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Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science for the Chemical Industry

Now accepting applications for Fall 2022

Graduate Certificate Overview

Chemicals, energy, and manufacturing companies around the globe are racing to take advantage of the big data trends in what has become known as Industry 4.0. A key need in this sector is professionals with strong domain knowledge in chemical engineering who are skilled in the tools of data science and can lead data-driven efforts in their companies.

Responding to industry demand, Georgia Tech has created a new graduate certificate: Data Science for the Chemical Industry. This credit-bearing program is the only credential of its kind, preparing chemical engineers with the skills and expertise they need to get ahead, without the long-term commitment of a master’s program.

The online certificate provides the foundations so you can:

  • Understand how data science is relevant to chemical manufacturing.
  • Learn how to use data science programming and software to solve real-world problems in chemical manufacturing.


  • $1,100 per credit hour icon
    $1,100 per credit hour
  • 4 courses (12 credit hours) icon
    4 courses (12 credit hours)
  • 1-2 Years icon
    1-2 Years
  • 100% Online icon
    100% Online


  • Admission Requirements
  • Admission Deadlines
  • How to Apply
  • International Students
Admission Requirements

For admission into the graduate certificate program, please note the following:

  • All applicants are expected to have an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in engineering or hard sciences from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • Work experience is strongly preferred.
  • If you are not familiar with computer programming in Python, or need a refresher, we recommend taking Introduction to Computing in Python prior to starting the Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science for the Chemical Industry.

Test Scores (Optional)
You  may choose to submit standardized test scores, most commonly GRE or GMAT. However, this is not required for admission into the program.

Online Application  
Admission is a competitive process and we carefully review all facets of your application. The information you include in your application assists our admissions committee in evaluating your potential for success in the program. Your application will not be reviewed until all of your supporting documents have been submitted, including unofficial transcripts, TOEFL scores (if applicable), and letters of recommendation. Documents submitted after the application deadline will not be reviewed.

International Students  
For international graduate applicants, please review the international student’s tab for requirements.  

Admission Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline — including unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL scores (if applicable).

  • Fall Enrollment
    • Standard Application Deadline: Mar 1
    • Final Application Deadline: May 1
How to Apply

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. Before you start the application process, take a moment to read through the following information to help you prepare.

Information Required for Application

Personal Information

  • Full legal name
  • Social security number
  • Permanent and current mailing addresses
  • Telephone number and email address
  • Gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Race/ethnicity (optional)
  • Professional resume

Citizenship Information

Academic History

  • Colleges and universities attended
  • Degrees earned
  • Official transcripts
  • Degree documents (international applicants)

Test Scores

  • GRE/GMAT (optional)
  • TOEFL (required for international applicants)

Letters of Recommendation

  • Names and valid email addresses of three recommenders (i.e. former teachers or supervisors) who know you well and can comment on your scholarly characteristics

Additional/Supplemental Information

  • Criminal and academic misconduct history
  • U.S. military affiliation
  • Professional certifications (if applicable)
  • Relevant work experience (if applicable)
  • Scholastic, professional, and community awards/recognition
  • Statement of Purpose that describes why you should be considered, what experiences you can bring to the program, and what you expect to take away from the program to enhance your professional career.

Start Your Application
You can submit your application to the program at any time of the year. If you have any questions during the application process, please check our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Student Services Team.

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Please set aside sufficient time — usually about two to three weeks — for Graduate Studies to receive and process your supporting documents. We cannot guarantee applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in time for the applied semester.  

Application Fee  
A non-refundable application fee must be paid online with a credit card or electronic check if you have a U.S. bank account. The application fee is $75 for U.S. applicants and $85 for international applicants. Your application will not be received until the fee is paid.  

Status Checking
Once your application is completed and submitted, you may monitor its progress through CollegeNet’s online status check system (using the same  CollegeNet user ID and password created when you applied).

International Students

Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live.  Since the program is 100% online, international students applying to the program will not be offered visas. International students do not require U.S. residency to enroll in the program.

