Make Your Data Come Alive Visually
Next start date:
October 6, 2021
A picture speaks a thousand data points. In a data-driven world, the ability to present large amounts of information through visualizations is increasingly important for business success. The career outlook for professionals who are well-versed in these skills is bright.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore ways to organize and derive meaning from data by using data visualization tools and techniques. You’ll learn how to create rich, intuitive visualizations that can help your organization make more insightful decisions. Use principles drawn from the fields of visual design, perceptual psychology and cognitive science to develop your ability to make data make sense for everyone.
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Professionals who want to learn how to effectively visualize data.
Those who want more background in data analysis might consider taking our Foundations of Data Analysis first.
To apply, you must have basic proficiency in spreadsheet tools such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, including the ability to input, organize, and modify data and create basic charts.
Including time in class, you should expect to spend about 6 to 8 hours each week on coursework.
If English is not your native language, you should have at least intermediate English skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements – Noncredit Programs.
Because this offering is 100% online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
Ben Jones, instructor for the Certificate in Data Visualization, talks about the valuable technical skills that students acquire in the program.
You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Data Visualization Theory: A Practical Introduction
Data Visualization Presentation: Dashboards & Storytelling
Decision-Making Through Data Visualization
Certificate in Data Visualization
Approved by the UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and developed under the guidance of the eScience Institute.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Emily Bender, Professor, Linguistics, University of Washington
Ian Cameron, Data Reporting Analyst, UW Continuum College
Wendy Gable Collins, Senior Designer, Visual Communications and Cartography, King County
Erin Gorup, Program Manager, International & Academic Programs, UW Continuum College
Wendy Grus, Senior Data Analyst, Hulu
Karl Haberl, Practice Director - Big Data and Analytics, Sirius Computer Solutions
Rick Heiges, Senior Consultant in Data & AI, Microsoft
Alvin Hui, Senior Data Engineer, Knock Rentals CRM
Santosh Iyer, Director of Technology, Expedia
Mark Korver, Geospatial Lead, WWPS Solution Architecture, Amazon Web Services
Bart Pietrzak, Director of Reporting and Analytics, University of Washington
Jandee Richards, BI and Data Architect, DB Best Technologies
Jen Stirrup, Director, (Microsoft MVP), Data Relish, Ltd.
Join an upcoming information session to learn more about the program, curriculum and instructors.
Tue, Aug 10 at 12 p.m. – Online
"The UW data visualization program was the best thing I’ve ever done for professional development. It’s been a really great way to enhance this part of my career."
In this short video, Porsche Everson talks about how the Certificate in Data Visualization enabled her to upgrade her skills and gain recognition for her work.
Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »
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