Data Visualization with Tableau

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Data Visualization with Tableau Certificate Program

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A five-week certificate program covering data analytics and visualization with Tableau®

DePaul University’s Data Visualization with Tableau Program provides a comprehensive introduction to data analytics and visualization with Tableau. It is well suited for business intelligence and other data-focused professionals who want to harness the strengths of Tableau for data-driven decision-making and presenting their data story in a visually impactful way.

The program covers getting your data ready for analysis with the Tableau Prep tool; working with data in Tableau, including joins, blends and data structures, data densification and cubes, table calculations and widely-used charts; mapping to analyze and present your data geographically; and, dashboard design.

Students in this program will be able to:

  • Describe the essentials concepts of Tableau
  • Gain competency working with data in Tableau
  • Learn core visualizations in Tableau and how to use Tableau for presentations
  • Explore advanced topics such as improving performance

Program content includes lectures, demos, and hands-on exercises. Students are required to bring a laptop with a current version of Tableau to every class (either Mac OS or Windows). Students will be instructed to install a copy of the software for educational use, and they must have full administrator rights to their computer in order to do so.

For a complete program description, download the program's brochure.

The term "Tableau" is a registered trademark. The Data Visualization with Tableau Program at DePaul University is an independent program of study and is not affiliated with nor has it been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by external entities.


Winter Quarter 2022:

  • Application Deadline:Jan. 28, 2022
  • Tuition Deadline:Feb. 4, 2022
  • Classes Begin:Feb. 15, 2022
  • Classes End:Mar. 15, 2022

Meeting Pattern

On-Campus Section

Days & Times: Tuesdays, 5:45pm-9:00pm at DePaul's Loop Campus in downtown Chicago.

What if I cannot make it to every class meeting?
Attending every class is highly recommended, but is not required. Classes will be recorded, so any student who is not able to attend will be able to watch the recording of the class. Students are still expected to keep pace with the weekly topics and assignments.

Online: Async Section

This section is paired to the section that meets on campus. It is for individuals who are not expected to attend campus classes. It has no required meeting days.

Students will have access to the recordings of the paired on-campus section. They are expected to follow the same weekly agenda of topics and assignments as the class that meets on campus, but can view the course material at a time of their own choosing.


Winter Quarter 2022


  • $1,250.00

Full payment of tuition must be received before the start of the program. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-redundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: DePaul reserves the right to cancel any program before that program’s first scheduled meeting, in which case tuition fees (but not convenience fees) will be refunded. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition if the student drops the Data Visualization with Tableau Program by February 21, 2022 (convenience fees will not be refunded).

Please note tuition fees incurred for this program are not eligible for participation in DePaul's Employer Tuition Deferment Plan or the Single Term Payment Plan.

Notice for Current DePaul Students

  • Undergraduates: Please be aware that the tuition fee for this program is not included in the university’s full-time term package pricing.

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.

Optional Textbook
Title: Mastering Tableau 2021 (3rd edition)
Author(s): Marlene Meier and David Baldwin
Publisher: Packt Publishing 2021
ISBN: 978-1800561649
List Price: $39.99


The Institute for Professional Development is pleased to announce a new need-based financial award, the Chou Family IPD Scholarship, to provide funding for students interested in our certificate programs in Winter Quarter 2022. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 3, 2021 for this scholarship.  


Admission Requirements

No prior experience with Tableau is expected. Basic experience with a personal computer is assumed.

Course Credit

The Data Visualization with Tableau Program is catalogued as a non-credit course of DePaul University. A certificate of completion from DePaul University is awarded to those who successfully complete the program's requirements. Program requirements include in-class lab work as well as homework assignments. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

  • Course #: IPD 245

The Data Visualization with Tableau Program is a graded course. A final grade letter as well as DePaul transcript (upon request) will be available upon program conclusion.

Application & Registration Procedure

All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's online application; or, download and complete the Application Form (PDF) and email to Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with registration information and instructions.

You do not have to be an existing DePaul student to take this certificate program. Registration is restricted to individuals who apply for admission to the program and receive an acceptance letter. IPD staff will register applicants upon receipt of payment and registration form.

Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system. If interested in enrollment, regular DePaul students should begin by submitting an application for admission. Students must meet the program's admission criteria.

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Learn about the new, need-based financial award, the Chou Family IPD Scholarship.


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