The admissions criteria applied in evaluating international applicants are essentially the same as those for U.S. citizens. All application materials, including transcripts and recommendations, must be submitted online and in English. You are also required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.  

International and domestic candidates that have relocated to the state of Georgia for purposes of full-time employment, as well as their spouses, may qualify for a waiver of the non-Georgia resident portion of tuition through the Economic Advantage Program. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process and to confirm eligibility for the Economic Advantage Program.  

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  

Applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score if:  

  • They are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  
  • They are a citizen of a country where English is not the sole official language of instruction.*  
  • They have not successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited university in the United States.  

*Countries where English is the sole official language of instruction include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Canada — except Québec, Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Wales.  

TOEFL scores are valid for two years and the minimum required total score on the exam is 90 for the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT). For more information about these tests visit the  ETS official TOEFL website.  


All applicants to the program must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study. We're unable to make exceptions to this policy.  

The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office does not accept any private evaluation of academic documents. Official transcripts and degree documents must be submitted at the time of application and the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office will evaluate them.  

The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office requires the following documents from international applicants:  

  • Official native language transcripts  
  • Official English translation of the native language transcript  
  • Official native language degree documents  
  • Official English translation of the native language degree document 

Cost & Aid

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Payment and Refunds
  • Financial Assistance
Tuition and Fees

Tuition                             $1,100 per credit hour*  
Mandatory Fees*  
Institutional Fee                $172
Technology Fee                 $107  

*Each course will be three-credit hours

Payment and Refunds

All payments of tuition and fees are handled by the Bursar’s office. For deadlines and instructions on how to pay, please visit the student payment portal.   

The Georgia Tech Bursar’s Office processes refunds via EFT, also known as Direct Deposit, Monday through Friday. Refunds and overpayments are electronically disbursed to the student’s checking or savings account and should be in the students account on the following day or sooner. You are not always eligible for a refund when dropping a course, so please read over the refund policy.  

Financial Assistance

Education Loans  
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for education loans. To learn more about graduate financial aid and loan programs, visit Georgia Tech’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  

Employer Tuition Reimbursement  
Contact your employer’s human resources department for available tuition assistance programs and eligibility.  

The Post-9/11 GI Bill  
Effective August 1, 2011, qualified U.S. veterans may be eligible to receive financial support for tuition, mandatory fees, books, and housing. Additional information is available through the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website.  



General Program Information
What is a graduate certificate at Georgia Tech?

A graduate certificate offers increased flexibility for learners who aren't set on a master's degree and are looking for an "in-between" option. As an added benefit, the graduate certificate can either stand alone, be stacked as part of a progression toward a master's degree, or be pursued by learners already enrolled in master's programs, thus enabling them to graduate with both a master's and a graduate certificate in a certain area.

How long will the graduate certificate take to complete?

Most students will complete one course per semester, so the certificate will take four semesters to complete. Core courses will be offered in Georgia Tech’s fall and spring semesters, but elective courses may also be available in Georgia Tech’s summer semester.

Are these courses suitable for people who are working full time?

Yes. The course delivery and structure will be similar to Georgia Tech’s existing online programs, which currently serve thousands of working professionals.

Are the courses easier than regular college-level classes?

No. Each course is also part of Georgia Tech’s graduate curriculum and will require serious effort by students. But careful attention has been paid in developing the core courses to ensure that they are accessible to students who have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or a related discipline.

International Applicants
Who is considered an international applicant?

Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live.

What is the admissions process for international applicants?

International applications are evaluated in the same manner as U.S. applicants. Non-U.S. citizens/Permanent Residents may need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS test scores to satisfy Georgia Tech’s English Language Proficiency requirement. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process.

Who is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)?

Please find applicable information in our International Applicants section.

What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score needed to be admitted?

Please find applicable information in our International Applicants section.

Do I need to have my transcripts translated or converted?

