IBM Data Analyst
Professional Certificate


Power your data analyst career by learning the core principles of data analysis and gaining hands-on skills practice.


You’ll work with a variety of data sources, project scenarios, and data analysis tools, including Excel, SQL, Python, Jupyter Notebooks, and Cognos Analytics. You’ll gain practical experience with data manipulation and applying analytical techniques.


This Professional Certificate does not require any prior programming or statistical skills, and is suitable for learners with or without college degrees. All you need to get started is basic computer literacy, high school math, comfort working with numbers, willingness to learn, and a desire to enrich your profile with valuable skills.


Next Session Begins May 23, 2022

There are nine required courses in this Professional Certificate. The courses are offered in English, Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish.


Course 1: Introduction to Data Analytics

Throughout this course, you will learn the key aspects to data analysis. You will begin to explore the fundamentals of gathering data, and learning how to identify your data sources. You will then learn how to clean, analyze, and share your data with the use of visualizations and dashboard tools. This all comes together in the final project where it will test your knowledge of the course material, explore what it means to be a Data Analyst, and provide a real-world scenario of data analysis. This course does not require any prior data analysis, spreadsheet, or computer science experience.

Course 2: Excel Basics for Data Analysis

This course is designed to provide you with basic working knowledge for using Excel spreadsheets for Data Analysis. It covers some of the first steps for working with spreadsheets and their usage in the process of analyzing data. It includes plenty of videos, demos, and examples for you to learn, followed by step-by-step instructions for you to apply and practice on a live spreadsheet.

Course 3: Data Visualization and Dashboards with Excel and Cognos

This course covers some of the first steps in the development of data visualizations using spreadsheets and dashboards. Begin the process of telling a story with your data by creating the many types of charts that are available in spreadsheets like Excel. Explore the different tools of a spreadsheet, such as the important pivot function and the ability to create dashboards and learn how each one has its own unique property to transform your data. Continue to gain valuable experience by becoming familiar with the popular analytics tool - IBM Cognos Analytics - to create interactive dashboards.

Course 4: Python for Data Science, AI & Development

Kickstart your learning of Python for data science, as well as programming in general, with this beginner-friendly introduction to Python. Python is one of the world’s most popular programming languages, and there has never been greater demand for professionals with the ability to apply Python fundamentals to drive business solutions across industries.


This course will take you from zero to programming in Python in a matter of hours—no prior programming experience necessary! You will learn Python fundamentals, including data structures and data analysis, complete hands-on exercises throughout the course modules, and create a final project to demonstrate your new skills.

Course 5: Python Project for Data Science

This mini-course is intended to for you to demonstrate foundational Python skills for working with data. The completion of this course involves working on a hands-on project where you will develop a simple dashboard using Python.

Course 6: Databases and SQL for Data Science with Python

The purpose of this course is to introduce relational database concepts and help you learn and apply foundational knowledge of the SQL language. It is also intended to get you started with performing SQL access in a data science environment.


The emphasis in this course is on hands-on and practical learning. As such, you will work with real databases, real data science tools, and real-world datasets. You will create a database instance in the cloud. Through a series of hands-on labs, you will practice building and running SQL queries. You will also learn how to access databases from Jupyter notebooks using SQL and Python.

Course 7: Data Analysis with Python

Learn how to analyze data using Python. This course will take you from the basics of Python to exploring many different types of data. You will learn how to prepare data for analysis, perform simple statistical analysis, create meaningful data visualizations, predict future trends from data, and more!


Topics covered:

  1. Importing Datasets
  2. Cleaning the Data
  3. Data frame manipulation
  4. Summarizing the Data
  5. Building machine learning Regression models
  6. Building data pipelines

Course 8: Data Visualization with Python

The main goal of this Data Visualization with Python course is to teach you how to take data that at first glance has little meaning and present that data in a form that makes sense to people. Various techniques have been developed for presenting data visually but in this course, we will be using several data visualization libraries in Python, namely Matplotlib, Seaborn, and Folium.


Course 9: IBM Data Analyst Capstone Project

In this course you will apply various Data Analytics skills and techniques that you have learned as part of the previous courses in the IBM Data Analyst Professional Certificate. You will assume the role of an Associate Data Analyst who has recently joined the organization and be presented with a business challenge that requires data analysis to be performed on real-world datasets.


You will undertake the tasks of collecting data from multiple sources, performing exploratory data analysis, data wrangling and preparation, statistical analysis and mining the data, creating charts and plots to visualize data, and building an interactive dashboard. The project will culminate with a presentation of your data analysis report, with an executive summary for the various stakeholders in the organization. You will be assessed on both your work for the various stages in the Data Analysis process, as well as the final deliverable.



Complete the certificate in 6 -10 months, working at your own pace at approximately 6 hours per week.


An IBM Data Analyst Professional Certificate and badge will be issued by Coursera upon successfully completing all the required coursework of this non-credit bearing professional certificate.

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Registration Instructions

This is a professional certificate and is open to everyone. No minimum educational degree/background is required. 

To register, Create a Loras account and apply online. There is no application fee and you do not need to submit any transcripts.


1. Create a Loras account

  • When first starting the application, select “Graduate and PCE Application” as the Application Type.
  • In the Student Profile section within the application itself, select Professional & Continuing Education as the Student Type, then select Coursera Professional Certificates as the Academic Program, then select your desired certificate from the dropdown menu:
    • Google IT Support
    • Google Project Management
    • Google UX Design
    • IBM Data Analyst
    • IBM Data Science
    • Meta Social Media Marketing
    • Salesforce Sales Development Representative
  • Please note that you do not have to upload anything to the Materials section of the application or submit any transcripts.

2. Start dates and application deadlines

  • Students may begin any of the certificate programs in either spring, summer, or fall. (The start dates align with the beginning of Loras’ spring, summer, and fall semesters each year. Please see the top of this webpage for the next upcoming start date).
  • Loras offers rolling admissions for this program, but the application should ideally be submitted at least one week prior to the start of your desired term.  

3. Enrollment process

  • After our receipt of your application, you will receive an email prompting you to log in to your Loras Applicant Status Portal to view your official acceptance information as well as details on how to make payment for the certificate.
  • Please note that payment is due in full before you may begin the program. (If your employer is paying for the certificate, please handle reimbursement with them directly). Federal financial aid is not available for this program. Students admitted into any of the Coursera Professional Certificate programs may receive a 100% payment refund up until two weeks (14 days) before the first day of the semester. Any payment received within two weeks of the start of the semester is non-refundable.
  • Once Loras receives full program payment, you will receive information on how to begin the coursework.

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