With a self-paced program, there is no application deadline — you can apply and start the program whenever you'd like.
Step 1: 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, and includes a statement that you've completed the SQL Self-Test
- A resume that highlights how your education and any applicable experience fulfill the program's admission requirements
Step 2: Apply
Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.
We’ll contact you within seven business days of receiving your complete 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 course, including information on paying your course fee. You have six weeks to register for your first course after being accepted. After that, you'll need to reapply to the program before you can register.
You may qualify for an income-based scholarship for this program. For more information, see the Scholarships page.
To apply, you must have:
- Two years of college
- Two years of experience working in an organization or in the public sector
- Basic knowledge of SQL and an understanding of database applications and relational databases, as demonstrated by successful completion of the SQL Self-Assessment. Those who need help meeting this requirement should consider taking the Foundations of Databases & SQL Programming course.
- A solid background in statistics, including a basic conceptual knowledge and familiarity with statistical concepts such as standard deviation, types of distributions, and confidence intervals. Applicants who need help meeting this requirement should consider enrolling in the Foundations of Statistics course.
You should have a basic understanding of simple SQL statements such as SELECT, JOIN and UNIQUE and how to implement them.
Including time in class, you should expect to spend about 9 to 11 hours each week on coursework.
For the self-paced format, at this weekly rate you can expect to complete each course in about 10 weeks.
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.
- Access to a computer with a recent Windows operating system (XP or later) and web browser
- 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.