Data Visualization with Tableau

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Data Visualization with Tableau Program Details

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

DePaul University’s Data Visualization with Tableau Program provides a comprehensive introduction 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 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.


Summer Quarter 2021:

  • Application Deadline:July 2, 2021
  • Tuition Deadline:July 9, 2021
  • Classes Begin:July 22, 2021
  • Classes End:Aug. 19, 2021

Meeting Pattern

Online: Sync Section

Days & Times: Thursdays, 5:45pm-9:00pm (Central Time)

These classes take place at a specific time on a specific day, with the instructor and all the students meeting online using a synchronous meeting tool like Zoom. Classes are recorded, so any student who is not able to join at the specified time will be able to watch the recording of the class. Before selecting this option, please carefully consider your ability to actively participate in video and audio with a reliable internet connection.

What if I cannot make it to every online synchronous class meeting?
Joining the class meetings in real time is highly recommended, but is not required. You can still take this class by viewing the class recordings and keeping pace with the weekly topics and assignments.

Online: Async (Sync-Option) Section

These classes do not meet at a specific time on specific days. This class is paired with a class that takes place at a specific time on a specific day via Zoom (or similar tool). Students in this class may connect with the live classroom and instructor, if and when they are available, but they are not required to do so.

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


Summer Quarter 2021


  • $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 July 27, 2021 (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.

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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 Summer Quarter 2021. Applications will be accepted through May 27, 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

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.