing score on Quantitative Proficiency Test
Commitment
20-25 hours a week
Credential
Master of Science in Financial Engineering Degree

Shareable Credly Certification

Applied Data Science Lab

Next Deadline
Rolling admissions
Lab Start Date
As soon as you're accepted
Cost
Entirely Free
Program Length
16 weeks
Applicant Requirements
Beginner-level Python skills

Familiarity with basic statistics

Passing score on Admissions Quiz (75% or higher)
Commitment
10-15 hours a week
Credential
Shareable Credly Certification

Program Requirements

This is a truly 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.

  • Beginner-level Python skills.
  • Familiarity with basic statistics.
  • Between lecture videos, assignments, and individual study, students should expect to commit roughly 10 to 15 hours per week.
  • This professional development opportunity does not require any prior degrees or credentials.

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