Helzberg School of Management - Data Science FAQs

When can I start the data science certificate program?

Five, 8 week terms are offered throughout the year with entry points in August, October, January, March and June. 

When do classes meet?

Classes meet one night per week from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Most classes meet in Conway Hall, home of the Helzberg School of Management.

What is the admission process?

Each student must complete an online application and have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution. Official transcripts from your degree-granting institution is required and should be mailed directly from your school to:

Rockhurst University
Helzberg School of Management, Graduate Admissions
Conway Hall, Room 201F
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2561

Electronic transcripts are also accepted and may be sent to jennifer.plaster@rockhurst.edu.

Can I fit a certificate into my busy life?

Both tracks within our data science certificate program are designed with you — the working professional — in mind. That’s why classes meet in the evenings, 5:45 to 9 p.m., once per week. With courses that are only eight weeks long, you’ll earn your certificate at a pace that works for you.

How does the alumni discount program work?

The alumni discount allows students to take 1 class each semester at a reduced tuition cost.  The half-off tuition price is per semester or 3 classes a year, not per 8 week term.  Students will complete an alumni discount form with the adviser and are able to register for a class two weeks before the term begins if space is available.  If the class is full, students using the alumni discount will be unable to register.  Alumni discounted courses must be paid for on the day of registration and are not eligible to be covered with federal student loans.  More information may be found here

Is the data science certificate affordable?

The total 2016-17 data science certificate program cost is about $8,220, excluding technology fees and course materials. With the average cost of a master’s degree at more than $40,000, this certificate program is an affordable option that can lead you to success.

Can I complete my projects using my current company’s data and analytic tools?

You are encouraged to use coursework to solve relevant business problems. We want you to use the programs and data relevant to your career as much as possible. If that’s not an option for you, don’t worry. We also offer the option of obtaining data sets from your Helzberg School instructors.

What if I do not have proficiency in R or Python language?

The Helzberg School of Management offers the following courses to get you ready for the data science certificate program:

  • Introduction to R for Data Analytics,  BIA 6311S (.5 credit hour)
    Designed for students who do not have experience and proficiency in this language.
  • Introduction to Python for Data Analytics, BIA 6312S (.5 credit hour)
    Taken by students in the business analytics track who do not have experience and proficiency in this language.