Fundamentals of R Program | Certificate Program

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Fundamentals of RCertificate Program

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A four-week certificate program covering the fundamentals of data analytics using R

R is an open-source programming language and software environment popular with statisticians, data scientists and decision makers. While a fully-fledged programming language can take years to master, a fundamental understanding of R, its packages and development environments offers many opportunities. Topics in the program include data importation and cleaning, building statistical models, and data visualization techniques. The focus will be on developing an understanding of R, the R environment and relevant packages so that the student will become comfortable with exploring the R ecosystem. In all cases, students will be introduced to the theory, presented with real-world examples and assigned lab exercises.

The program is ideally suited for business professionals with basic statistical and computer literacy who wish to meet the growing demand for leaders with an analytical skillset. The program is also beneficial to those interested in a career in data science but who wish to learn more before enrolling in a master’s program. Students should have access to a personal computer (either Mac OS or Windows) on which to install the software used in the program. Students must have administrator rights to their computers in order to successfully install and use the software used in the program.

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


Summer Quarter 2023:

  • Application Deadline:June 2, 2023
  • Tuition Deadline:June 9, 2023
  • Classes Begin:June 21, 2023
  • Classes End:July 12, 2023

Meeting Pattern

On-Campus Section

Days & Times: Wednesdays, 5:45pm-9:00pm, at DePaul's Loop Campus

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

These classes do not meet at a specific time on specific days. Content will be delivered via weekly pre-recorded lectures. Students follow a weekly agenda of topics and assignments, but can view the course material at a time of their own choosing. Structured opportunities for interaction with the class and instructor are provided asynchronously.

This program has weekly course content equivalent to three hours per week. For every hour of course content, students should expect to spend about two additional hours for studying, homework, labs, and other assignments.

Summer Quarter 2023


  • $1,000.00

Please note the tuition fee is accurate as of the date of this publication. The University reserves the right to modify fees at any time.

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-refundable 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 Fundamentals of R Program by June 24, 2023 (convenience fees will not be refunded).

Please note tuition fees incurred for the Fundamentals of R 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.

Textbook information to be announced.


Admission Requirements

Applicants should have basic experience using a personal computer running Windows or Mac OS; no prior programming experience is necessary. Applicants should also have completed at least one course in statistics.

Course Credit

The Fundamentals of R 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 lab exercises and homework assignments. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

Course #: IPD 232

The Fundamentals of R Program is a graded course. A final grade letter as well as a DePaul transcript (upon request) will be available upon program completion.

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 and emailing the completed form to Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with information and instructions about the registration process.

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.