Data Science Prep

Put yourself on the path to a lucrative data science career with this world-class foundation in mathematics and statistics.

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What’s next?

  • 3 courses

    3 cohort-based courses. Includes a student community and free tutoring for math courses.

  • Start today

    Join Standard 14-week or 7-week Intensive courses. Minimum time commitment of 10 hours/week.

  • Flexible schedule

    Designed to fit your lifestyle with on-demand lectures and materials available 24/7.

Put yourself ahead of the curve

This 3-course Certificate will earn you 9 transferable college credits, and is designed to be the perfect precursor to data science boot camps and degree programs. Outlier’s award-winning courses use cutting-edge interactive learning tools to make each lesson come to life, and everything is included for 50% less than the average college course.

Specifically designed for:

  • People from a non-technical background exploring a pivot
  • Working professionals looking to level up in their career
  • People preparing for a data science boot camp
  • Students considering an undergraduate degree or MS in Data Science
  • People who have struggled with calculus before
  • People who prefer self-study
Calculus I Instructor | Dr. Tim Chartier, Ph.D.  | Davidson College

By the numbers

  • $113,000/year

    Median base salary for Data Scientist.

    Source: Glassdoor

  • 28% Growth

    “It would probably be unwise to bet against data science as a career move.”

    Source: Forbes

  • 2.2x earnings

    STEM jobs earn more than double non-STEM jobs.


Included courses

Award-winning courses taught by engaging & approachable instructors from the world’s best schools.

Transferable credits from a top 60 School

Earn 9 credits from acclaimed University of Pittsburgh for maximum transferability

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Payment options

  • Certificate Cost

    Purposefully Affordable

    Our courses are 50% less than the average college cost.

  • 0% interest

    Monthly Payment Option

    Use Klarna to pay over 18 months with no interest or fees. Outlier is proud to cover student interest fees.

  • Employer

    Tuition Reimbursement

    Check with your company. Many employers fully cover Outlier courses and certificates.


Data Science Prep details

  • 3 award-winning courses, available in 14-week Standard cohorts or 7-week Intensives

  • Flexible timing: take Precalculus before Calculus I, and take Intro to Statistics simultaneously or separately

  • Minimum weekly commitment: 10-15 hours for Standard cohorts, 20-30 for Intensives

  • Full course refund if you do all the work and don’t pass

What you’ll get

  • Many of the quant skills you’ll need to dive into a Data Science degree program or boot camp
  • Shareable Outlier Certificate of Completion
  • All course materials included: no expensive textbooks to buy, no surprise costs
  • $2,200+ in savings compared with traditional college
  • 9 transferable credits from University of Pittsburgh
  • Credit transfer assistance
  • Free tutoring
  • Dedicated Student Support team
  • Risk-free refund guarantee

Meet your instructors

Instructors teaching Data Science Prep courses are hand-picked for their deep expertise as well as their ability to communicate ideas clearly and charismatically—you may even find yourself binge-watching their lectures.

  • Kelsey Houston-Edwards, Ph.D.


  • Po-Shen Loh, Ph.D.


  • Hannah Fry, Ph.D.


  • John Urschel, Ph.D. Candidate


  • Tim Chartier, Ph.D.


  • Ashley Carroll M.S.

    College of charlston

  • Olanrewaju Akande Ph.D.


  • Gregory Matthews Ph.D.


  • AnnMaria De Mars Ph.D.


Hear from our alumni

  • Kristina B.

    Kristina B.

    Calculus I

    “Thank god I found Outlier, which ended up being a third of the price my university would have been. This allowed me to finish my college degree on time.”

  • Elliot P.

    Elliot P.

    Calculus I

    “The staff was amazing! Not only knowledgeable but very friendly and super supportive. I felt the same level of rapport with them as though I was attending physical classes and seeing each of them every day.”

  • Katie A.

    Katie A.

    Intro to Statistics

    “I had a wonderful experience with the community, the subject, and my peers. Outlier has an incredible support staff willing to help us with everything from answering queries to clearing subject doubts.”

Frequently asked questions

  • You earn your Outlier Certificate of Completion when you complete all of the courses in your certificate sequence with a passing grade (of 69.5% or higher). All courses must be taken for credit, and not audited, to count towards Certificates.

  • Certificate sequences are designed to fit even the busiest lifestyles, so you can complete them at your own pace, and take up to two years from date of purchase to do so. You can take as many courses as you’d like concurrently, in most cases. That said, some courses must be completed in a particular sequence (e.g. Precalculus must be completed before Calculus I).

  • Great news: If you’ve passed some (or all) of the courses with Outlier, you’re ahead of the game! We’ll count these towards your Certificate, and you’ll receive the discounted certificate price for any remaining courses you’ll need to take to complete your Certificate sequence. Simply reach out to our Student Success team at and let them know that you plan to enroll in the Certificate and include your previously passed courses, and we’ll send along the discount code and instructions for next steps. Note: For any previously completed courses to count towards a Certificate, they must have been taken for credit, and not audited.

    Additionally, if you’re already confident in your Precalculus skills, you can test out of the Precalculus requirement for any Certificate sequence and head straight to the Calculus I course. To do so, first take the pretest here. If you pass, send a note to our Student Success team and let us know which Certificate you’d like to enroll in. We can be reached at

  • The Outlier courses that comprise a Certificate sequence will earn you transferable college credits (3 per course) from the University of Pittsburgh, an accredited top 60 US school. However, our Certificates of Completion are granted solely by Outlier, and aren’t currently accredited. That said, they are shareable on your LinkedIn Profile and resume, and offer proof that you’ve completed—and passed—a sequence of academically rigorous courses with us.

  • As with all Outlier courses, if you've put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course within the Certificate sequence, but do not receive a passing grade, that's on us, and you will receive a full refund for that course! You may also exit courses in your sequence before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (14 days from start for 14-week courses, and 7 days from start for 7-week Intensive courses).

    Additionally, we offer a full refund of the total Certificate price within 6 months of your purchase, so long as vouchers have not been redeemed for course sign-up(s), or you have exited all Certificate courses prior to the drop deadlines.

    For more information on refunds please refer to our Refund Policy.