Foundations for Data Science

Stanford School of Engineering

  • Professional Certificate
  • Fee:
    Fee may apply



Break into the rapidly growing field of data science with Stanford University's Foundations for Data Science professional program.

Comprised of three comprehensive and introductory online courses, this program will teach you the foundational programming and statistics skills you need to kick-start a career in data science—no prior experience necessary.

Learn from Stanford faculty with step-by-step instructions, listen to insights from industry experts, and develop your understanding through case studies and real-world examples. The program includes ungraded programming exercises to help build and practice your skills. No final exam or capstone project is required.

Earning the Certificate

To receive a Certificate of Completion for the Foundations for Data Science program, you must complete all three courses – R, Python, and Statistics.


$129 per online course.

Time to Complete Certificate

The program’s online courses are self-paced and available on-demand for 90 days after the date of enrollment. This enables you to complete the program at your own pace. The Introduction to Statistics course takes roughly 6-8 hours to complete, and R and Python each take roughly 12-15 hours. Completion times will vary depending on your familiarity with the topic and experience with online learning.

Record of Completion

You’ll receive a digital Record of Completion within 10 business after you’ve successfully completed the course.


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