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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Enginering Data Science, Certificate

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Data science is all around us. Major examples are Google, Uber, Amazon, Walmart, Facebook, YouTube and a host of others. Virtually all aspects of contemporary life already are or soon will be affected by it: air and terrestrial transport, pattern detection and image analysis, personalized medicine, material testing, pollutant concentration and modeling, business intelligence, marketing and customer service, logistics, self-driving cars to name a few examples. Far from being a technology useful in restricted areas, data science offers tools that are impacting the entire structure of modern society.

World-wide many companies - large and small - have made major investments in data science and are hiring personnel with some degree of data science expertise at a clip. Many thousands of positions are open and many more will become available in the future. The job market is totally tilted in favor of sellers: there are not enough people with the required preparation and the few available easily change jobs to pursue a higher salary. In this exciting atmosphere, a certificate combining one of the engineering disciplines with basic data science tools and concepts is a winning springboard from which to launch an interesting and profitable career.

Admission Requirements

Who should apply?

Practicing engineers and recent Bachelor of Science in engineering graduates are qualified to apply, and so are students pursuing an MS or PhD degree at UH. The five-course curriculum combines foundational courses in data science with data-science-intensive engineering courses. Students will gain a solid, diverse base in data science and its applications to an engineering discipline. Courses are part of a graduate engineering program and are taught at the graduate level.

Student Qualifications

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field is required.
  • The GRE exam is waived for Engineering Data Certificate applicants.
  • Applicants for admission to the Certificate program must meet the same admissions standards and requirements as other applicants for graduate study.
  • Students already pursuing an MS or PhD degree at the University of Houston will be enrolled in the Certificate program simply upon request.

Application Materials

  • An online application
  • Application Fee ($25.00 for domestic applicants/$75 for international applicants)
  • 1 official transcript should be mailed to one of the following addresses below:
Regular Mail:
University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, TX 77253-3947
Express Mail:
University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
4302 University Drive, Room 102
Houston, TX 77204-2012





  • For further information on how to apply, please review the following website: How to Apply
  • Additional documentation for international applicants, including English language proficiency requirements, are found at: International Applicants

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this certificate: 15.0

The Certificte can be completed in two semesters.

In order to complete the Engineering Data Science Certificate, you will need to complete 5 graduate level courses, 3 foundational for data science and 2 chosen, with the approval of the student’s advisor, from the data-science oriented courses offered by the various departments of the College of Engineering. The three data-science foundational courses are to be chosen from the lists of Group A and Group B below, with at least one course from each group.

Additional Courses

Additional courses deemed suitable by the Mathematics and Computer Science Departments may be added to each list once they have been approved.

A non-exhaustive list of data-science-oriented engineering courses is as follows:

Academic Policies

Students and prospective students should contact the student advisor in College of Engineering for guidance and to choose appropriate courses.

Each student assumes responsibility for being familiar with the academic program requirements as stated in the current catalogs of the college and university and this website.

A minimum grade point average of 3.00 over all graduate courses attempted is required for the successful completion of the Certificate.

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