Data Science - C5003

Equip yourself with the tools to influence how an organisation understands and analyses important data with a Graduate Diploma of Data Science. Delivered 100% online, build on your experience through a course designed to develop highly transferable skills you can take to a wide variety of industries.

Whether you’re looking to upskill, formalise your skills in field or make a career move into data science, this graduate course provides you with the contemporary knowledge and techniques to pursue your career dreams. You’ll cover core units in data science, data wrangling and modelling, before undertaking electives in the domains of big data or machine learning. Graduate ready to tackle real-world challenges through practical experience built into the degree.

Designed by leading Monash academics, this course is an opportunity to study directly under experts in data science. Build your network and your practical experience through coursework based on the Faculty of Information Technology’s own research.

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Where can the Graduate Diploma of Data Science take me?

The Graduate Diploma of Data Science is flexible in course structure and where it can take you. With the rise of big data and the importance of data in high-level decision-making, organisations in a variety of industries look to data scientists to collect manage and interpret large sets of data. Confidently take your next career step in industries including IT, education, financial services, government and management consulting, backed by an in-demand skillset and formal qualification through Monash.

At a glance

Course Details

  • Online: Part time
1.4 years, part-time.
Start date
January, March, May, July, August, October
Graduate Diploma of Data Science
Course Handbook

The Graduate Diploma of Data Science covers core units in data analysis, data wrangling and data modelling, combining this study with electives following big data and machine learning streams. Develop the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge and techniques and gain the practical experience to impact organisations from day one.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.


An Australian undergraduate degree with at least a credit (60%) average (or qualification deemed by the faculty to be a satisfactory equivalent), in a discipline relating to one of IT, business (with mathematics), Economics, Econometrics, Engineering, or Science degree with completed studies in at least one of mathematics, programming or databases.


An Australian bachelor's degree (or a qualification deemed by the faculty to be a satisfactory equivalent) with at least a credit (60%) average; plus two years of professional work experience in programming or databases.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

This course consists of eight units. You complete core studies in introductory data science, data wrangling and statistical data modelling, then select units from across a range of areas where you can tailor the course to suit your own interests. Your choice of units covers studies in data exploration and visualisation, distributed and big data processing and data analysis and data management.

If you do not meet course requirements in programming, databases or mathematics/statistics, you must complete up to a maximum of two foundation units prior to commencing your core studies.

Making the application

Future students

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.