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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you still have questions, please email them to:


If I don't take Foundation of Statistics, can I still obtain the certification?

Yes. If you believe that you have the necessary preparation in Statistics, you are not required to take the Foundation of Statistics course. Students who successfully complete the other three courses can still obtain the certification. But the faculty in the other courses are not responsible to teach students Statistics, so please make sure you are prepared. If it has been a long time since you had a course in Statistics, we strongly recommend that you take Foundation of Statistics to refresh yourself. 


Do I receive a certificate after each course?

Yes. Students receive a certificate after completing each course. And a final certificate stating completion of the certification.   


Do you receive a final grade for each course?

No. Final course grades are Pass/Fail based on an 80% or better score.


Is there a sequence students should follow when taking the courses?

Yes.  We strongly recommend students take Foundation of Statistics, followed by Data Mining, and then Machine Learning. Visual Analytics can be taken last.

Do I have to complete an application when registering for each course?

No there is no application process. The registration includes typical required information only such as name, address, phone, etc. 


Can I receive an Ohio State transcript that will include these courses?

No. This certification is non-credit, therefore the courses will not appear on an official Ohio State University transcript.

Can these courses be transferred in to an Ohio State degree program?

No. This certifcation is non-credit so it's not possible. 


What is the time commitment for each course?  

Each course is equivalent to a one semester credit hour class. Therefore each class consists of approximately 40 hours of class time that includes 12-13 hours of recorded faculty lectures and 23-24 hours of additional course work. Each course is seven weeks in length, so each week there is 5.7 hours of combined class time (40 hrs / 7 weeks). The average student should allow a 2:1 study-to-class-time ratio to complete the course. This means you should plan to study two hours for each one hour of class time. This equates to 11-12 hours each week to complete all course work. (5.7 hrs X 2 = 11-12 hrs).  Based on a person's own personal strengths and experience, you should increase or decrease the ratio. 


If I fail a class, must I pay again to retake the course?



If I cannot complete a course, must I pay again to retake the course?

Yes. The only exception is for medical related emergencies and documentation must be provided to the program. An administrative fee will still be imposed to retake the course.