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    Key Highlights

    Designed for Managers
    Designed for Managers
    20+ Live Learning Sessions
    20+ Live Learning Sessions
    5+ Expert Coaching Sessions
    5+ Expert Coaching Sessions
    Learn on Excel, Tableau and Python
    Learn on Excel, Tableau and Python
    3 Industry Projects and a Capstone!
    3 Industry Projects and a Capstone!
    Case Based Pedagogy
    Case Based Pedagogy
    200+ Content Hours Available
    200+ Content Hours Available
    Career Mentorship Sessions (1:1)
    Career Mentorship Sessions (1:1)
    High Performance Coaching(1:1)
    High Performance Coaching(1:1)
    Personalised Industry Session
    Personalised Industry Session
    Support available 7 days a week, 24x7
    Support available 7 days a week, 24x7

    Professional Certificate Program in Data Science for Business Decision Making introduces difficult concepts of data science and machine learning algorithms in a simple format with special emphasis on real-world business applications.

    - Prof. C Raju, Quantitative Methods and Operations Management

    About the Programme

    Student Support

    Student Support

    Student Support is available 7 days a week, 24*7 You can write to us via Or for urgent queries, use the "Talk to Us" option on the Learn platform.

     Industry Expertise

    Industry Expertise

    One-on-one sessions with industry mentors, access to all required softwares and tools, 3 projects and a Capstone to ensure you are up-to-date with the industry.

     Dedicated Career Assistance

    Dedicated Career Assistance

    Learn from experts in 1:1 career counselling sessions and fast forward your career.


    Best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry leaders in the form of videos, cases and projects.

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    Top Subjects You Will Learn:

    Business Problem Solving and Storytelling,Statistics and Macview more

    Who Is This Programme For?

    Managers and Aspiring Managers, MBA Graduates, Engineers, Prview more

    Minimum Eligibility

    Bachelor's Degree with minimum 50% marks (40% for Female Leaview more

    Programming Languages and Tools Covered


    The applications will be taught primarily through R. However, learners will not be required to write major codes. Power BI modules are optional. .

    IIM Kozhikode

    Professional Certificate Programme
    Complete all the courses successfully to obtain this prestigious recognition from IIM Kozhikode.
    Professional Certificate Programme
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    • 4th Ranked Management Institute in India by NIRF
    • Globally Accredited by EQUIS and AMBA
    • 2nd - Atal Innovation Rankings (ARIIA) 2021, Institutes of National Importance, Central University & CFIs (Non-Technical) category
    • Widely recognised and valued certification from IIMK
    • Network with Data Science, Business and Other Functional managers across all industries
    • Note: *Learners will receive only soft copies of the certificates.

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    Learn on an AI-powered & personalised platform with best-in-class content, live sessions & mentoring from leading industry experts.
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    Learn from India’s leading Data Science faculty and industry leaders


    Best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry leaders in the form of videos, cases and projects, assignments and live sessions. 

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    Content Hours Available
    Industry Projects
    Live Learning Sessions
    Expert Coaching Sessions

    Pre-Program Preparatory Content

    1 Week
    • Intro to Excel
    • Intro to Python; Python for DS; Data Visualization in Python (Optional)

    Business Problem Solving, Insights and Storytelling

    7 Weeks
    • Understanding the Business Problem and Formulating Hypotheses
    • Exploratory Data Analysis
    • Visualisation using Tableau
    • Data Storytelling: Narrate Stories in a Memorable Way
    • Project on deriving business insights and storytelling

    Statistics & Machine Learning

    16 Weeks
    • Descriptive & Inferential Statistics
    • Hypothesis Testing
    • Linear Regression
    • Forecasting
    • Project: Regression
    • Classification
    • Clustering & Market Basket Analysis
    • Text Analytics, Processing, and Predictive Modelling
    • Model Selection
    • Project: Classification

    DS Strategy - Becoming a data evangelist

    3 Weeks
    • Framework to DS Strategy
    • Mapping DS with Data Architecture Strategy
    • Executing DS Strategy

    Capstone Project

    6 Weeks
    • Capstone Project

    Industry Projects

    Learn through real-life industry projects across industries
    • Engage in projects with problem of your choice. Bring in your own data-set and explore to apply concepts learnt in the course.
    • Personalised subjective feedback on your submissions to facilitate improvement.

