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 program expansion was added to supply career professionals the opportunity to develop further data skills needed in an adapting professional climate. 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 or full-time jobs as well as the certificate’s requirements.

Applying to the CADS Program

Notice: If you have applied via Qualtrics between January and March 22nd, please send a follow up email to

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.
  • CADS is now accepting Non-Degree Seeking students! You can navigate to the application by clicking here. The application is 'Graduate' and 'Certificate or Post Bacc Program'. Applications for NDS students wishing to being in Spring 2023 close on December 22nd, 2022.

If you have questions about the certificate program or application process, please email

For information on Non-degree seeking student tuition and fees, please click here.

Please note: CADS is currently only available for UNC undergraduate students and Non-Degree Seeking Graduate students. Currently enrolled UNC Graduate students are not eligible to apply at this time.