Foundations of Data Science (GC)

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Length of program

Full-time: 4 months Part-time: 8 months

Program consists of:

  • Coursework
  • Project


  • Lethbridge
  • Virtual



Program description

With little or no prior computational or statistical experience, study online or in-person and enhance your career in a range of backgrounds in the Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Data Science (GCFDS). You'll gain a solid foundation in data science theories, methods and applications using complex data from a variety of fields, including business, science, health, engineering, agriculture, social science, natural resources, entertainment, communications, sports and more. Use data management tools, data visualization, machine learning model construction, as well as results interpretation and communication, in both academic and industry contexts.

  • Learn to store, prepare, visualize, analyze, model and communicate data.
  • Gain the basic terminology and concepts of data science.
  • Understand the components of a data science workflow and be able to apply this workflow to answer targeted questions using data.
  • Acquire advanced knowledge in data processing and machine learning, such as: data cleaning, data wrangling; regression and classification tasks; supervised and unsupervised machine learning. approaches; regression trees and deep neural networks; data visualization and communication of complex results.
  • Apply machine learning algorithms and associated tools in a cloud computing environment
  • Understand the limitations and ethical concerns around solving real-world problems using data collection and machine learning.
  • Develop competency with programming languages like Python.

The program consists of the following courses (12.0 credit hours):

  • Data Science 5010/Business Analytics 5010 - Introduction to Data Science and Analytics in Python I
  • Data Science 5020/Business Analytics 5020 - Data Visualization (1.5 credit hours)
  • Data Science 5050/Business Analytics 5050 - Data Wrangling (1.5 credit hours)
  • Data Science 5110/Business Analytics 5110 - Introduction to Data Science and Analytics in Python II
  • Data Science 5140/Business Analytics 5140 - Data Management (1.5 credit hours)
  • Data Science 5180 - Final Project (1.5 credit hours)

    In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.

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    Additional information

    Applicants will meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree (i.e. undergraduate degree) from a recognized degree-granting institution
    • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on the uLethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses (60.0 credit hours)
    • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) for graduate students

    Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

    Before you begin an application, please review the supporting documents below. If additional documentation is required, the Faculty of Arts and Science will contact you.


    Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline


    Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents

    Official documents (e.g., transcripts, English language proficiency test scores) are required prior to registration.
    Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to ULethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at


    Step 4: Admission Decision Process

    The relevant Graduate Program Committee reviews your application and makes admissions decisions.

    *Note: Students who are graduates of non-Canadian universities must provide notarized English translations of all documents not in the English language.

    For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.


    Unofficial Transcripts
    You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

    Official Transcripts
    You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received prior to course registration.

    Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at

    Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
    Registrar’s Office
    University of Lethbridge
    4401 University Drive West
    Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

    Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

    Curriculum vitae

    Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV.

    English Language Proficiency Requirements

    English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information.