Application Deadline

We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, or until the program fills, whichever comes first.

Application Steps

Note: If you are a graduate of the Certificate in Data Science, or have successfully completed the Data Science: Machine Learning Techniques course prior to Spring 2018, you can just submit an application form and pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. You do not have to submit the materials listed in Steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Complete the programming assessment test

Applicants must take our online programming test.

Step 2: Gather the following materials

  • A brief letter (250-word maximum) that describes your relevant experience, transferable skills, knowledge of the field and commitment to professional growth
  • A resume that highlights how your education and any applicable experience fulfill the program’s admission requirements

Be sure to include the name used on your programming test in your letter of application.

Step 3: Apply

Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 2, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.

After Applying

We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.

If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. To ensure your spot in class, we recommend that you register by the priority registration deadline, which is four weeks before class begins. After that time, we may release your seat to another student. The final registration deadline is two days before the first class meeting.

The UW requires all students, including online students, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. You must provide proof of vaccination status or submit a request for an exemption for medical or religious reasons before you can register for classes.


You may qualify for an income-based scholarship for this program. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Related Resources


Our students are a diverse group of professionals that include statisticians, applied mathematicians, data scientists and experienced programmers. Applicants are evaluated on their skills and background, and everyone is required to take a programming test (see exceptions below).

Admission requirements vary depending on your field. Review the requirements that pertain to you below.

If you are a programmer, software engineer or another kind of engineer:

  • Three years of recent professional programming experience in a high-level language such as C, C++, Java or Python or equivalent personal projects such as in Kaggle
  • Undergraduate mathematics courses covering linear algebra, calculus and probability
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics (or completion of the Foundations of Statistics course)

If you are a statistician, applied mathematician or data scientist, or have a Ph.D. in another quantitative field:

  • Two years of experience as a statistician, data scientist or applied mathematician OR a Ph.D. in a quantitative field (ABDs — All But Dissertation people — welcome)
  • Familiarity with programming in a high-level language as demonstrated by the programming assessment

If you don't meet the requirements above, you might consider enrolling in the Certificate in Data Science first. Or you may go ahead and apply to the Certificate in Machine Learning, and you may be given options for fulfilling the requirements before the program begins.

Exceptions to the Requirements Above

If you are a graduate of the Certificate in Data Science program, or you have successfully completed the Data Science: Machine Learning Techniques course, you'll be automatically accepted into the program after you submit your application form and fee. You do not have to take the programming test or submit any additional application materials.

Time Commitment

Including time in class, you should expect to spend about 9 to 11 hours each week on coursework.

English Proficiency

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.

International Students

To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.

Technology Requirements

  • Access to a computer with a recent operating system and web browser
  • Administrator privileges on the computer to install software
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Headset and webcam (recommended)

Earning the Certificate

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.