Overview

Learn to perform advanced data wrangling, data mining, statistical modeling and machine learning on data sets that may be very large and complex. Prepare for a data scientist role by analyzing large quantities of unstructured historical data to develop innovative solutions to complex business problems. Take courses during the day or evening.

Program Structure

Learn to perform advanced data wrangling, data mining, statistical modeling and machine learning on large data sets.

Receive a certificate upon completion and be eligible for an internship.

Length 1 semester
Format Full time
Prerequisite Data Analytics or equivalent
Internship Option Yes
Award Certificate
Cost $11,000, plus $3,000 for optional internship

Prerequisites

Completion of the

  • Data Analytics Immersive

Or

  • Introduction to Data Analytics | COMPSCI X407.9

and

  • Ability to program in at least one high-level programming language. You can complete this prerequisite by taking one of the following online courses before applying:
    • C++ Programming | EL ENG X412.1
    • Introduction to C Language Programming | EL ENG X24
    • JavaScript and jQuery: An Introduction | COMPSCI X452.1
    • Programming With Ruby | EL ENG X411.1
    • First Course in Java | EL ENG X429.9
    • Python Programming | EL ENG X442.3
    • Introduction to Computers and Programming | COMPSCI X444.4

Outcomes

  • Perform advanced data wrangling, data mining, statistical modeling and machine learning on large, complex data sets.
  • Run data collection and cleaning, modeling, evaluation, visualization, reporting, and deployment.
  • Develop solutions using Spark, R, Python, TensorFlow, relational databases and SQL.

Core Courses

Introduction to Data Science | COMPSCI X415.2

Python for Data Analysis and Scientific Computing | COMPSCI X433.3

Introduction to Big Data | COMPSCI X409.2

Business Intelligence With SQL Server | EL ENG X404.8

Bonus: Career Development (CEU)

Gain career orientation and hands-on training for successful job placement and career advancement. This special course includes workshops on soft skills, interview methods, and technical skills, as well as personalized career coaching and professional network development.

Completing Your Studies

Once you've completed this one-semester immersive, you'll receive an Award of Completion. You're also eligible to apply for an internship!

Internships

If you successfully complete the Data Analytics or Data Science Immersive—or both—you can start working through a three-month internship at a leading San Francisco or Silicon Valley company!

  • Put your newfound skills to work
  • Gain work experience
  • Build connections
  • Expand your network

You'll see firsthand how a U.S. business runs, giving you a competitive edge when you're ready to land a full-time position in Data Analytics or Data Science.

Cost: $3,000.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is an opportunity for those studying in the United States with an F-1 visa to apply their knowledge with practical work experience. If you successfully complete both the Data Analytics and Data Science Immersives, you'll be eligible to apply for paid temporary work authorization in the U.S., also known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Imagine yourself using Spark or Python to analyze complex data sets. Creating a visualization of data to guide decision-making. Running statistical models to forecast business growth.

With OPT, you can apply everything you've learned to real-world projects and gain valuable work experience.

International Enrollments

Online Information Session

This program is structured so that international students can fulfill their Visa requirements for full-time study, as well as have the opportunity to be eligible for internships and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants must submit official evidence of English-language proficiency. Sometimes exceptions to this requirement are made. Please note that the submission of language proficiency scores or other forms of verification does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Scores must be from the past two years.

English Language Test Minimum Score for Professional Diploma Program
TOEFL 90
IELTS 7
Cambridge English First (FCE) C

Don't meet these requirements? You can request a language-proficiency interview if you meet one of these minimum score requirements:

  • TOEFL: 79–89
  • TOIC: 780
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • ELS Level 112 with a Grade Point Average of 3.0
  • Cambridge English Preliminary (PET) a passing grade

If you would like to request an interview, please state your request in the online application and in your personal statement.

Apply to our 6-week summer English program (July–August) to raise your English-language proficiency.

To be eligible, you must meet the following English-language requirements:

  • TOEFL: 74–78
  • IELTS: 6

Learn more by emailing internationaladmissions@berkeley.edu.

PDP Program Requirement

Because this is a cohort-based program and full-time attendance is required to maintain your visa status, you must attend all scheduled courses.

F-1 Visa Application and F-1 Transfer Process

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must apply for an F-1 student visa to attend PDP. Non-U.S. citizens with a visitor visa (B-1, B-2) or under the Visa Waiver Program are not permitted to engage in full-time study (PDP is full time). Your PDP acceptance packet includes the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) verifying that you have been admitted for full-time study.

Housing

With options available in both Berkeley and San Francisco, you can live in the bustling atmosphere of a dormitory, enjoy the independence of a private or shared apartment, or get the personal attention of a homestay.

Berkeley Life

Wherever you look on campus, you'll see the brightest students and faculty from all over the world gathering together to build friendships and learn from one another. Berkeley is known for welcoming students from all nationalities—we are part of a global community. Not only are you welcome here, but you belong here.

Health and Safety

We know you're traveling far from home to participate in a unique study-abroad experience. You'll be studying at a top university known for its rigorous academic standards. This means that while you're here, it's more important than ever to focus on your health and well-being.

At Your Service

At UC Berkeley Extension, we have an entire office dedicated to supporting our international students. We're there each step of the way to help—from the application process to your time in Berkeley and after your program ends. Our goal is that your Berkeley experience is positive, safe, fun and productive.

Program Dates

Start and End Dates Application Deadline
Fall cohort 2019 September 4, 2019–December 12, 2019 July 22, 2019
Spring cohort 2020 January 15, 2020–May 15, 2020 November 18, 2019
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 6, 2019
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11,000 USD
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