Program Description

An applied experience for those seeking a practical, in-person education to accelerate their career with today’s hottest skill set.

Program Design

  • You will attend two classes on Saturdays from 9-12pm and 1-4pm for 15 weeks during the fall and 15 weeks during the spring.
  • You will learn from a world-class faculty.
  • You will attend classes at Atkinson's Portland Center in the Pearl District.
  • You can complete the Data Science for Business Certificate in just 9 months (two semesters).
  • You progress through the program in a small cohort of working professionals from the business, government, and not-for-profit sectors, as well as selected MBA students. This format will give you an opportunity to develop relationships, learn from diverse experiences, and benefit from a built-in support network.

Faculty Expertise

Faculty at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management are:

  • Experts who have applied data science to today's most-challenging business questions.
  • Researchers and consultants whose discoveries have enhanced the value of enterprises across sectors of the economy.
  • Experienced teachers who understand how to guide you in the application of data science tools.
  • Mentors who seek to promote your success in a diverse network of managers throughout the region

Career Advancement

Remote online programs force you to sell the value of the technical skills they offer, whereas Data Science @ Atkinson leverages Willamette University's longstanding relationships with employers to ensure that you acquire the data science tools and knowledge that will impact your work and advance your career. The program places you in close contact with companies and organizations eager to employ your new skills and insights.

An investment in yourself that pays off for years to come

  • Atkinson's Data Science for Business is a cross-functional, highly interactive educational experience that provides the skills and experience necessary for career success and advancement.
  • To thrive in today's competitive job market, individuals must possess a versatile skill set which includes computer science, statistics and business. Unlike other programs, Data Science @ Atkinson evolved from a nationally-ranked MBA program which ensures graduates of the certificate program will posses the business knowledge necessary to remain at the cutting edge as data science tools become increasingly automated.   
  • As a graduate of the certificate program, you will become part of a 160+ year tradition of academic excellence at Willamette. The Willamette alumni network is a supportive and collaborative community eager to share expertise and talent.