Professional Certificate in Data Engineering

Get cutting-edge skills to advance your data engineering career.

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May 1, 2024

Course Duration


6 months, online
15-20 hours per week

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US$7,800 US$7,176 and get US$780 off with a referral

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Build a Career in Data Engineering With In-Demand Skills

As data grows even more integral to business, it’s easy to see why data engineer was ranked as the fastest growing tech occupation in 2020. The need for data engineers who can build out the infrastructure necessary to put data to work is intensifying, and the MIT xPRO Professional Certificate in Data Engineering can help you meet this demand with job-ready data engineering skills that offer a competitive edge in the marketplace.


The average annual salary of a data engineer in the US in 2022

Source: Indeed


The estimated proportion of digital transformation projects accounted for by cloud-native platforms by 2025, up from 40% in 2021

Source: Gartner

Who Is This Program For?

  • Career Launchers: Recent STEM graduates/post-graduates/interns looking to start a career in this high-growth field by gaining exposure to data engineering
  • Career Builders: Early career software engineers/technology professionals seeking to train in the latest data engineering tools and techniques and advance their careers
  • Career Switchers: Mid-career professionals aiming to switch to data engineering from IT, analytics, finance, project management, supply chain, or another technical field

Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher
  • Strong math skills

Also recommended:

  • An educational background in STEM fields
  • Technical work experience
  • Some experience with Python, R, or SQL
  • Some experience with statistics and calculus

Key Takeaways

This program is designed to give you the skills you need to start or continue your career in data engineering. High-level learning outcomes for this program include:

  • Develop and analyze databases using data science and data engineering tools and skills, including SQL and Python
  • Configure a network to ensure data security
  • Implement artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) algorithms, including those for reinforcement learning and deep neural networks
  • Manage big data using data warehousing and workflow management platforms
  • Build a user interface to view and interact with large amounts of live streaming data
  • Create a GitHub portfolio to present the projects that you create to potential employers

Download the brochure for detailed key takeaways.

Program Highlights


Earn a certificate and 36 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT xPRO


Insights and coding demos from renowned MIT faculty

ingeniería de datos

Learn market-ready data engineering skills in a high-growth market


Build a GitHub portfolio of your projects to share with potential employers

Receive one-on-one career support from Emeritus and introductions to hiring partners for eligible participants

Program Topics

  • Introduction to Python
  • Python: Introduction to NumPy
  • Python: pandas
  • Databases: SQL
  • Databases: Basic SQL Statements
  • Database Analysis and the Client–Server Interface
  • A Model to Predict Housing Prices
  • ETL, Analysis, and Visualization
  • GitHub and Advanced Python Functions
  • Software Engineering Basics
  • Basics of Client–Server Architecture
  • Types of Databases and Database Containerization
  • CDC
  • Java and Debezium
  • Using Advanced Python Programming to Create Web Applications
  • Transit Data and Application Programming Interfaces (AFIs)
  • Performing ETL Using NiFi
  • Platforms for Handling Big Data
  • Processing Big Data with Spark and Airflow
  • Introduction to ML and Advanced Probability
  • Introduction to Reinforcement Learning and Deep Neural Networks
  • Processing and Streaming Big Data
  • Creating a Data Pipeline
  • Handling Big Data with Mosquitto, ThingsBoard, and Kafka

Career Preparation and Guidance

Stepping into a career in data engineering requires a variety of skills, both hard and soft. This course offers you guidance for navigating a career path into tech, including crafting your materials and acing an interview. These services are provided by Emeritus, our learning collaborator for this program. The program support team includes course leaders to help you reach your learning goals. The primary objective is to give you the skills needed to be prepared for a job in this field. Eligible participants may receive introductions to our hiring partners; however, job placement is not guaranteed.

Elements of the career preparation aspects of this course include:

  • Crafting your elevator pitch
  • Optimizing your LinkedIn profile
  • Writing resumes/cover letters
  • Navigating your job search
  • Learning interview tips and preparation"
  • Negotiating salary

Career exercises focused on launching a career as a data engineer include:

  • Building your personal brand and promoting your skills
  • Communicating technical concepts to non-technical colleagues
  • Understanding the roles and workflow of Agile development
  • Reflecting on your skills to discover how to troubleshoot and learn more quickly
  • Job search and interviewing for data engineering positions

"Data engineering really is a core component of today’s data infrastructure. And because organizations can’t function without data, it’s also a career with a great deal of opportunity and incredibly interesting work as well."

