Applied Information Science/Data Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Develop your data skills

Our lives run on data.

You can learn to understand and manage the data we create, consume, and interact with daily, when you earn an Applied Information Science/Data Studies Certificate from Indiana University through the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering in Indianapolis.

Can’t wait to get started? You have the option to earn this 18-hour certificate entirely online, through our quick and affordable Online Data Boot Camp. This is a convenient option for recent high school graduates and adult learners.

Unlike other boot camp programs, you can apply every credit you earn with this certificate toward a bachelor’s degree.


You can complete this certificate entirely online.

Next Level Jobs Work-Ready Grant

All tuition and fees are eligible for the NextLevel Jobs program. You must be an Indiana resident, have a high school diploma, but less than an associate’s degree, and submit the FAFSA to qualify.

Financial Aid Eligible

This certificate is eligible for federal financial aid.

Apply credits towards B.S.

The certificate completes the beginning portion of an undergraduate degree through Luddy Indianapolis.


This certificate can quickly expand your information skills and put you on the path to a career in data. Because data expertise is needed in every sector, you can work in health care, business, technology – wherever data is collected and managed.

Your coursework allows you to acquire data skills in real-world situations. Graduates can qualify for entry-level positions such as:

Students can expect to earn a $60,000 annual salary or more, with this certificate.

Virtual Information Sessions

Are you ready to dive deeper? We will discuss the admission process, curriculum and format, financial aid, and Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant eligibility. All information sessions are on Zoom. Choose a date below to register.

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Why data matters

The data we produce and collect is an integral part of our daily lives. It influences purely personal choices, like our playlists and shopping choices … and has global impact on multi-million-dollar decision-making affecting everything from disaster preparedness to space exploration.

The Applied Information Science/Data Studies Certificate introduces:

  • Data analysis and manipulation
  • Data organization and database design
  • Data policy development

Learn how these practices relate to creating and disseminating data sets and related information. You’ll develop the skills to:

  • Build database infrastructure
  • Curate data for specific needs
  • Perform management tasks that are part of today’s data life cycle

Certificate Requirements

Note: All courses are asynchronous, except those denoted with  *  have synchronous labs.

Students must earn a C- or higher in each course and maintain a 2.0 GPA to graduate with the Data Studies certificate. All required courses are available online.

This plan of study is subject to revision.

Summer Bootcamp Plan of Study

For students taking the summer bootcamp option:

Summer 1

  • LIS-S 201
  • LIS-S 202
  • LIS-S 301

Summer 2

  • LIS-S 305
  • INFO-I 308
  • INFO-I 415


Getting started

You can earn this as a stand-alone certificate, or as part of an undergraduate degree. To get started, you’ll need to be admitted to IU Indianapolis as an undergraduate student.

Current students

Contact your advisor to add this certificate to your major.

New students

You will need to apply to IU Indianapolis as an undergraduate student.