Practicum offers online, part-time bootcamps with a strong curriculum and 24/7 support. Get a new job or your money back.
Become a data scientist in 9 months
Online | 9 months
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Data science is a fascinating, lucrative, and fast-growing field. Data scientists structure and analyze large volumes of data, uncover patterns, and make predictions. They are needed in practically every domain: business, finance, science, health, and the public sector.
Practicum will prepare you to break into data science, even if you don't have prior experience.
Our job is to get you a job.
A glimpse
of your future
Average data scientist salary (indeed.com):
$122,338
Skills and knowledge
Check out the course syllabus to find out exactly how you’ll learn all these skills.
Python and essential libraries
Statistical hypothesis testing
Machine learning
Natural language processing: TF-IDF, BERT
Computer vision
SQL
Soft skills: sharing your work and networking
Why have more than 5,000 students chosen Practicum?
Our graduates have landed dream jobs at places like Tesla, Accenture, Nielsen, and Microsoft. Our curriculum prepares students for all aspects of the industry, from base-level knowledge to acing interviews.
Personal support
Money-back guarantee
15-project portfolios
Tutors and mentors will accompany you at every step of the training, and code reviewers will go through each line of your code and design to make sure you’re grasping the material and learning the tools you need properly.
We ensure that you'll find a relevant position. No new job/promotion within six months of graduating? We'll refund you the full price.
Getting a job is about your skills, not your degree. With a solid portfolio, you'll be attractive to employers, which is why our DS students complete at least 15 projects by the time they graduate.
Tutors will accompany you at every step of the training, and code reviewers will go through each line of your code and design to make sure you’re grasping the material and learning the tools you need properly.
Personal support
Tutors will accompany you at every step of the training, and code reviewers will go through each line of your code and design to make sure you’re grasping the material and learning the tools you need properly.
Personal support
No new job/promotion within six months of graduating? We'll refund you in full.
Money-back guarantee
Getting a job is about your skills, not your degree. With a solid portfolio, you'll be attractive to employers, which is why our DS students complete at least 15 projects by the time they graduate.
15-project portfolios
Getting a job is about your skills, not your degree. With a solid portfolio, you'll be attractive to employers, which is why our DS students complete at least 15 projects by the time they graduate.
15-project portfolios
Reviews and student stories
Nothing makes us prouder than a satisfied student. Here's what our graduates have to say about us.
Jackie Lu
Florida
Previous experience: B.S., University of Florida
Current role: Data Analyst at Tesla
Being a first-generation college grad has made me have a bias towards action... At Practicum I was glad to have recourse to the career program, where students review each other's resumes and provide moral support. It's good to not feel alone, and to have a group of people you can come back to that can share the same kind of struggles and celebrations that you have.
Jackie Lu
Florida
Previous experience: B.S., University of Florida
Current role: Data Analyst at Tesla
Being a first-generation college grad has made me have a bias towards action... At Practicum I was glad to have recourse to the career program, where students review each other's resumes and provide moral support. It's good to not feel alone, and to have a group of people you can come back to that can share the same kind of struggles and celebrations that you have.
Pedro Giestas Gomes
Lisbon, Portugal
Previous experience: Finance
Current role: Data Analyst at Teleperformance
Pedro caught the attention of Teleperformance, an international company that offers business process outsourcing and consulting. They were looking for data analysts when Pedro sent them his CV, and they asked him to do an assignment. Luckily, Pedro had already done a similar project for Practicum, so he aced the task. “They liked it and offered me a position there,” he says.
Jenn Foskett
Washington
Previous experience: U.S. healthcare information management
Current role: Revenue Integrity Analyst at Overlake
The Practicum curriculum really gave me a good overview of different experiences that a data analyst would have in a day-to-day routine. The portfolio of projects I was able to make was really helpful, and I found that really rewarding because I can actually show the work I put forth.
Thao-Vy Vuong
Thao-Vy Vuong
Previous experience: International Development
Current role: Clinical Data Analyst | Population Health Research at ResMed
Practicum is a very good way for students to comprehend and practice our skills. That helps a lot for a person with no prior coding skills. I could apply my new skills to projects I was working on at that time for the research institution. That helped me learn faster than I expected.
Thao-Vy Vuong
Thao-Vy Vuong
Previous experience: International Development
Current role: Clinical Data Analyst | Population Health Research at ResMed
Practicum is a very good way for students to comprehend and practice our skills. That helps a lot for a person with no prior coding skills. I could apply my new skills to projects I was working on at that time for the research institution. That helped me learn faster than I expected.
Meet your tutors
Our tutors are data professionals working for a variety of tech companies, but they were once students like you. They know the lay of the land and are ready to guide you on your journey.
Arina Sitnikova
Juan Martinez
Mike Lee
Toronto
San Francisco
Toronto
Expertise: data science and data analysis, plus some experience in software development
M.A. in Economics
Currently working as a data analyst at one of Canada's Big Five Banks
Expertise: ML, data science, and NLP
B.S. in Applied Mathematics
Currently in the process of launching his own tech and travel-based startup
Expertise: modeling, data science/ML, cloud solutions
B.S. in Applied Mathematics
Director of advanced analytics and principal consultant at private practice
Fun facts: Used to be a professional biathlete. Still competes in Canadian cross-country ski events every winter.
Fun facts: Speaks 4 languages, has visited 9 countries, co-hosts a podcast, and loves investing.
Fun facts: Loves portage camping, currently learning how to code in a quantum computing environment.
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Practicum gives you
From resume building to job offer negotiation we'll be with you every step of the way.
Career guidance
You won't have to download a dozen confusing programs to get started — all you need is a computer and internet access.
Our own interactive platform
Your code will be checked line by line, according to best practices and industry standards.
Comprehensive support from industry professionals
A real company case in your portfolio
You will also work on case studies for real companies, get real projects in your portfolio, and receive recommendations for LinkedIn.
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Price and payment options
Become a data scientist with Practicum. Over the course of this 9-month, 20-hour-per-week program, you'll build a portfolio of 15+ projects and learn how to land a job in the industry.
Pay up front or in installments! ↓
$11,000
$1,400
up front
per month
If you don't get a new job or promotion within six months of graduating, we'll refund your money.
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We know that decisions about education aren’t taken lightly, so we want to make sure our program is a good fit for you. Tell us about your background and motivation by filling in an application form and our admissions team will help you to get started with the program.
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FAQ
FAQ
What's the difference between data science and data analysis?
The two professions are closely related and involve some of the same skills and techniques. They differ in that data analysis is more focused on supporting a company's business operations, while data science is more technical and open-ended. A data analyst might retrieve data and build dashboards describing a company's performance over the year, while a data scientist might build predictive models to help the company hone its strategy.

