Coursera now offers a Data Science Specialization. The courses are taught by Johns Hopkins University. If you would like to earn a **Specialization Certificate**, each course will cost you $49 otherwise you can take the courses for free without earning the certificate.

*Best of all, the first course started this week (April 7, 2014). *

The Specialization consists of the following courses. You must complete all courses for the certification. If you are not interested in the certificate, you can take any or all the courses.

- The Data Scientist’s Toolbox
- R Programming
- Getting and Cleaning Data
- Exploratory Data Analysis
- Reproducible Research
- Statistical Interence
- Regression Models
- Practical Machine Learning
- Developing Data Products
- Capstone Project

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I have started this one already. Going fine so far

That is great to know. Thanks for the information.

Ryan

I just wanna know will certifications really help .I am a finance student with programming knowledge .So if I ever wanna start my career as data scientist what would be really helpful will it be masters or certification.

Thanks

Sorry about the very slow response, but I would say the skills are what is important.

http://datascience101.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/choosing-a-data-science-graduate-program/

This link is helpful for choosing a graduate program, but it can also help you fill in your skills gap. I think either a masters or certification would be helpful.

Thanks for the comment,

Ryan