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  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 Year

Program Overview

Data is essential to the world today, from how data is collected and stored, to using data to make actionable recommendations and inform business decision-making.

This certificate is for anyone with an interest in data analytics, data science, and technology. You will gain the skills needed to utilize new sources of data, navigate unstructured data, and automate processes, as well as experience with planning and design.

Collect, transform, and publish data to enable decision-making

As a data engineer, you should be able to design, build, operationalize, secure, and monitor data processing systems with an emphasis on:

  • Security and compliance
  • Scalability and efficiency
  • Reliability and fidelity
  • Flexibility and portability

You should also be able to leverage, deploy, and work with generalized machine learning models.

  • The role of a data engineer may include:
  • Designing data processing systems
  • Building and operationalizing data processing systems
  • Operationalizing machine learning models
  • Ensuring solution quality

A pathway to more

Sometimes the first step is the hardest. The data engineering certificate is that first step and a pathway to more. For students considering a masters degree, this certificate can be applied to the Master of Science in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics program at Saint Marys.

Program outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in data collection, data engineering, and database administration.
  • Develop custom applications and scripts for visualization and analytics.
  • Communicate with clarity and coherence.
  • Evaluate ethical and legal implications of decision-making.

Course Information

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel).
  2. An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards). Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following: a. brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience b. statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program c. description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities d. personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability.
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)
  7. Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Office of Admission 2500 Park Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Fall Semester Term I
Fall Semester Term II
Spring Semester Term I
Spring Semester Term II
Summer Semester Term I
Summer Semester Term II
Fall Semester Term I
Fall Semester Term II

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $650

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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