Microsoft Professional Program for Data Analysis

The ability to analyze data properly, communicate data analysis results, and make an impact with data is a critical skill today. Including visualization, descriptive and inferential statistics, and using logic for querying data sets, students will be ready to take on any data set. 

9
REQUIRED COURSES
8 - 60
HOURS PER COURSE
8
SKILLS

Technologies you will use to gain your skills

Data Analysis
Data Visualization
Microsoft Excel
Communicate Data Insights
Descriptive Analytics Models
T-SQL
Data Analysis Methods

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.

  • Essential Math for Data Analysis using Excel Online

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn to handle different data types, understand mathematical notation, become proficient in handling data sets and summary statistics, and get a sneak peek into how to be effective at making statistical inferences and predictions.

  • Data Visualization: A Practical Approach for Absolute Beginners

    Provided by Microsoft

    Data visualization literacy is fundamental. The ability to create compelling, accurate, and driven-data stories is a core skill of any modern job. This course provides a practical approach to learning the theories and techniques of data visualization.

  • Introduction to Data Analysis using Excel

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn how to perform data analysis using the most powerful features in Excel. See the power of pivot tables in action, and their ability to summarize data in flexible ways, enabling quick data exploration and producing valuable insights.

  • Querying Data with Transact-SQL

    Provided by Microsoft

    From querying and modifying data in SQL Server or Azure SQL to programming with Transact-SQL, learn essential skills that employers need.

  • Option 1
    Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel

    Provided 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.

  • Option 2
    Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI

    Provided 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.

  • Analytics Storytelling for Impact

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn effective strategies and tools to master data communication in the most impactful way possible—through well-crafted analytics stories. Find out how stories create value and why they matter. Learn to craft stories, command the room, finish strong, and assess your impact. Get practical help applying these ideas to your data analytics work. Plus, you'll learn guidelines and best practices for creating high-impact reports and presentations.

  • COMING SOON

    Provided by Microsoft

    Showcase the knowledge you acquired in the MPP for Data Analysis, and solve a real-world analytics problem. You’ll explore a data set and deliver analyses and analytics artifacts that are tested and scored to determine your grade.Showcase the knowledge you acquired in the MPP for Data Analysis, and solve a real-world analytics problem. You’ll explore a data set and deliver analyses and analytics artifacts that are tested and scored to determine your grade.

Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Analysis

Hands-on learning using the latest analytics methods

Each course in the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Analysis features hands-on labs so you can practice the most sought-after skills. Assessments that require more than just memorization ensure mastery of 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

The Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) is a collection of courses that teach skills in several core technology tracks that help you excel in the industry's newest job roles.

These courses are created and taught by experts and feature quizzes, hands-on labs, and engaging communities. For each track you complete, you earn a certificate of completion from Microsoft proving that you mastered those skills.

Question Why should I consider participating?

Answer
The Microsoft Professional Program provides real-world skills and hands-on instruction that keeps pace with the technology industry. These courses can be rigorous but rewarding, with the flexibility to master skills at your own pace, and a robust capstone project that demonstrates your knowledge. Not to mention you get the important credentials employers want.

Question How do I sign up?

Answer
First, sign in to academy.microsoft.com. Next, explore the Microsoft Professional Program tracks, and enroll in the one that fits your career goals.