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Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science

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Solve complex big data issues and navigate businesses towards innovative, long-term solutions.

Lead the future of big data technology

The effective management of data is vital to building successful business strategies. As the industry rapidly expands, there has never been a better time to equip yourself with a versatile and future-focused qualification in data science.

Your Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science will build on your ability to critically analyse and interpret big data and apply that knowledge to real-world data science issues. You’ll graduate with the confidence to evaluate complex data issues and find innovative, future-focused solutions that will support the future of a business.

What you will learn  
  • Python programming
    Learn the ways the Python programming language is used to implement data structures and algorithms to solve problems. 
  • Effective database management
    Learn the core principles of sound database design and how to implement relational databases.
  • Policy, ethical and legal issues
    Learn how to ethically collect, store, prepare and stream data in adherence to industry laws and policies.


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This course consists of four units.

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Introduction to databases

Algorithms and programming foundations in Python

Mathematical foundations for data science and AI

Introduction to data science

An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.

If you successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science you may be eligible for admission at into either the Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Science or the Master of Applied Data Science.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

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For the Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science, the estimated cost is $4587.50 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

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Applied Data science online at Monash

Designed by leading Monash academics, this course is your opportunity to learn from industry experts. Build on your network and practical experience through coursework based on the Faculty of Information Technology’s own research.

The data you’ll work with in each of your units is derived from industry-based projects in the real world. This ensures that the skill set you develop is grounded in a sophisticated simulation of real-world professional practice.

Meet your academic team

Dr Jackie Rong

Dr Jackie Rong is the course director of the Graduate Diploma of Data Science at Monash University. She has nearly 15 years of experience in tertiary education across Australian universities. She is an active researcher in data mining, machine learning, deep learning and digital health analytics.

Dr Lei Yang

Dr Lei Yang is a Data Science lecturer and deputy course director of Graduate Diploma of Data Science. Before he joined Monash, he was a senior system engineer in Nokia and was mainly responsible for the 4G and 5G research and development. His current research interest includes 5G, signal processing, IoT, big data and machine learning.

Dr Guanliang Chen

Dr Guanliang Chen’s research applies state-of-the-art language technologies to make use of textual data collected in a range of educational settings. His research focuses on the fairness, accountability and transparency of machine learning techniques and the collection of quality educational materials. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology.

I am currently in a career transition phase, working to become a full-time software engineer; all this made possible by the excellent pathways Monash has created.

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Monash Online Graduate

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Industry insights

An applied data science qualification will prepare you for work in a wide range of careers specialising in data analysis, including as a:

  • Data Scientist
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Architect.


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4.1 stars out of 5
Data scientists report very high job satisfaction.

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27.7% job growth is expected for data scientist roles over the next five years.

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$125,000 is the most common salary for a data scientist in Australia.

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