– Abel Sanchez, Research Scientist and Executive Director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center

Program Faculty



Professor of Information Engineering in MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Williams holds a BA in Physics from Oxford University, an MS in Physics from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Numerical Methods from University of Wales, Swansea. His research focuses on the application of large-scale computation to problems in cyber-physical security and energy studies... More info



Research Scientist and Executive Director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center

Dr. Abel Sanchez holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the Executive Director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center, architect of “The Internet of Things” global network, and architect of data analytics platforms for SAP, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Shell, Exxon Mobil, and Altria... More info

Tools and Resources in the Program

This program employs the latest industry tools and resources, including:

Download the brochure for a full breakdown of the tools utilized in the program.


Example image of certificate that will be awarded after successful completion of this program


Get recognized! Upon successful completion of this program, MIT xPRO grants a certificate of completion to participants and 36 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This program is graded as a pass or fail; participants must receive 75% to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you, at no additional cost, with the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of MIT.


  • How do I know whether this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email, and a dedicated program advisor will follow up with you very shortly.

    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page and in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at for assistance.

    What are the requirements to earn a certificate?

    This is a graded program. You must complete a combination of individual assignments, quizzes, and a final project. Each component carries a certain number of points, and a cumulative score of 75 percent is required to pass and obtain your professional certificate.

    Will I be guaranteed a job upon completion of the program?

    The primary objective of this program is to give you the skills you need to be prepared for a job in this field. While eligible participants will receive career coaching and support and may receive introductions to our hiring partners, job placement is not guaranteed.

  • How much time will I be expected to devote to this program?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the “Duration” section and in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.

    How will I spend my time in this program?

    You will divide your learning time between viewing recorded coding demos, and video lectures, contributing to class discussions, completing assignments, projects, and knowledge checks, and attending optional live sessions with industry experts and program leaders.

    How is the program administered? Can the program be accessed any time?

    The program is accessed through the custom learning portal. This portal will give you access to all program-related content such as video lectures, assignments, and discussions. Live office hours will be conducted using a webinar tool.

    The video lectures and assignments are accessible weekly throughout the program. In the event you miss a live session, a recording will be made available.

    Do I need to attend live sessions every week?

    Faculty video lectures are recorded, allowing you to watch these on your own schedule. However, participation in optional live sessions and discussion boards is highly encouraged. Live sessions will give you the opportunity to draw on the coding experience of our industry-experienced program leaders to answer your questions and help reach your learning goals. The discussion boards are also an integral part of the learning experience, giving you and your peers the opportunity to learn together and receive guidance from the moderators.

    Can I download the program videos?

    You can download video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. However, the video lectures are only available for streaming and require an internet connection.

    How do I interact with other program participants?

    You can communicate with other participants through our learning platform. You will be able to form groups based on your interests and location. A direct messaging feature is also available through the platform.

    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 300,000 learners across 200 countries have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner the cost of which is already included in the overall course fee of the course.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.

    What is the relationship between Emeritus and MIT xPRO?

    Emeritus and MIT xPRO collaborate to create and deliver educational programs. None of these programs are Title IV-eligible.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what is required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the “Duration” section and in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at if you need further clarification of any specific program requirements.

    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, résumé, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.

    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.

    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.

    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the learning platform and all program materials (videos excluded) for one full year following the program end date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment is needed or the technical requirements for this program?

    To successfully complete this course/program(me) online, you must have access to a device meeting the minimum requirements, found here. In addition, Microsoft Office or similar product and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts in all programs. Technical programs might have additional tech requirements. Please check the learning platform on the first day of class.

    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet and video content is not available for download. You can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. Video lectures must be streamed via the internet and webinars and small group sessions will require an internet connection.

  • What is the program fee for the program, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is shown at the top of this page and payment must be made in US dollars only.

    Flexible payment options, group enrollment benefits, and referral bonus are available.

    Tuition assistance may be available for participants who qualify. Please contact your program advisor to discuss.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another mode of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in USD via wire transfer. Please contact your program advisor for more details.

    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes flexible payment options are available for this program. We partner with loan providers to offer you flexible and transparent loan options. More information about loan financing is available here. Installment payments are also available—; you can find the options here.

    Does the program fee include taxes? Are there any additional fees?

    Yes, the program fee is inclusive of any taxes with the exception of GST for Singapore residents.

    Who will be collecting the payment for the program?

    Emeritus collects all program payments, provides learner enrollment and program support, and manages learning platform services.

  • What is the program refund and deferral policy?

    For the program refund and deferral policy, please click the link here.

Financing Options

We offer several options to help you afford tuition for the Professional Certificate in Data Engineering Program.

Referrals – You and a colleague can each receive $780 off your tuition when you enroll together. Refer now
Group enrollments – A discount of up to 20% is available for group enrollments. For more information, email

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  • Immediate repayment, interest-only repayment, and deferred payment options are available.
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Flexible Payment Options

You can opt for any one of the financing options to cover up to the full cost of the program tuition. If you are considering financing your program through one of our partners, the enrollment process can only be completed with the assistance of your program advisor.

