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 Information and Library Science (SILS), 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.  

Enrollment is currently limited to the academic units that have established partnership agreements with SILS: Chemistry; City and Regional Planning; Environment, Ecology, and Energy; Geography; and Political Science. Students must be nominated by their department in order to apply.

If you have questions about the certificate program, please email