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Data Science Essentials

Build your data expertise and earn a spot in our next bootcamp

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Data Science Essentials from The Data Incubator is an 8-week online class designed to strengthen your data skills, whether it's to improve your core data wrangling and analysis or to qualify for our data science Fellowship program.

We've developed this class with insights from our industry partners, using the same rigorous methodology as our data science Fellowship program to give you the boost your data skills need.

Successfully complete Data Science Essentials and you'll automatically earn admission into the next TDI Fellowship cohort - and $1000 off of your tuition!

Experienced Teachers

Learn from The Data Incubator's experienced data science instructors dedicated to teaching data analytics.

Jumpstart Your Career

Learn the most sought-after tools and techniques in the industry to help jumpstart your data analyst career.

Designed for Working Professionals

This class was designed for the busy lives of working professionals with evening sessions and recorded lectures.

Build a Series of Miniprojects

Gain hands-on experience applying the tools employers value to real-world data sets.

Live Lectures

Live lectures allow you to ask your instructor questions and interact with your classmates.

Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes ensure you have plenty of access to your instructor and can receive personalized feedback on your progress.


Who's it for?

Data Science Essentials is the perfect class for current and recent college and graduate-level students, working professionals, and other data enthusiasts who are looking for an immersive, hands-on experience in fundamental data science techniques.

So if you're:

  • Interested in data science and want to learn essential skills
  • New to Python and are looking for a more robust, structured learning program
  • A data analyst, economist, or researcher who works with large data sets and wants to make analysis easier and more effective with Python
  • A software or data engineer interested in learning the fundamentals of quantitative analysis
  • Interested in applying to TDI's data science Fellowship

Then this class is for you.

When is it?

The next class starts on March 23.

It will run for 8 weeks, with classes twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes start at 7 PM ET and run for 2 hours. And we offer open office hours for a half hour each day.

About Data Science Essentials


  • Elementary programming knowledge
  • Familiarity with statistics

Upon completion of this class, you'll be able to:

  • Extract, clean, and analyze data using Python
  • Leverage Python's powerful libraries to build predictive models to make better decisions
  • Help your employer solve business problems using data-driven insights

Class Outline

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The next class starts on March 23 and will run for 8 weeks, with classes twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes start at 7 PM ET and run for 2 hours. And we offer open office hours for a half hour each day.

Tuition for Data Science Essentials is $2895. But if you purchase your class by 3/9, you'll receive a $1400 discount!

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See what some of our alumni have to say.

Christian Templeton

"The data science skills I sharpened at The Data Incubator helped me analyze diversity in STEM education, model SaaS stock prices, and compare industry growth rates. The instructor's background in quantitative finance made for relevant use cases that benefit not only data scientists, but also data-driven finance people like myself."

Christian Templeton, Google

Formerly Salesforce, Symantec. Accepted to The Data Incubator Fellowship.

Michelle Miller

"From day one I was getting my hands dirty working with data using industry-relevant tools. Having completed the program I'm now better equipped to manage engineering and product teams, and able to conduct sophisticated ad-hoc analysis. Everyone at TDI blew me away; truly exceptional."

Michelle Miller, Hack Reactor

Formerly Berkeley, Smithsonian

David Kwon

"Their heavy focus on applied learning meant that I was working on real data and solving real problems right from the start. While lectures were a valuable component of their courses, the real learning took place while working on projects. These projects were practical, engaging, and instructive, and generally great opportunities to get hands-on experience with what I had learned in the lectures."

David Kwon, Yelp

Formerly University of California, Berkeley

Frequently Asked Questions

This class is designed for anyone who would like to learn the essentials of data science. Students will gain hands-on experience working with some of the most in-demand big data technologies and leave ready to kickstart their data science careers.

You can find the dates of upcoming sessions and register via The Data Incubator's Eventbrite page.

Data Science Essentials includes five hours of lectures each week. You'll also want to allot extra time for reviewing lectures and working on the associated projects; we generally recommend setting aside at least five additional hours per week for this, but it's up to you how much time you'd like to put in.

As Data Science Essentials is intended to add a set of skills for students who are currently employed full time, we do not offer placement or job search support for this class.

Data Science Essentials can act as prep class for students applying to our Data Science Fellowship, and builds skill sets in two areas essential to the Fellowship: the ability to code proficiently in Python and the ability to apply statistical methodology to datasets.

Successfully complete Data Science Essentials and you'll automatically earn admission into the next TDI Fellowship cohort - and $1000 off of your tuition!

The Data Incubator's Fellowship program is a full-time, intensive data science program spanning two months. Fellows in the program should have programming experience, a background in a highly analytical field, and the ability to work independently on programming projects. This course is for people with advanced degrees who want to make a full transition from academia to industry-focused data science.

Data Science Essentials, on the other hand, is a part-time, online program designed for people who'd like to learn the essentials of data science to augment their current skill sets. The class is centered on data wrangling and analysis using Python and is taught by a live instructor. Prior coding experience is definitely a plus, but not required (see next section).

There's no official skill set required for this class, but a basic understanding of the Python language is strongly encouraged. If you don't have any experience with Python, we recommend you complete Codecademy's free Python basics courses before beginning the Essentials program. With that said, we've had successful students in the past who came to us with no prior coding experience.

Data Science Essentials students will learn how to programmatically work with large, real-world datasets to solve business problems. Over the course of eight weeks, students learn how to extract, clean, and analyze data using Python. Students will leverage Python's powerful libraries to build predictive models to make better decisions, and help employers solve business problems using data-driven insights.

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