• Total Courses
    3 required courses
  • CEUs | Contact Hours
    9.0 CEUS | 90 Contact Hours
  • Cost
  • Format
    Fully online
  • Time to Complete
    5–6 months
  • Funding Resources

Turn Data into Powerful Insights

Does data feel overwhelming? This certificate is designed for people who aren't specialists but who want to unlock the power of data analysis in their work. Gain the skills to transform data into clear, actionable insights that drive better decisions for your organization. Learn from experienced instructors in an online, instructor-led format to master data analysis, visualization, presentation, and storytelling.

This program will equip you to understand and use basic data analysis techniques for various data types, create compelling data visualizations to communicate insights effectively, and present your findings confidently and influence organizational decisions.


The University of Minnesota Applied Data Analysis Certificate program provides a solid foundation in how to work with and communicate data. You can take the full certificate or take courses individually. Through our Applied Data Analysis Certificate courses, participants will learn to:

  • Choose the right tools for the job: Learn how to select the most appropriate data analysis techniques based on your specific data and goals.
  • See the whole picture: Explore both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze your data and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Make your data talk: Sharpen your communication skills to translate data insights into clear, actionable recommendations that can be used for organizational decision-making.
  • Make data work for everyone: Understand how to identify the right data, detail level, and key takeaways for different audiences. You'll be able to communicate effectively regardless of your listener.


Each six-week course blends elements of asynchronous and synchronous components to provide learners with flexibility in project work, while also having face-to-face time with instructors and fellow learners via Zoom. 

The synchronous element of the course—class work that requires students to participate at a specific time—is a 90-minute Zoom meeting each week. During these sessions, students will participate in discussions and workshop their assignments and projects with the instructor and peers. Participation allows you to get to know your fellow learners and your instructor, as well as to receive more individualized support.

The asynchronous elements—class work that can be done on the students’ schedule—include watching recorded video, reading materials, and completing assignments such as discussion posts or projects. Each week there will be due dates for completing assignments.

Career Outlook

Funding and Discounts

The U's professional development programs are affordable because they can be completed in relatively short order—sometimes within a few months—which can save you both time and money. What's more, there are other opportunities you can explore to potentially bring the cost down even further.


  • CCAPS offers scholarships of $500 to $2,500 to Minnesota residents who meet eligibility requirements.
  • If you're not employed, you may be able to take advantage of federal or state funding. Contact your CareerForce center to inquire.
  • Your organization may have funds set aside for employee education. Read about the benefits of employer investment in career development.


  • When you register and pay for all courses in the certificate at once, you'll receive up to a 10% discount.
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount.
  • U of M staff get 50% off most professional development programs.

See Discounts, Scholarships, and Other Funding for more information and possible exclusions to discounts.


The cost of the Applied Data Analysis Certificate is $3,735, but if you register and pay for all courses at once, we’ll give you a 10% discount. You’ll pay $3,361, a savings of $374!

If you have any questions about the registration process, payment options, or need to transfer or cancel your registration, please contact the registration team: 

612-625-2900 | [email protected]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?

Yes, the courses are designed to build upon each other. We recommend taking them in the following sequence.

  • Data Analysis Foundations: This course provides the essential skills you need to get started, including working with Excel and data cleaning techniques. These skills are crucial for success in the following courses.
  • Data Interpretation and Application: Here, you'll delve deeper into data analysis, learning how to interpret and analyze data to extract valuable insights.
  • Data Storytelling: Finally, you'll get insights on how to communicate your data findings effectively through compelling data visualizations and storytelling techniques.

What is applied data analysis?

Applied data analysis equips you with the skills to leverage data for real-world problem-solving and data-driven decision-making. Unlike traditional data analytics, this program is designed for those who aren't specialists, who don't primarily work with data but use it to inform and influence business decisions across various roles.

Who should take this certificate?

This certificate is ideal for professionals across diverse fields who:

  • analyze data: learn essential techniques for data exploration, manipulation, and analysis.
  • interpret data: develop the ability to extract meaningful insights and identify trends from data.
  • communicate data: explore the art of presenting your data findings clearly and persuasively through data visualization and storytelling.

How long does the Applied Data Analysis Certificate take to complete?

Each course is six weeks long. Depending on when you start, you may be able to finish the entire certificate program in as little as five months.

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