The Institute for Professional Development

Data Science for Business Program

​​​ Data Science for Business 

Data Science for Business Program Details


An eleven-week program covering data science and Big Data principles and techniques. The program is designed for IT professionals and business decision-makers to understand the fundamental principles of data science and be able to apply them to their business. These principles underpin the processes and strategies necessary to solve business problems through "data-analytic thinking"--necessary for extracting useful knowledge and busines​s value from Big Data. Participants will learn about and understand many different data mining techniques in use today. The program provides a broad overview of many concepts, techniques, and algorithms in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), data analysis, R language, Recommender systems, cloud computing, and data visualization for the business. The program aims to prepare students with analytical and practical skills emphasizing breadth and depth in a range of relevant disciplines and capabilities in data sciences and Big Data analytics for business.

For a completed program description, download the program's brochure

Dates & Location

Winter Quarter 2016

  • Application Deadline:Dec. 4, 2015
  • Tuition Deadline:Dec. 11, 2015
  • Classes Begin:Jan.5, 2016
  • Classes End:Mar. 15, 2016

On-campus section: Classes meet on Tuesday evenings (5:45pm-9pm) at DePaul's Loop Campus at 243 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

Online section: Students may elect to register in an online section of this program. For more information about the online section, click here.

DePaul University reserves the right to cancel any program prior to that program's first class meeting.


Winter Quarter 2016


  • $1,950.00

​Regular DePaul University students are charged the above rates based on their degree program.​​

Full payment of tuition must be received by the Institute for Professional Development office before the start of the program.​The tuition fee for this program is not included in the university's tuition package for full-time undergraduate students. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition (minus a separate $25 registration fee) if the student drops the Data Science for Business Program by January 20, 2016.

Application Fee

  • $40.00non-refundable

Each program requires a $40.00 (non-refundable) application fee that can be paid online (via credit card) during the online application process. If you need to pay this fee by check or money order, please make the check or money order payable to DePaul University and send it to:

DePaul University Institute for Professional Development
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Room 301
​Chicago, IL 60604


Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.

Required Textbook
Title: Data Science for Business
Author: Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett
ISBN#: 978-1449361327
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
List Price: $39.99

Payment Options

Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. For credit card payment, print out and complete the Payment by Credit Card Form.

Applicants who are eligible for a tuition reimbursement program offered by their employer and are interested in deferring their tuition payment using the university's Employer Tuition Deferral Plan, formerly known as the DePEPER Plan, must return the Employer Tuition Deferral Plan application to the Institute for Professional Development Office. Submitting this application to any other DePaul office may delay the student's registration process. Information about this plan, along with an application form, is found here ​.

Applicants who wish to use the university's In-Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.


Admission Requirements

The program is suitable for IT professionals and business decision-makers who will be working with data scientists, managing data science-oriented projects, or investing in data science ventures. Experience with Windows and business software applications is assumed. Programming and a background in statistics is helpful, but not required. In addition, students are required to bring their own laptop computers to class.

​Course Credit

The Data Science for Business Program is an accredited course of DePaul University, which follows the quarter system (as opposed to the semester system). Credit hours are awarded to those who successfully complete the program's academic requirements. Academic requirements may include reading and homework assignments, written assignments, labs, projects, and other assignments. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

Course #: IPD 346; 4 undergraduate credit hours

The ability to apply these credit hours to a degree program is always determined by the college granting the degree. To view course transfer guidelines for DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), click here.

Application & Registration Procedure

All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's  online application; or, to apply via fax, mail, or in person, print out and complete the Application Form. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with information and instructions about the registration process. 

Registration is restricted to admitted students. IPD staff will register students upon receipt of payment and registration form. Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system.​