Microsoft Launches a Certification Program in Data Science on

Microsoft announced this week an online certification program, intended for professionals and graduates who are interested in Data Science. This program features several courses on Microsoft Excel, Power BI, R and Python languages, statistics and machine learning.

Available on as a free initiative with a verified certificate from $25 to $99, the Microsoft Data Science Curriculum outlines three units —Fundamentals, Core Data Science and Applied Data Science— and a capstone project requirement where “learners” showcase their acquired talents.

“At Microsoft, we believe the approach and tools used for learning need to continually evolve to meet the demands of our device-centric and data-driven world,” said Alison Cunard, the general manager at Microsoft Learning Experiences. She added that in the current era of technology, “both technical and functional skills are becoming increasingly critical across all careers and vocations.”