Certificate in Data Visualization

Make Your Data Come Alive Visually


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $4,245

Next start date:

April 16, 2024

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About this Program

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 success in a variety of industries. The career outlook is bright for professionals who are well-versed in these skills.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore ways to organize and derive meaning from data using Tableau 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 effectively convey data in a professional setting. 

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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 course first. 

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Video Overview

Lisa Carlson, instructor of the Certificate in Data Visualization, discusses the value of telling a compelling story using data and how the program gives students a competitive edge in the job market.

Duration: 02:32


  • The fundamental design principles and different types of data visualization
  • How to locate, prepare, model and analyze data using Tableau
  • Methods for creating interactive visualizations tailored to specific audiences and devices
  • Techniques to add context with benchmarks and comparisons
  • Data prep and cleaning techniques; basic and table calculations; and advanced interactivity concepts such as sets, set actions, parameters and parameter actions


  • Apply theory to create visualizations using Tableau 
  • Complete data visualization projects that you can add to your professional portfolio

Apply for a Scholarship

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.

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Top Employers

Boeing, Amazon, Tableau Software, T-Mobile, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

Program Overview

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.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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 »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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