Please note that loan applications should be submitted no later than four business days prior to the enrollment deadline due to processing time.

    What is Sallie Mae?

    Sallie Mae is one of the largest private student loan lenders in the industry.

    What is the process to apply for a loan?

    Once you’ve applied for your program, you can then apply for a loan with Sallie Mae. When approved, you’ll choose your interest rate and your repayment option and sign the loan documents. The lender will send the tuition directly to your school.

    How long will it take until I get a decision?

    You can receive a credit result is as few as 15 minutes.

    Do I need a cosigner?

    If you don’t have a credit history, you will need a cosigner for your loan. A cosigner can be a parent, relative, or any other creditworthy individual. Their good credit history may help you get a loan.

    If my application is accepted, am I committed to using the financing?

    After your loan is approved, you are required to sign the loan terms. Your loan is not confirmed without this signature. You have the right to cancel your private student loan as described in the Final Loan Disclosure before funds are disbursed to your school.

    What are the terms of the loan?

    You can choose between fixed and variable interest for your loan. You can also choose one of three repayment options: Deferred Repayment, Fixed Repayment, and Interest Repayment.

    When does loan payback begin?

    You can make your first payment about one month after your program starts (fixed repayment or interest repayment) or six months after your program ends (deferred repayment).

    How long will I be making payments?

    Most loans have a 10-year standard repayment. When you apply for the loan, you will be given more information on the repayment plan.

    How do I find out how much my monthly payment is?

    You can find your monthly payment on the Monthly Payment Calculator here. (

    Are there any circumstances that would allow me to put my loan payments on hold?

    Delinquency occurs when you fail to pay all or part of your monthly student loan payment. You could be eligible for a student loan deferment, which would allow you to temporarily reduce or postpone payments on your student loans in special circumstances.

    Can I pay off my loan early?

    There is no penalty for paying your loan off early or paying extra throughout the life of your loan. You have the flexibility to make early payments of fully pay off your loan without prepayment fees.

    What is Climb Credit?

    Climb Credit is a new kind of student lender.

    Climb believes education is an investment and should be treated that way — we partner with schools offering career-focused education, and then provide accessible and affordable loans to attend these schools.

    What is the process to apply for a loan?

    Simply type your school's name into the search bar after clicking "Apply now" to find a link to the application page. From there, you'll be able to complete our short online application.

    You may also have received a link to apply for a Climb loan from your school’s admissions team, or you can find the link on your school’s website or Climb's website. Apply using your laptop, tablet, or phone.

    You'll want to make sure you fill out an application for the specific school and program you'll be attending. We link our loans to each course, so your school will know you've been approved for a loan with us and that we'll be sending your tuition to them.

    How long will it take until I get a decision?

    On average, 4:01 minutes — and just applying will not impact your credit score. We know that your time is valuable, so we’ve kept our application as short as possible.

    Do I need a cosigner?

    No. Climb only fund loans for students who are attending the program. The program attendee should always be the primary borrower on the application.

    During your application, you will have the option to add a co-borrower. If you have a co-borrower with a better credit score that you, adding them to your loan application can potentially help you get approved and/or receive a lower interest rate offer.

    If my application is accepted, am I committed to using the financing?

    No. Applying for Climb financing is free and comes and carries no commitment until you accept and finalize the loan. The initial application will not affect your credit score, and you are free to decline your loan offer if you change your mind about financing.

    What are the terms of the loan?

    To view the equation used to calculate your interest and monthly payments, check out this article HERE! (

    When does loan payback begin?

    Depending on your program, we may offer loans with either an initial interest-only period while in class and for a few months after, a full deferral period while in class and for a few months after, or immediate full repayment.

    For loans with an interest-only period or immediate full repayment, your first payment is due one month after your loan is funded.

    How long will I be making payments?

    Climb's standard loan tenor is 36 months, but you can pay any time before that, as there is no pre-payment penalty. You can repay your 3-year loan in 3 years or in 1 day.

    Climb's goal is to make sure that your monthly payments stay low and affordable, which is why we give you the option to choose your term length when you apply.

    Master’s students can choose between a 2-year or a 3-year repayment term.

    Doctoral students can choose between a 4-year or a 5-year repayment term.

    How do I find out how much my monthly payment is?

    This amount is mentioned in your loan agreement.

    Are there any circumstances that would allow me to put my loan payments on hold?

    In order not to fall behind on your Climb loan payments, you can request a deferral of payments on your loan. A deferment will allow you to temporarily reduce your monthly loan payment amount.

    Can I pay off my loan early?

    Absolutely! You can pre-pay your loan, in whole or in part, at any time with no penalties.

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