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Certificate of Graduate Study

Machine Learning

Program of Study


Required Courses (9 credits)

  • Function Theory and Functional Analysis for Applications
  • Optimization Methods and Nonlinear Programming
  • Machine Learning 

You can complete this certificate program as a standalone credential, or you can gain the equivalence of 9 elective credits toward the master's program in data science.

As this is a part-time fully asynchronous online program, you will have the flexibility to access course materials, discussion forums and assignments during times that fit your schedule.

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact the Data Science Team at [email protected]​​​​​​​.

Career Outcomes

This program prepares you for the growing needs of academia and industry to manage big data sets using the most contemporary mathematical tools.

In addition, the machine learning program provides an excellent foundation for further graduate studies in areas including computer science, biology, psychology, geography, atmospheric science, chemistry and sociology.

Potential job titles include:

  • Data Analyst 
  • Data Engineer 
  • Data Research Analyst


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International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

Admissions Requirements
  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Statement of goals

The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. 


Special Notes

Please Note: This program is not eligible for federal financial aid

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

  • Understand the fundamental principles and theories of Machine Learning
  • Ability to critically analyze data in practice using major Machine Learning concepts and contemporary software packages
  • Display the knowledge and skills sufficient to establish a career in Machine Learning as a mathematical tool for Artificial Intelligence