568.00 Hours Required
Professional Programs for International Students
One Year | In-Canada Classroom | PGWP Eligible | Optional Second Program


Are you technically curious and interested in exploring and developing data science skills? Job roles in data science are in high demand across a wide range of industries, as the ability to extract insights and make data-driven decisions is becoming increasingly important in today’s business environment. Organizations need to extract value from the data they are collecting and use it to inform decision-making, identify new opportunities and improve their operations.

Come learn from industry-certified instructors in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and prepare yourself for a promising tech career with our Professional Certificate – Data Science program—one of our new, in-person, classroom-based Non-Credit Professional Certificate Programs for International Students.

In this program, you'll build in-demand data science skills by exploring questions in association with data sets using diagnostic and predictive analytic tools. You'll gain a foundation in the basic concepts and tools used in the field of data science, including topics such as data wrangling and cleaning, data storage and processing, data analysis and modeling, data visualization and reporting, machine learning, and programming in Python.


Data science is a rapidly growing field with a high demand for professionals with the skills to analyze and interpret large and complex data sets. It is an interdisciplinary field that draws on knowledge from computer science, statistics, and domain-specific fields such as finance, healthcare, and marketing.

This program is suitable for individuals who are technically curious and interested in expanding their existing technical skills. No prior formal training in either data science or programming is required but a general aptitude with technology and experience in learning new technologies are strongly recommended.

This program will prepare you for career opportunities in these occupations: Business Intelligence Analyst, Data Analyst, Data Engineer. The average starting salary for these or closely-related occupations may average $72,000 Cdn per year and will vary depending on the Canadian city and company.

Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive:

  • SAIT Professional Certificate – Data Science credential
  • SAIT micro-credential (SAITMicro) digital badge for each eligible course in the program

The program also prepares you to take:

  • Microsoft AZ-900 Certification Exam
  • Microsoft DP-900 Certification Exam
  • Microsoft DP-203 Certification Exam

Some courses included in the program may be eligible for training credits or professional development units toward industry certifications. Additional education, exams or work experience requirements may apply.

The Professional Certificate – Data Science program is only available for International Students and can be taken as one program [for a one-year study period & one-year Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)] or ideally, with another of our one-year International Professional Certificates programs, for a total study period of two years. Completing two, one-year programs consecutively will qualify you for a three-year Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). 

This one-year program is delivered over two consecutive terms. We offer two intakes (Fall & Winter starts) of this program every year. Check this page regularly for new scheduled dates.

Applications for this program are submitted via designated agent only, with the exception of individuals who are already in Canada and have a study visa. If you are an international student who is already in Canada, you can apply to this program by emailing coned.international@sait.ca.

Fall 2023 - Program Full

Term 1: September 5 to December 19, 2023
Term 2: January 8 to April 22, 2024


Winter 2024 - Program Full

Term 1: January 8 to April 22, 2024              
Term 2: May 6 to August 16, 2024

Note: End dates may vary.

Charge Cost (Canadian Dollars) Due Date
Tuition deposit $1,750.00 15 business days after receiving an offer letter, applied towards Term 1 Tuition
Term 1 Tuition $7,625.00 Paid in full one month before Term 1 start date*
Term 2 Tuition $9,375.00 Paid in full three weeks before Term 2 start date
Application fee $150.00 Paid when submitting an application
Campus Recreation fee $206.00 Mandatory fee amounts are per year and due with Term 1 tuition
Dental Plan fee $158.00
Health Plan fee $172.00
Student Technology fee $211.00
UPass $325.00
Total for Program $19,972.00  


  • Not included in the above fees: personal laptop, books & supplies, accommodations, and any professional association membership or certification exams (if applicable).
  • The services for which we charge mandatory fees are integral to providing students with an excellent learning experience on SAIT campus. Learn more about fees including Mandatory Fees and Non-refundable Fees.

    *For students taking two Professional Certificate programs, the tuition deadline for the first term of your second program will be three weeks before the Term 1 start date. As students in their second program do not pay a tuition deposit, Term 1 tuition for these students is $9,375.

Learn more about admission requirements for this program as well as general policies & procedures (regulations) for SAIT Non-Credit Professional Certificate Programs for International Students.



SAIT reserves the right to limit registration, cancel, postpone or combine courses, alter course content, dates or times, and substitute instructors.

If you have any questions about the above information, contact our Continuing Education International Advising team at coned.international@sait.ca.

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