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Certificate in Engineering Data Science

The Cullen College of Engineering has developed a flexible Graduate Certificate in Engineering Data Science.


The Graduate Certificate is a five-course program which combines the basic data science knowledge gained via courses in Computer Science and Mathematics with discipline-specific engineering courses.


The Certificate program is suitable for graduate students in various engineering departments, and also for industry practitioners who would like to obtain some knowledge and proficiency in this exciting new field.


This certficate program is open for both, students who are already enrolled or plan to enroll in a MS or PhD program at UH or individuals who plan to just enroll in this certificate program.

Option A: Students who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a MS or PhD program at the University of Houston you can add the program as a concurrent certificate objective. Please register for the program using our application form and make an appointment to discuss details for course enrollment.

Option B: Individuals who are planning to enroll only for this certificate program

  • An online application must be completed with an ApplyWeb Application 
  • 1 official transcript should be mailed to one of the following addresses below:

        Regular Mail:
    University of Houston
    Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 3947
    Houston, TX 77253-3947    

  • Express Mail:
    University of Houston
    Graduate Admissions
    4302 University Dr., Rm 102
    Houston, TX 77204-2012

  • 1 unofficial transcript uploaded with ApplyWeb Application
  • For further information on how to apply, please review the following website: How to Apply
  • For further information concerning international applications, please review the following website: International Applicants


Students pursuing an MS or PhD degree have already been admitted to UH and they will be enrolled in the Certificate program simply upon request. Applications from prospective students interested in the Certificate only, without a further advanced degree, will be evaluated by the Data Science Institute. Admissions will be regulated by existing university rules as detailed in the Graduate Catalog. Specifically, “applicants for admission to the Certificate program must meet the same admissions standards and requirements as other applicants for graduate study, with the exception of officially reported standardized exam scores (e.g., GRE, GMAT).” Certificate only students will not be required to take the GRE.


Three of the five courses constituting the program are foundational data science courses and are common for students of all engineering departments. The three data-science foundational courses are to be chosen from the two groups shown in the following table. A minimum of one course must be taken from each group.

Group A Group B

MATH 6382 or MATH 6383 Probability and Statistics

MATH 6358 Linear Models & Applications

MATH 6380 Multivariate Analysis

(To be offered in Spring 2020) MATH 6397 – Selected Topics in Math

COSC 6335 Data Mining

COSC 6380 Digital Image Processing

COSC 6339 Big Data Analytics

COSC 6336 Natural Language Processing

Additional courses deemed suitable by the Mathematics and Computer Science Departments may be added once they have been approved.

The remaining two courses are to be chosen from the data-science oriented courses offered by the various departments of the College. One of these latter two courses may be project-oriented or consist of an internship in a Houston area company supervised by a UH faculty member. Every department of the Cullen College already offers courses with significant and suitable data science content. Here is a list of Data Science courses currently offered in the Cullen College of Engineering.

Spring 2020 Courses

The courses eligible for the Certificate program offered in the Spring of 2020 are:

  • COSC 6336 - Natural Language Processing

  • COSC 6380 - Digital Image Processing

  • COSC 6397 - Introduction to Data Mining and Machine Learning

  • MATH 6397 - Mathematics of Machine Learning

Note that, while these courses are offered in the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics, they are not intended for students who have majored in these fields. They are suitable for students in Engineering, the Natural Sciences and other quantitative fields.



Dr. Yashashree Kulkarni

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Director of Research Computing, Cullen College of Engineering


Phone: (713) 743-3657