You will need to provide a direct English translation of your transcript upon application. If your undergraduate institution does not grade on a 4.0 scale, you should not convert your GPA; simply enter it as it appears on your transcripts/student record.

Will I be offered a visa?

Since the program is 100% online, international students applying to the program will not be offered visas.  

Do I need U.S. residency to enroll in the program?

No. International students do not require U.S. residency to enroll in the program.

About Online Learning
What type of instructor contact will I have? Email, phone, chat?

There will be a tiered structure of human support for students, typically involving electronic (email, discussion board) interaction with course personnel, including the instructor of record.

Are courses taught at specific times or can I learn at my own pace?

The courses are typically taught asynchronously, which means learners access and study content anytime, anywhere.

However, there may be synchronous virtual office hours with faculty and teaching assistants or for group project meetings, which students may need to attend in real time. These sessions are often recorded for later access.

Exams, in general, are open for a period of time, during which students take the exam in a shorter time period. For example, you would have two hours within a 48-hour period to take the exam.  

How will you guarantee academic honesty?

All exams on the edX platform utilize an online proctoring solution. Students in these courses are expected to comply with the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code.

How will you handle grading? Will each student be evaluated individually by a human being, or is there an automated process?

Grading is the privilege and responsibility of Georgia Tech’s instructors. We use current and new strategies to encourage academic integrity, including visually verifying your identity against a government issued identity card or passport. We leverage MOOC technology to automate aspects of the grading process, using a significant portion of the tuition to support the scaling of student evaluation through such technologies. Similar techniques already are in use at Georgia Tech to handle grading in classes with very large enrollments.

Technology Requirements

All students should own a computer with these minimum requirements

Form Factor:  Notebook or desktop computer (a netbook or tablet should not be used as the primary computing device*.) A minimum of 6 hours of battery life is recommended. 

Processor:  64-bit multi-core (quad-core or higher) Intel or AMD processor or better. 

Memory:  16 GB or more.  For best performance, install as much memory as affordable at the time of purchase. 

Operating System:  The newest version of Windows (10 or better) or MacOS (10.15 or better). As you progress through the degree program, continue updating to the newest version for better protection against cyber security risks; turning on automatic update can help with this. Before applying software and hardware updates, back up your computer (see below) and ensure the updates will work with your existing applications

Browser:  The newest version of Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome. 

Primary Hard Drive:  256 GB minimum. You may work with large datasets, so the larger, the better. Solid-state drives (SSDs) are ideal because they’re much faster than hard-disk drives (HDDs). 

Backup Device or Service:  Having a quality backup of your important files is vital to your success as a student. Windows and MacOS have an optional built-in backup support (e.g., via Time Machine on MacOS). For students who would like to take advantage of it, we’ve negotiated a student discount for Crashplan (details at OneDrive, provided by GT at no charge, is a great solution as well.   

Free GitHub Repositories: Git is an industry-standard way for collaborative coding and version control; many companies now expect git familiarity from employees.  As a Georgia Tech student, you can create unlimited repositories, which are great for group projects. Always set up repositories to be private (instead of public), and never put any sensitive information (e.g., passwords, AWS keys) in them. Criminals scan public repositories for such information and when they find it, it can lead to huge financial loss for victims. Therefore, use your credentials to run AWS jobs. 

Networking:  Wired connection via Ethernet NIC (1Gbe RJ45/Cat5e or better) or a Dual-Band (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) Wireless 802.11 ac-enabled computer and a reliable, fast network connection (recommended minimum 10Mbps down/4Mbps up).  

Accessories:  A laptop or desktop with a webcam and microphone (built-in or external). Also, although you aren’t required to use a headset with a microphone, they often help students communicate more clearly during video-conference sessions. 

*Most netbooks and tablets (e.g., Apple iPad, Galaxy Tab, and others that run on an operating system designed specifically for the device) do NOT meet the minimum hardware requirements above. They tend to provide sufficient performance for basic tasks, such as web browsing or simple word processing; however, using courses’ technical software may not be possible. 


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