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$38,900 total course fee

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Solve big data challenges

With the rise of big data and its importance to organisational decision-making. Data scientists are now an essential component of any successful data-driven decision-making organisation.

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Data scientists rate job satisfaction very high

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Learn visual data modelling

Your pathway to data science

Use python programming to convert data into actionable insights

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Shape high-level decision making 

With the rise of big data and its importance to organisational decision-making, data scientists are now an essential component of any successful organisation. Many industries look to data scientists to collect, manage and interpret large sets of raw information, so that business strategy can be driven by statistical analysis.  

A career in applied data science is exciting, forever in flux, and there’s almost no limit to where it can take you. Data is only as valuable as the data scientist with the creativity and skill set to interpret and draw insights from it. This is where you come in. 


What you will learn  
  • Python programming
    Learn the ways the Python programming language is used to implement data structures and algorithms to solve problems. 
  • Data modelling and visualisation
    Build your knowledge of the statistical modelling foundations that underlie data analytics. 
  • Data wrangling
    Take data in its raw form and convert it into actionable insights.


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Monash University holds high rankings domestically and internationally for research and teaching excellence. 
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THE World University Rankings
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QS World University Rankings

Pathway to a masters degree

You can graduate with a Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Science in approximately 1.4 years part-time accelerated, after completing 8 units (48 credit points). 

You can also:  

  • exit the course after completing approximately 0.7 years part-time accelerated, 4 units (24 credit points), and you’ll receive a Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science; or 
  • continue studying after completing approximately 2 years part-time accelerated, 12 units (72 credit points total), and you’ll receive a Master of Applied Data Science 

This course consists of eight units. You will complete core studies in introductory applied data science, data wrangling and statistical data modelling, then select units from across a range of areas where you can tailor the course to suit your own interests.

If you do not meet course requirements in programming, databases or mathematics/statistics, you must complete up to a maximum of two foundation units prior to commencing your core studies.

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You can submit an enquiry directly to our student consultants by using the form listed on our contact us page. You’ll have the opportunity to schedule a call if you’d like to receive further information.

You must complete the following units.

Introduction to databases

Mathematical foundations for data science and AI

Introduction to Python

You must complete the following units.

Introduction to data science

Data wrangling

Statistical data modelling

You must complete one of the following units.

Data exploration and visualisation

Applied data analysis

Machine learning

Data processing for big data

Data analysis for semi-structured data

You must complete the following unit.

Applied practice 1

Entry level 1 – 48 points to complete
Duration: 1.4 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, with at least a credit (60%) average.

Entry level 2 – 24 points to complete
Duration: 0.7 years part-time

A Monash University Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science with at least credit (60%) average.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

If you need help understanding the above entry requirements, reach out to our student consultants on our contact us page and schedule a booking for a chat.

For the Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Science, the estimated cost is $4,862.50 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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Career outcomes

The workplace of the future is an exciting and dynamic place. A Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Science degree is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in a constantly changing global environment.

What does the future look like for Data Scientists?

With rising demand for this profession, experienced data scientists are highly sought-after and well-paid.



The most common salary for a Data Scientist in Australia.


4.1 / 5

Data Scientists report very high job satisfaction.

Industry Growth


Projected job growth of Data Scientists over the next five years.

The best aspect of my experience studying this course has been engagement with the tutors who have industry experience in what they are teaching so it is not solely theory, but they know how it applies in practice.

Andrew Stedall

Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Science


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 Yi-shan Tsai

Online Course Director

Dr Yi-Shan Tsai is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology and a member of the Centre for Learning Analytics at Monash (CoLAM). She is also a member of the Digital Education Research Group at Monash and an associate scholar of the Centre for Research in Digital Education and the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Yasmeen George

Deputy Course Director

Dr Yasmeen George is a Lecturer with data science and AI department at Monash Faculty of Information Technology with over a decade of interdisciplinary research experience in AI for healthcare analytics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in 2018 (Australia), Master of Computer Science (by research) in medical image analytics in 2013 from the University of Ain Shams (Egypt).

Dr Guanliang Chen

Deputy Course Coordinator

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Science will help you develop the technical skills required for wrangling data and analysing it. Data Science also focuses on programming and advanced mathematical modelling to achieve these outcomes. Students looking to complete this course require previous knowledge – academic or work experience – within the IT and/or science or maths field already. Alternatively, the Graduate Certificate of Analytics focuses on understanding problems that businesses face and how to develop data analytics to address these problems. The course builds on core data mining skills and how to analyse, solve and present data and solutions for complex decision making. This course is for students who may not have had any formal IT experience as it provides foundational knowledge that you’d require to progress in a role within this field.
Machine learning is only one of type of AI technology. Others include Natural language processing and computer vision.
You’ll learn how to implement relational databases using SQL and apply data analysis algorithms using python programming language. You’ll also learn object-oriented design principles so that you can apply them to advanced statistical data modelling, big data processing and other advanced applied data science analytics projects.
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