As businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations increasingly rely on data for decision-making, the demand for “data capable” employees is growing dramatically.

Not only are dedicated data science jobs on the rise, but a wide range of professional roles are now becoming data driven.

The Certificate in Applied Data Science (CADS) is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the modern workforce. Drawing on the data science expertise of the UNC School of Information and Library Science, the program offers focused training with a strong emphasis on practical workplace applications, including a practicum in which students will complete a project in a real-world setting.

CADS was developed specifically for students pursuing majors or degrees that are not traditionally data-focused. The curriculum will enable students to gain an understanding of data science tools, methods, and best practices, as well as the complex ethical and societal issues associated with data-driven approaches.

Courses will be offered online, helping students meet the demands of their degree programs as well as the certificate’s requirements.

Applying to the CADS Program

Interested students must apply for admission to the CADS program, and only admitted students can enroll in CADS coursework. For more details about the application process, please see the CADS admission page

  • Currently enrolled eligible UNC students interested in the CADS program may fill out the following application form by clicking here.
  • While the CADS program is currently not accepting applications for non-enrolled UNC students, those interested in being notified when that application opens can fill out the following interest form by clicking here.

If you have questions about the certificate program, please email