Practicum offers programs in both disciplines. To learn more about our Data Analyst bootcamp, click here. You can also compare the programs' syllabi: Data Analyst syllabus and Data Scientist syllabus.
Why Practicum? Why not a massive online open course (MOOC) or a college degree?
Practicum's bootcamps differ from MOOCs like Coursera and DataCamp in two important ways. First, MOOCs just teach you discrete skills, while Practicum prepares you for a job — that's why we emphasize projects and portfolio-building. Second, Practicum offers much more support than you'd get from a MOOC. Rather than just doing problems on a platform, you also get detailed feedback on independent projects, receive guidance from data professionals, and work with our career support team to find a job.

College programs, for their part, are much longer and much more expensive — they can easily set you back tens of thousands of dollars. Practicum's Data Scientist program costs only $1,400 per month.
What if my background isn't in tech?
Not a problem! While experience in programming, math, or data would definitely be helpful, our programs are doable even if you're starting from scratch. If you need extra help mastering Python or wrapping your head around some math, our team will be there.

If you do have experience with tech, the learning curve will be gentler, but you'll still learn a lot. Many of our students are not first-time coders.
Who is this program meant for?
Practicum's programs are meant for people who are interested in changing careers or getting ahead in their current fields. All you need is a computer and the motivation to learn!

As a part-time bootcamp, we provide a balance between structure and flexibility. For that reason, we attract all kinds of students: from retail workers to mechanical engineers, stay-at-home parents, tech professionals from adjacent fields, and more.

Bear in mind that data science is a technical field, and it involves math and abstract thinking. That doesn't mean you have to be a math whiz, but if it doesn't come easy to you, be prepared to spend extra time studying.
Who are the tutors?
As a part-time bootcamp, we provide a balance between structure and flexibility. For that reason, we attract all kinds of students: from retail workers to mechanical engineers, stay-at-home parents, tech professionals from adjacent fields, and more.

They can answer questions about course material, tasks, and projects. Because they're working professionals, they know what's expected in the industry and can also provide insiders' insights to budding data scientists.

Our tutors hold biweekly group Zoom sessions, and students can also arrange one-on-one meetings. Plus, we have a Slack community where staff and peers can help with any questions that may come up.
Are you self-paced?
Not exactly, though we do provide flexibility. Our goal is to immerse our students in a real-life working environment. Just as you'd face deadlines at the office, we have deadlines for our projects, too.

You'll work in two-week sprints, a common industry practice. (Early sprints are three weeks to allow them time to master the fundamentals.) In these two to three weeks, you need to complete coursework on our platform and submit an independent project. Otherwise, it's up to you how you arrange your study schedule.

There are weekly live sessions with industry professionals where you can dive deeper into what you're studying. All coding sessions and webinars are recorded and made available to students who weren't able to attend.

