Foundations for Data Science

Stanford School of Engineering

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As of October 1, 2020 this certificate is no longer available, but is still recognized by Stanford University. In order to earn this certificate participants completed the courses listed to the right.

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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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

You will earn 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for each course completed within this certificate program. CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.

Record of Completion:

Students will receive a Record of Completion for each course they complete upon finishing the course requirements within 7-10 business days.



Required Courses