Certificate in Data Analytics


The Certificate in Data Analytics focuses on data preparation, data analysis, applied statistics, and data visualization. Students in the program learn to communicate, problem solve and lead around data practices, making them competitive in the St. Louis region.

This certificate program is designed primarily for individuals wishing to transition to a data analytics career, including people who have little to no background in data, or students who have some background in data but want to enhance or learn data-related skills. Upon completion of the certificate, students should be competitive for entry-level data analytics and data analysis careers.

Admission Requirements

There are no formal requirements for admission to undergraduate certificates. Students should speak with an academic advisor regarding their preparation for specific certificates or courses.

US Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen

International students interested in the certificate programs must hold a visa that permits part-time study (including F-2 and J-2 visas).  Students holding  F-1 visas are not eligible for these programs.  Students holding a B-2 visa may be eligible if the coursework is recreational or avocational in nature.

NOTE: WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.

Application Requirements
Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take three to five business days.  An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed.  Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • Summer 2024: April 30, 2024
  • Fall 2024: July 31, 2024
  • Spring 2025: Dec. 31, 2024
Completed Application Form

The online application is available on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

Enrolling in WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS)

We are here for you every step. Getting started at CAPS is easy.

1. Meet with a Recruiter
2. Start Your Application
  • Applying is easy, and our advisors are here to help you find the path that fits your needs. Apply Today!
3. Plan Ahead

Take a course today. Apply later.

At CAPS, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know CAPS, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.

Course Work


  • Data Fundamentals I (U71 Data 140)
  • Data Fundamentals II (U71 Data 145)
  • Applied Statistics (U20 Math 205)
  • Experimental Learning in Data Analytics (TBD)
  • Communicating, Leading, and Problem Solving with Data (TBD)

ELECTIVE COURSES: 6 UNITS (chosen from the following):

  • Introduction to (Statistical) Programming with R (U20 Math 124)
  • Programming with Python (U71 DATA 1330)
  • Data Analysis and Visualization with Tableau (U71 DATA 206)
  • SQL and Data: Exploration and Analysis (U71 2115)
  • Advanced Visualization in R (U71 DATA 2240)
  • Introduction to Data Science with Python (U20 Math 230)

Contact Us

Contact us today to see how CAPS can work for you.

Student Success Navigators

Every CAPS student is paired with a Student Success Navigator at the time of admission to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • Individual appointments with an experienced Student Success Navigator;
  • Career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • A partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Student Success Navigators are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.