Practical Data Engineering Certificate

4 Courses
8 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Elevate Your Skills in Designing Systems for Data Collection, Storage and Analysis

This applied and hands-on professional graduate certificate is designed for busy working professionals and data enthusiasts to learn and cover principles, tools, and techniques that are required of data engineers to practice in the real world. Data engineering is among one of the most sought-after skill sets because data is an ever-growing ocean of knowledge wealth requiring technology to create insights. Data engineers are the individuals who connect data to organizations and to people, and even with the rise of cloud technology, data engineers can now do so much more than Extract/Transform/Load information and become true contributors in the process of expanding the boundaries of data-driven projects.

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This online professional certificate program is designed and taught by expert instructors and faculty to provide practical statistical techniques and sought-after skill sets in Data Engineering. The four courses in this program will prepare you to solve real-world data problems and develop insights that lead to more informed, data-driven decisions and business actions.

For those who are interested in advancing into data science roles in the future, it is important to note that successful completion of this Practical Data Engineering Certificate with a grade of B or better in each course can enable you to waive 6 units of prerequisites in the University of San Diego’s online Master of Science in Applied Data Science program or the Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence.

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Practical Data Engineering Certificate – Bundle and save 10% when you enroll in all four courses (must add all 4 courses in one transaction for discount):

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Certificate Requirements

To earn the University of San Diego’s Practical Data Engineering Certificate, students must complete each of the program’s four courses. In addition to the tuition for each course, there is a one-time $45 certificate fee.

Your Practical Data Engineering Certificate can be completed in as few as two semesters (28 weeks).

USD certificate programs provide a rigorous program of study that demonstrates a progression of learning and the mastery of a specific body of knowledge. Learn more about the University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education Certificate Benefits and Policies.

Cohort Schedule

Course #Required Courses (8 Units)DurationSummer 2023Fall 2023
PDE-X800Data Engineering Fundamentals (2 Units)7 WeeksMay 9 – Jun 26, 2023Sep 5 – Oct 23, 2023
PDE-X801Practical Data Extraction (2 Units)7 WeeksJun 27 – Aug 14, 2023Oct 24 – Dec 11, 2023
PDE-X802Practical Data Integration (2 Units)7 WeeksSep 5 – Oct 23, 2023Jan 9 – Feb 26, 2023
PDE-X803Practical Data Engineering Capstone (2 Units)7 WeeksOct 24 – Dec 11, 2023Feb 27 – Apr 15, 2023

Schedule & Fees

Required Courses – Start with PDE-X800 and continue in order

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Data Engineering Fundamentals [PDE-X800] See Course Options 2 $1375
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Online Fixed-Date

This is a 2-unit online course, the first of four courses in the University of San Diego’s Practical Data Engineering Certificate for those interested in learning how to extract, transform and load data for data-driven projects.

Practical Data Extraction [PDE-X801] See Course Options 2 $1375
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Online Fixed-Date

This online 2-Unit course is the second of four courses in the University of San Diego’s Practical Data Engineering Certificate program, that focuses on practical data extraction–learn how to do conduct data extractions and how to build a process for data extractions.

Practical Data Integration [PDE-X802] See Course Options 2 $1375
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Online Fixed-Date

Online professional development course on practical data integration for the Practical Data Engineering Certificate offered by the University of San Diego.

Practical Data Engineering Capstone [PDE-X803] See Course Options 2 $1375
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Online Fixed-Date

This is the capstone course for the Practical Data Engineering Certificate program that synthesizes learning from the previous three courses with a culminating project.


Learning Method Information

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.


The four courses build upon each other and must be taken in order, but each one is offered three times per year so you will have the opportunity to begin your studies program in whichever semester works best for you (Spring, Summer or Fall). The courses are delivered in an asynchronous, fully online format, which provides considerable flexibility to complete the work on your own schedule as you earn your certificate in just 28 weeks.

The courses in our program have been thoughtfully crafted to build your knowledge and skills, and position you for success in your career and in the employment market. Each course is seven weeks long.

What You Will Learn

After completing the Practical Data Engineering Certificate program, participants will be able to:

Who Should Attend

This graduate professional certificate is designed for:


Students who complete the online Practical Data Engineering Certificate will: 


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the business and finance field are expected to grow by over 750,000 new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, employers are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented and educated business professionals.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for completing a certificate program?

Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a master degree program?

Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

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