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Undergraduate Certificate in Basic Proficiency in Programming with R

Program at a Glance


Basic Proficiency in Programming with R


Online, Hybrid

Total Units


Summer ’24 Final Application Deadline

April 21

Program Overview

As the demand for data analytics skills has increased significantly across all industries, enterprises of all types and sizes need talents that can help them derive value and insights from data.

Numerous reports indicate that data analytics job postings are on the rise, and will continue to increase significantly in the near future. The undergraduate data analytics certificate programs at GGU prepare you for these highly sought-after jobs. By enrolling in any of these certificate programs, you can gain knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this growing field.

You’ll walk away with:

  • Knowledge of fundamentals of data analytics
  • Basic proficiency in data access, manipulation, and reporting using R
  • Basic understanding of text processing using R programming language
  • Basic proficiency in analyzing social media/web analytics using R programming language

Program Details

Add Value to Your Organization

This certificate will demonstrate that you’ve completed introductory coursework in data analytics and gained proficiency in one of the two most popular programming tools.

Plus, you’ll receive an official certificate that you may use on a resume, job application, or application to transfer to an accredited college or university like GGU.

Gain Long-Term Skills

As data analysis and artificial intelligence replace simple and repetitive tasks, data-driven skills are increasingly needed by professionals at all levels working in every industry.

R is an essential tool for any role that involves data analysis, artificial intelligence, or machine learning. Originally developed for statistical analysis, R is an open-source and general purpose programming language that can be used to analyze any type, variety, or volume of unstructured data including videos, images, audio files, and text. Whether you work in health care, media, technology, or marketing the versatile skills you gain in this certificate program will be valuable throughout your career.

Earn credits toward a degree

After completing the certificate, if you’re interested in continuing your GGU education, you can apply credits earned in this program toward a bachelor’s degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Enrollment as a degree candidate is not required.
  • Undergraduate certificate program applicants must submit official transcripts documenting that they have been awarded the equivalent of high school diplomas from approved institutions. Students who have earned 12 semester units or 18 quarter units or more from regionally accredited U.S. institutions must submit complete official transcripts detailing this coursework.
  • Certificate students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Official test score reports or other proof of fulfillment of GGU’s English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement are required for all applicants whose native language is not English.

Please note that some courses taken as part of certificate programs will have prerequisites. These prerequisites must be satisfied (through transfer of equivalent coursework or through taking the courses at Golden Gate) before the certificate courses can be completed.

See Certificate Program Admission Policies and Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policies for more information.


Note: When applicable, proficiency course prerequisites will be waived for certificate-only seeking students by their academic advisors.

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