    The upGrad Advantage


    Career Assistance

    Career Assistance
    Career Mentorship Sessions (1:1)
    • Get mentored by an experienced industry expert and receive personalised feedback to achieve your desired outcome
    High Performance Coaching (1:1)
    • Get a dedicated career coach after the program to help track your career goals, coach you on your profile, and support you during your career transition journey

    Learning Support

    Learning Support
    Industry Expert Guidance
    • Interactive Live Sessions with leading industry experts covering curriculum + advanced topics
    • Personalised Industry Session in small groups (of 10-12) with industry experts to augment program curriculum with customized industry based learning
    Student Support
    • Available 7 days a week, 24x7
    • For urgent queries, use the Call Back option on the platform.

    Practical Learning and Networking

    Practical Learning and Networking
    Networking & Learning Experience
    • Live Discussion forum for peer to peer doubt resolution monitored by technical experts
    • Peer to peer networking opportunities with a alumni pool of 10000+
    • Lab walkthroughs of industry-driven projects
    • Weekly real-time doubt clearing sessions

    Our Learners Work At

    Top companies from all around the world have recruited upGrad alumni

    Admission Process

    There are 3 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed below:

    Program Fees

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Course Curriculum

    What is the Professional Certification Programme in Data Science for Business Decision Making with upGrad?

    The Programme is an engaging yet rigorous 8-months blended program designed specifically for managers and working professionals to develop practical knowledge and skills, establish a professional network, and accelerate their careers. The certification is awarded by IIM Kozhikode.

    What should I expect from the Programme in Data Science for Business Decision Making?

    Expect to understand formulation of data science problems, the actual algorithms that are used, and how data is presented to help take important business decisions. The curriculum consists of live sessions, expert coaching sessions and projects making you a skilled data science manager at par with leading industry standards.

    What should I NOT expect from the Programme in Data Science for Business Decision Making?

    The programme is NOT going to be easy. It will be requiring at least 10-12 hours of time commitment per week, applying new concepts and executing industry relevant projects.

    Which topics are going to be covered as part of the programme?

    The curriculum will consist of the following courses:

    Course 1: Pre-Program Preparatory Content
    Course 2: Business Problem Solving, Insights and Storytelling
    Course 3: Statistics & Machine Learning
    Course 4: DS Strategy - Becoming a data evangelist
    Course 5: Capstone Project

    What type of learning experience should I expect?

    The content will be a mix of interactive lectures from industry leaders as well as world-renowned faculty. Additionally, the program comprises live lectures or hangout sessions dedicated to solving your academic queries and reinforcing learning. 

    Is any certification granted at the end of the programme?

    Post successful completion of the programme, a Certification of completion for Professional Certificate Programme in Data Science for Business Decision Making would be granted from IIM Kozhikode.

    Time Commitment

    What is the time commitment expected for the programme?

    At least 10-12 hours per week of time commitment is expected to be able to graduate from the programme.

    Career Prospects and Support

    What type of career support should I expect from this programme?

    Preparatory Support: Mentoring on how to make the best resume for a data professional, highlighting technical and domain expertise. Data Science interview preparation and interview mentoring by industry experts. 
    Access to Opportunities: Profiles of students will be circulated in upGrad's network of companies. For learners with 5+ years of experience, it becomes more difficult to convert these opportunities than others. For them, it's more about how to inculcate data-driven leadership in the current job and plan a transition into Data analytics or Data Science in the medium-to-long run.

    How will my doubts/questions be addressed in an online programme?

    Peer-to-peer discussion forum where you can post your queries and your peers/faculty/teaching assistants answer your queries within a day. Regular Q&A sessions with faculty to get clarification on conceptual doubts.

    Refund Policy/Financials

    What is the fee for the Programme in Data Science for Business Decision Making?

    The programme is priced at INR 1,77,000 (incl. taxes).

    Is there any deferral or refund policy for this programme?

    Refund Policy: (Programmes with prep-session component) 

    1. Student must pay an applicable block amount for the enrolment to the Programme. This block amount will be adjustable against the total Programme fee payable by the student.
    2. You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Programme at any time, before Programme start date, by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile and complete the entire refund application process within the deadlines as set out more particularly in ‘Table-A’ below.
    3. Learner can request for a refund for the Programme fee, as per the timelines given below in ‘Table-A’.
    4. The eligibility of the refund amount will be based on the slabs as specified below in ‘Table-A’ and the date on which the fully completed application was received. The percentage of refund as mentioned below in ‘Table-A’ shall be calculated on the total amount paid by the learner towards the Programme fee as on the date of refund request.



