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WorldQuant University's Introduction to Data Science Module

Updated on Jun 17, 2020 4582 views
WorldQuant University's Introduction to Data Science Module

Your Introduction to Data Science is tuition-free

Our continuing education module consists of two eight-week units that challenge students to find several ways to solve problems through data analysis. Our hands-on approach ensures the skills students acquire translate seamlessly into the workplace.

Across both units in the module, students gain a comprehensive introduction to scientific computing, Python, and the related tools data scientists use to succeed in their work. Students will develop machine learning and statistical analysis skills through hands-on practice with open-ended investigations of real-world data.

All students receive complimentary access to a ready-to-use Python environment for the entire module. This allows students to gain first-hand experience with Python, pandas, and Jupyter Notebooks, and allows for immediate immersion into novel data science problems.

The Applied Data Science module is built by Worldquant University’s partner, The Data Incubator, a fellowship program that trains data scientists. Graduates earn a certificate upon completion of each unit to share and celebrate their professional development.

Students only need to fill out a short profile on their educational history and technical skillset to apply. The application takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

The Module

The Applied Data Science module is delivered entirely online so students can participate in continuing education without disrupting their lives.

Students who successfully complete Unit I earn a certificate and an invitation to enroll in Unit II. Those who successfully complete Unit II earn an overall certificate. Students have the opportunity to complete either unit of the module with honors.

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  • Completed online application with all required documents
  • Official transcripts from highest college/university degree earned*

    Bachelor’s degree (required)

  • Passing score of 75% on Quantitative Proficiency Test
  • Proof of English proficiency (Duolingo English Test, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores)**

*As part of your application, you may submit a scanned copy of your transcript for the highest college or university degree you have earned. Upon acceptance into the program, you are required to submit official transcripts, which are sent directly from your former college or university to WQU via postal mail or email. Official transcripts that are not in English will need to be evaluated by a member of NACES and submitted to the University for review. Please refer to the policy in the University Catalog.

**The Duolingo English Test, The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) is required of applicants whose native language is not English. The only exception is for applicants who have earned a degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English.

Test Cost Minimum Passing Score
Duolingo English Test $49 USD 95
TOEFL PBT $180 USD 530
TOEFL iBT $180 USD (price may vary by country) 71
IELTS $215–240 USD (price may vary by country) 6.5
PTE Academic $175–375 USD (price may vary by country) 50

Is our program a good fit for you? The skills listed below are not required, but may be a good indicator:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline such as physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or economics
  • Experience in analyzing datasets
  • Undergraduate-level lab science course (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.)
  • Experience in at least one programming language such as Python, C++, Java, etc.
  • Undergraduate-level proficiency in Maple, Matlab, R, or SPSS
  • Experience with Discrete Optimization
  • Relevant work experience

WorldQuant University is licensed in the United States and must follow U.S. State Department regulations regarding sanctioned nations. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to offer our programs to students residing in the following countries: Crimean Peninsula, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

The Application Process

 Create an account

Once you have created an account, you will receive an automated email with a verification link. Clicking on the link will verify your account and allow you to fill out your profile and to upload the required documents.

Please be aware, you must complete your profile and upload your documents in one sitting. Before starting your application, please review the admission requirements and make sure to gather all the required documents.

 Review admission requirements and make sure you are aware of deadlines

While every effort is made to accommodate students, submitting an application by the deadline does not guarantee acceptance or a seat in the desired course session.


Start Date Appl. Deadline
January 7 Closed
April 7 Closed
July 7 June 23
October 6 September 23

Admission to the Master of Science in Financial Engineering program is available to all qualified applicants who meet the above requirements.


 Gather and upload your required documents

Here is the complete list of all the documents needed to complete your application:

  • Government Issued Photo ID

    (e.g. national ID card, passport, or driver’s license)

  • College/University Transcripts

    (Bachelor’s Degree required)

  • Proof of English Proficiency (if applicable)

    (Duolingo English Test, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores)

Remember, you will have to complete your profile and upload your documents in one sitting. Admission decisions can only be made once all the required documents are received. Before submitting, please double check all parts of your application to make sure you have uploaded all of the required documents. You will not be able to make any changes after submission (unless you need to update your contact information).

 Take the Quantitative Proficiency Test

Upon submission of the preliminary portion of your application, you may proceed to take the Quantitative Proficiency Test to determine your mathematical and statistical proficiency. It may take up to three hours and must be completed in one sitting, so make sure you have enough time before you begin. To be eligible for admission, you must earn a minimum passing score of 75%. Check out our FAQ to learn how to prepare for the test.


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