To be successful, you should expect to spend up to 20 hours per week studying.
What if I can't keep up with the workload?
Life happens — we get it. Our guidance team will make every attempt to get you up to speed, but if need be, you can take up to two month-long breaks. Afterwards, you'll return to the program and pick back up right where you left off, at no additional cost.
Will I get a refund if I leave during the program?
Yes! Of course, if you've already gone through part of the program, your refund will only cover the remainder.
Do you have a money-back guarantee?
Yes! If you can't find a job within six months of graduating, you're entitled to a full refund. See Section 3 of the Terms of Use for details.
Will you help me get a job?
Yes! We offer a Career Prep Course on the platform, along with career coaching, mock interviews, the chance to work on real projects from real companies, and many other additional activities to help you succeed — all free of charge.

Practicum continues to support its grads after they finish the program. During your first months at a new job, you may encounter technical or communication challenges. Fear not, we'll be here to help!
Do you have an office?
Practicum has a U.S. office in Newburyport, MA. Our team is remote-first and works from around the world. Our live events and support are optimized for US time zones.
FAQ
What's the difference between data science and data analysis?
The two professions are closely related and involve some of the same skills and techniques. They differ in that data analysis is more focused on supporting a company's business operations, while data science is more technical and open-ended. A data analyst might retrieve data and build dashboards describing a company's performance over the year, while a data scientist might build predictive models to help the company hone its strategy.

Practicum offers programs in both disciplines. To learn more about our Data Analyst bootcamp, click here. You can also compare the programs' syllabi: Data Analyst syllabus and Data Scientist syllabus.
Why Practicum? Why not a massive online open course (MOOC) or a college degree?
Practicum's bootcamps differ from MOOCs like Coursera and DataCamp in two important ways. First, MOOCs just teach you discrete skills, while Practicum prepares you for a job — that's why we emphasize projects and portfolio-building. Second, Practicum offers much more support than you'd get from a MOOC. Rather than just doing problems on a platform, you also get detailed feedback on independent projects, receive guidance from data professionals, and work with our career support team to find a job.

College programs, for their part, are much longer and much more expensive — they can easily set you back tens of thousands of dollars. Practicum's Data Scientist program costs only $1,400 per month.
What if my background isn't in tech?
Not a problem! While experience in programming, math, or data would definitely be helpful, our programs are doable even if you're starting from scratch. If you need extra help mastering Python or wrapping your head around some math, our team will be there.

If you do have experience with tech, the learning curve will be gentler, but you'll still learn a lot. Many of our students are not first-time coders.
Who is this program meant for?
Practicum's programs are meant for people who are interested in changing careers or getting ahead in their current fields. All you need is a computer and the motivation to learn!

As a part-time bootcamp, we provide a balance between structure and flexibility. For that reason, we attract all kinds of students: from retail workers to mechanical engineers, stay-at-home parents, tech professionals from adjacent fields, and more.

Bear in mind that data science is a technical field, and it involves math and abstract thinking. That doesn't mean you have to be a math whiz, but if it doesn't come easy to you, be prepared to spend extra time studying.
Who are the tutors?
As a part-time bootcamp, we provide a balance between structure and flexibility. For that reason, we attract all kinds of students: from retail workers to mechanical engineers, stay-at-home parents, tech professionals from adjacent fields, and more.

They can answer questions about course material, tasks, and projects. Because they're working professionals, they know what's expected in the industry and can also provide insiders' insights to budding data scientists.

Our tutors hold biweekly group Zoom sessions, and students can also arrange one-on-one meetings. Plus, we have a Slack community where staff and peers can help with any questions that may come up.
Are you self-paced?
Not exactly, though we do provide flexibility. Our goal is to immerse our students in a real-life working environment. Just as you'd face deadlines at the office, we have deadlines for our projects, too.

You'll work in two-week sprints, a common industry practice. (Early sprints are three weeks to allow them time to master the fundamentals.) In these two to three weeks, you need to complete coursework on our platform and submit an independent project. Otherwise, it's up to you how you arrange your study schedule.

There are weekly live sessions with industry professionals where you can dive deeper into what you're studying. All coding sessions and webinars are recorded and made available to students who weren't able to attend.

To be successful, you should expect to spend up to 20 hours per week studying.
What if I can't keep up with the workload?
Life happens — we get it. Our guidance team will make every attempt to get you up to speed, but if need be, you can take up to two month-long breaks. Afterwards, you'll return to the program and pick back up right where you left off, at no additional cost.
Will I get a refund if I leave during the program?
Yes! Of course, if you've already gone through part of the program, your refund will only cover the remainder.
Do you have a money-back guarantee?
Yes! If you can't find a job within six months of graduating, you're entitled to a full refund. See Section 3 of the Terms of Use for details.
Will you help me get a job?
Yes! We offer a Career Prep Course on the platform, along with career coaching, mock interviews, the chance to work on real projects from real companies, and many other additional activities to help you succeed — all free of charge.

Practicum continues to support its grads after they finish the program. During your first months at a new job, you may encounter technical or communication challenges. Fear not, we'll be here to help!
Do you have an office?
Practicum has a U.S. office in Newburyport, MA. Our team is remote-first and works from around the world. Our live events and support are optimized for US time zones.
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