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Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Science

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Reveal market trends and guide the direction of entire organisations with applied data science expertise.

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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Our worldwide rankings

Monash University holds high rankings domestically and internationally for research and teaching excellence. 
# 2
THE World University Rankings
# 42
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:  

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 must complete the following units.

Introduction to databases

Algorithms and programming foundations in Python

Mathematical foundations for data science and AI

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 in a relevant discipline, with at least a credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.

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 or equivalent.

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 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

Course Director

Dr Jackie Rong is the Course Director of the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Applied 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

Online Course Coordinator

Dr Lei Yang is Online Course Coordinator for the Faculty of IT. 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

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.

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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:  

  • Data Analyst 
  • Data Scientist
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Engineer.


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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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$130,000 is the most common salary for a data scientist in Victoria.

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 Diploma 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.

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