Data Science Certificate Program

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Frequently asked questions

In which language is the program?

All classes and materials are in english.

At what time do the courses start and end?

The course takes place on fridays, 9 am to 5.30 pm. For details please see the curriculum.

How can I get discount?

The 20% discount is intended for applicants from social, scientific and cultural facilities. In order to claim the discount you must attach a proof together with your application.

Are there any requirements?

The Certificate Program in generally intended for anyone working in any area of the working or educational life. In order to participate, either a university degree with focus in mathematics, statistics, computer science or related disciplines and at least one year of work experience is required or any kind of university degree qualifying and at least three years of work experience in an area relevant to the certified data science training program.

What is the admission process?

The admission process can only be done online. Please submit your application online via the following link. You will shortly receive a confirmation of receipt via e-mail. Shortly after the deadline, the steering committee decides whether your application is being considered. Not later than six weeks before the beginning of the course the registration is binding.

What does the fee include?

The fee includes snacks, drinks, coffee, course material and a graded certificate.

What if I miss one or several course days?

Participation is not compulsory but highly recommended. All material is available online shortly after each course day. However, participating and passing the exam is mandatory to obtain the certificate.

What happens at the exam?

There will be a written and an oral exam on the 10th day of our certificate program (see curriculum for latest dates). The written exam (60 min.) starts at 9:00 am and consists of short questions and multiple choice questions. For the oral exam, you are expected to solve a practical problem description. You have 60 minutes preparation time, during which you have to design an outline for a possible solution in text. Afterwards, you will be asked to present, discuss and defend your approach for solving the problem in a 15-minute interview.

What if I fail the exam?

A failed exam can be repeated on the next possible regular date and a separate examination fee will be charged for each retest. See the Course Regulations for further information.

Do I need to bring anything?

Please note we do not provide computers or laptops. For the entire course we kindly ask you to bring your own laptop with a current version of the free software R ( and RStudio (
If you do not have administration rights on your laptop (often the case in company laptops), you should also make sure that you can install R packages on your laptop (for example, with the R command install.packages ("mlr")). We will provide Internet access for all participants via BayernWLAN, please make sure that you can access free WIFI hotspots as you may need internet access for some lectures (e.g. for solving quizzes).