    S No Point of time when notice of withdrawal of admission is served to the University or to upGradPercentage of Refund
    1.At least 15 day before the commencement of the Programme100% [subject to deduction of Rs. 5,000/-]
    1.3Less than 15 days but before the commencement of the Programme70%
    1.5After commencement of ProgrammeNo refund


    1. In case a learner has raised a request for refund and is eligible for the refund as per Sr. No. 1 of the Table-A mentioned above, such learner will be refunded the amount as specified in the slab subject to a deduction of Rs. 5,000/- towards processing fee.
    2. In the event where a learner has opted for a loan option from a credit facility partner, to pay the Programme fee, in such cases, the learner will have to pay upfront, the applicable loan cancellation charges levied by credit facility partner, post which the loan will be cancelled and the EMIs deducted shall be refunded as per the eligibility mentioned in ‘Table-A’.
    3. If a learner’s loan application is rejected in any case, learner will be eligible to get the refund subject to the refund eligibility mentioned in ‘Table-A’ after deduction of processing fee of Rs. 5,000/-.
    4. In case of a refund, student will be solely responsible for any cancellation of loan, including but not limited to applicable loan cancellation charges levied on the total cancelled loan amount.
    5. Request for refund must be sent via e-mail in the prescribed Refund Request Form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days after being duly approved by the Academic Committee.


    Deferral Policy: (Pre- Programme Commencement) 

    • If a student, due to unavoidable circumstances is unable to commence with the cohort and requests for a deferral before the cohort starts, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
    • However, the student will be required to pay 50% of the total course fee amount (inclusive of taxes) before the deferral can be approved. Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
    • A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of initial batch the student enrolled for.
    • The student has time till the current cohort launch date to make the payment of the 50% programme fee, post which the deferral request will expire. Once the deferral window expires and the student now asks for a refund, the above-mentioned applicable refund policy will apply.
    • The fee applicable to the deferred student will be as per prevailing fee for the batch student as opted to defer to (No additional deferral fee is required to be paid).


    Deferral Policy: (Post Programme Commencement) 

    • If a student is facing severe issues in dedicating time to the course, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
    • A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of initial batch the student enrolled for.
    • The student will be required to pay a deferral fees of 10% of the total course amount fee + Taxes if any along with the differential programme fees between the two cohorts
    • The deferral request will be approved once the deferral fee is paid.
    • Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
    • The student has 7 days (including holidays and weekends) from the date of deferral request to make the payment of the deferral fee post which the deferral request will expire, and the student will continue as part of the current cohort.
    • If the student completes the deferral payment, the student’s login will be disabled, the student will leave the deferred cohort and the student will start learning on the new cohort from the point of the last assignment that was graded in the deferred cohort. All grades and progress till that point will be carried forward as it is to the new cohort. For clarification, the grades of the graded assignments will be carried forward, whether the student had submitted these grading during the initial stage.
    • The deferral can only be requested during the batch for which the student has enrolled is ongoing. Once the batch has completed, deferral requests shall not be entertained. For clarification, the batch completion here shall mean the “last grace deadline” as communicated by upGrad.


    No Cost Credit Card EMI FAQ's

    0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

    1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
    No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank and State Bank of India).

    2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?
    Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

    3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
    No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

    4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
    If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

    5. Are there any fees or down payment?
    Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

    6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
    Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

    7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
    Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

    8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
    Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
    HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
    ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

    9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
    You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

    10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
    Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

    11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
    Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

    Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
    Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
    [Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
    EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
    Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

    Selection Criteria

    How do I know if the programme is right for me?

    If you like finding meaningful insights from data and if you get excited by the prospect of taking informed business decisions through analysis and have an analytical bend of mind, then this programme is meant for you. As long as you are able to clear the selection test (or are exempt) this programme is meant for you.

    My current role does not include exposure to data. Does it make sense for me to opt for this programme?

    Absolutely! Data Science is becoming a necessity for all industries and is no more a choice. Hence, there is a critical demand for quality data professionals and because the supply is constrained, this is one of the most lucrative career options across industries.

    What is the application process for the programme and what are the timelines?

    You can start the application process by submitting the application. Applications have already started for the next cohort. 

    What is the selection process for this programme?

    Step 1: Complete Your Application- Complete your application to take the 30 minutes online eligibility test with 20 questions to kickstart the admissions process. The test is designed to access your quantitative skills, logical aptitude and verbal English to ensure you're ready for the program.  

    Step 2: Get Shortlisted & Receive your Offer Letter- Upon qualifying, an offer letter will be sent to you confirming your admission to the Professional Certificate Programme in Data Science for Business Decision Making.

    Step 3: Block your Seat & Begin the Prep Course- Block your seat with a payment of INR 20,000 to enroll into the programme. Get assistance from our loan partners for the fees. Begin with your Prep course and start your Data Science journey!

    Is there any minimum educational qualification required to take this programme?

    Bachelor's Degree with minimum 50% marks (40% for Female Learners). Minimum 1 year of work experience. Learners should have studied Mathematics at Higher Secondary Level or Graduation / Post-Graduation.

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