Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science

Microsoft consulted data scientists and the companies that employ them to identify the core skills they need to be successful. This informed the curriculum used to teach key functional and technical skills, combining highly rated online courses with hands-on labs, concluding in a final capstone project.

10
REQUIRED COURSES
16-32
HOURS PER COURSE
8
SKILLS

Technologies you will use to gain your skills

T-SQL
Microsoft Excel
PowerBI
Python
R
Azure Machine Learning
HDInsight
Spark

Track detail

Each course runs for three months and starts at the beginning of a quarter. January—March, April—June, July—September, and October —December. The capstone runs for four weeks at the beginning of each quarter: January, April, July, October. For exact dates for the current course run, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

* Courses can be taken during any course run and in any order. When multiple course options are listed for a skill, only one must be completed to satisfy the requirements for graduation.

  • Data Science Orientation

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Get started on your data science journey, as you learn what it takes to become a Data Scientist. Learn to work with and explore data using a variety of visualization, analytical, and statistical techniques.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 1
    Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Explore tools in Excel that enable the analysis of more data than ever before, with improved visualizations and more sophisticated business logic. Learn how to import data from different sources, create mashups between data sources, and prepare data for analysis.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 2
    Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Learn how to connect and visualize your data with Microsoft Power BI. Find out how to import your data, author reports using Power BI Desktop, and publish those reports to the Power BI service. Create dashboards and share with business users on the web and on mobile devices.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 1
    Introduction to R for Data Science

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Learn the R statistical programming language, the tool of choice for data science professionals. Discover its basic syntax, starting with variables and basic operations, and then learn how to handle data structures, such as vectors, matrices, data frames, and lists.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 2
    Introduction to Python for Data Science

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Learn the basics of Python, including simple arithmetic operations, variables, and data structures. Explore Python functions and control flow, and create your own visualizations based on real data.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Data Science Essentials

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Learn key concepts and techniques used to perform data science; including statistical analysis, data cleansing and transformation, and data visualization with R, Python, and Microsoft Azure Machine Learning.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 1
    Programming with R for Data Science

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Get up to speed with programming in R. Explore R data structures and syntaxes, see how to read and write data from a local file to a cloud-hosted database, work with data, get summaries, and transform them to fit your needs.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 2
    Programming with Python for Data Science

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Learn to use Python to apply efficient, well-known mining models to unearth useful intelligence. Explore data visualization, feature importance and selection, dimensionality reduction, clustering, classification, and more.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 1
    Applied Machine Learning

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Learn how to apply machine learning to solve common predictive problems, including text analytics, spatial data analysis, image processing, and time series forecasting.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 2
    Implementing Predictive Solutions with Spark in HDInsight

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Learn how to use Spark in Microsoft Azure HDInsight to create predictive analytics and machine learning solutions. Find out how to cleanse and transform data, build machine learning models, and create real-time machine learning solutions using Python, Scala, and R with Apache Spark.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 3
    Developing Intelligent Applications

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Learn how to develop smart applications that use machine learning to engage intelligently with users in imaginative ways.

    Note: We will be removing the Developing Intelligent Applications course from the data science curriculum as of 01 July 2017. Students who earn verified certificates for this course prior to the end of June will receive credit for this requirement.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Option 4
    Analyzing Big Data with Microsoft R Server

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Learn how to use Microsoft R Server to analyze large datasets using R, one of the most powerful programming languages.

    Course schedule:
    For exact dates for the course, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

  • Microsoft Professional Capstone : Data Science

    Delivered by Microsoft

    Showcase the knowledge and skills you've acquired during the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science, and solve a real-world data science problem in this program capstone project. The project takes the form of a challenge in which you will explore a dataset and develop a machine learning solution that is tested and scored to determine your grade. Note: This course assumes you have completed the previous courses in the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science.

    Capstone project schedule:
    The capstone runs for four weeks at the beginning of each quarter:
    January, April, July, October.
    For exact dates for the capstone, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science

Use the latest tools to solve real-world data problems

Each course in the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science features hands-on labs so you can practice with the tools used by data scientists in the field today. Assessments that require more than just memorization ensure that you have mastered these new skills.

Learn on your own time

All courses are available online and on demand – so whether you plan to spend a couple of hours per day or a couple of hours per week, you can work on these skills at the pace that is right for you. And since the curriculum consists of massive open online courses (MOOC) on edX, you can watch the videos on your tablet or phone.


Frequently asked questions

Question What is the Microsoft Professional Program?

Answer Recognizing a shortage of qualified individuals to fill the growing need for specific job roles, Microsoft Professional Program is a new way to learn the skills and get the hands-on experience these roles require. After passing all courses in the track and completing a final project, individuals earn a digitally sharable, résumé-worthy credential that confirms mastery of these functional and technical skills.

Question Why should I consider participating?

Answer Technology is creating careers that have never existed before. But to be successful in these new job roles, new skills are required. Microsoft Professional Program helps provide students and professionals with real-world knowledge and hands-on experience to grow their skills in these critical technical fields. Featuring rigorous online courses and hands-on labs, students have flexibility to master these skills at their own pace.

Question How do I sign up?

Answer Sign up on the site using a new or existing Microsoft Account. If you would like to enroll in the Microsoft Professional Program, please also enroll in a specific track (e.g. Data Science).