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.

11
REQUIRED COURSES
8 - 12
HOURS PER COURSE
11
SKILLS

Technologies you will use to gain your skills

T-SQL
Microsoft Excel
Power BI
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.

  • Introduction to Data Science

    Provided 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.

  • Option 1
    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.

  • Option 2
    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.

  • 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.

  • Ethics and Law in Data and Analytics

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn to apply ethical and legal frameworks to initiatives in the data profession. You will explore practical approaches to data and analytics problems posed by work in Big Data, Data Science, and AI. You will also investigate applied data methods for ethical and legal work in Analytics and AI.

  • 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
    Introduction to R for Data Science

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn the basics of R programming. Starting from variables and basic operations, you will eventually learn how to handle data structures such as vectors, matrices, data frames and lists. In the final section, you will dive deeper into the graphical capabilities of R, and create your own stunning data visualizations. No prior knowledge in programming or data science is required.

  • Option 2
    Introduction to Python for Data Science

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn the basics of Python programming. Starting from the very beginning, with basic arithmetic and variables, and learn how to handle data structures, such as Python lists, Numpy arrays, and Pandas DataFrames. Along the way, you’ll learn about Python functions and control flow. Plus, you’ll look at the world of data visualizations with Python and create your own stunning visualizations based on real data.

  • Option 1
    Essential Math for Machine Learning: R Edition

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn the essential mathematical foundations for machine learning and artificial intelligence using R. The couse focuses on mathematical concepts that you’ll encounter in studies of machine learning. It is designed to fill the gaps for students who missed these key concepts as part of their formal education, or who need to refresh their memories after a long break from studying math.

  • Option 2
    Essential Math for Machine Learning: Python Edition

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn the essential mathematical foundations for machine learning and artificial intelligence using Python. The couse focuses on mathematical concepts that you’ll encounter in studies of machine learning. It is designed to fill the gaps for students who missed these key concepts as part of their formal education, or who need to refresh their memories after a long break from studying math.

  • Option 3
    Essential Statistics for Data Analysis using Excel

    Provided by Microsoft

    Gain a solid understanding of statistics and basic probability, using Excel, and build on your data analysis and data science foundation.

  • Option 1
    Data Science Research Methods: R Edition

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn the essential skills and hands-on experience with the science and research aspects of data science work using R, from setting up a proper data study to making valid claims and inferences from data experiments.

  • Option 2
    Data Science Research Methods: Python Edition

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn the essential skills and hands-on experience with the science and research aspects of data science work using Python, from setting up a proper data study to making valid claims and inferences from data experiments.

  • Microsoft Professional Capstone : Data Science

    Provided 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.

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

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.