Become a Data Scientist

Get a job, or your money back.

Introducing Career Track:
online, mentor-guided bootcamp, designed to get you hired.

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Your Springboard To A Data Science Career

Enroll in Data Science Career Track, and you’ll get hired within 6 months of graduating, or we’ll refund 100% of your tuition.

In this online bootcamp, you will master the data science process, from statistics and data wrangling, to advanced topics like machine learning and data storytelling, by working on real projects. With the guidance of your personal mentor and career coaches, you will graduate with an interview-ready portfolio and a network of data scientists.

We won’t stop there. We know that career transitions are hard, and we’ll support you every step of the way — until you get hired.

Build Data Science Career Skills

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Master data science topics

Learn machine learning, inferential statistics, and data storytelling by working on lifelike projects, designed by industry experts

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Learn with a community

Weekly calls with your own data science mentor. Stay accountable, and get the feedback you need

Prepare for career transition

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Personalized career guidance

1-on-1 sessions with a data science career coach. Build your list of target companies, and perfect your pitch

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Ready for interviews

Mock interviews with data scientists. Expert reviews of your resume, portfolio and LinkedIn/Github profiles

Land your dream job

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Access to our network

Exclusive access to a network of hiring companies who can get your data science career started.

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Get a job, guaranteed.

We’ll work overtime to help you get a job within 6 months of graduation, or your money back!

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Meet a few of our alums

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Your own mentor.

With your weekly mentor call, you’ll get to
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Learn from the best
Set your own agenda
Get inspired

Your mentor is already working in the industry and will give you valuable insights.

Discuss deliverables, topics you are interested in, or career steps.

Our students love being inspired and motivated by their mentors.

Meet our mentors

Our world-class mentors are hand-picked, for their experience and love of teaching.

Learn online with the best curriculum on the web

How Springboard will prepare you for a career in Data Science (1m51s)

Raj Bandyopadhyay, Director of Data Science at Springboard

Curriculum built by industry

Built by experts with experience at IBM, Cisco and Pindrop Security, our curriculum combines the best data science learning resources. We update it regularly, so you're up to speed with the latest from the industry.

Real projects

We believe you learn best by doing. Our ~200 hour curriculum is designed around 18 real-life projects. Graduate with a portfolio that you can show to employers. Earn a certificate of completion, signed by your mentor.

Career prep and resources

From charting your job search strategy to technical interview prep, our data science career resources will give you the skills and confidence to ace those interviews and land your dream job.

Curriculum - what you’ll learn

The curriculum is split into 9 units, followed by your capstone project and career advice.

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Who is this workshop for?

The Data Science Career Track is for

people with a prior background in statistics and programming.

How much prior experience is needed?

Most students in this course will:
(1) have completed a college-level statistics class, or have equivalent knowledge, AND
(2) know programming well enough to be comfortable picking up a new language using resources on the web.
Other than that, all professional and academic backgrounds are welcome. We've taught software developers, grad students, analysts, and BI / finance professionals.

Not sure if your background is a fit?

Write to us at Lina, our Program Advisor will help you think through the decision.

No math/programming background? See Foundations of Data Science

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Kane Li, Student Advisor

We’re with you every step of the way

We’re not going to pretend that this course is easy street. This is a serious commitment, with real rewards.

The good news? We’ve helped thousands of aspiring data scientists like you level up their skills and advance their career.

You commit to put in the hard work and time. We are committed to support you at every step, and help you succeed.

A proven path to a career in data science.

We’ve done the research on what employers want by talking to our mentor network, recruiters, and hiring managers.
What Springboard provides

Mentored training on Python and SQL.

Hands-on experience with Spark and big datasets.

Practical exercises with top data visualization libraries: seaborn, matplotlib, and d3.js.

Two industry-worthy capstone projects for your portfolio, under the supervision of your own expert data science mentor. Each capstone project is targeted to a real or hypothetical client.

Individual lessons on the most popular machine learning algorithms, covering key concepts such as regression and clustering.

Personalized career advising from professional career coaches to help you succeed at every stage of the job search.

Average data scientist salary in the United States


Data from Glassdoor.

"Python and Spark are among the tools
that contribute most to salary.”

Data Science Salary Survey 2016

Sample job postings

Here are some examples of data scientist positions you could apply to after taking our Career Track.

Data Analyst / Quantitative
Researcher, Salesforce
  • Experience with broad suite of statistical methods, including logistic regression, factor analysis, clustering techniques, design of experiment, and others
  • Experience cleaning and maintaining complex datasets
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • BS in Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, physical or life sciences, or similar quantitative field of study
  • Working knowledge of SPSS, R, or similar statistical programming package
  • Strong Excel skills
Data Scientist, Deloitte
  • A Bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, or a closely related field
  • Hands-on experience with Machine Learning techniques
  • Good understanding of Machine Learning theory
  • Familiarity with Natural Language Processing and Text Mining techniques
  • Mid-level experience in Python (other high-level programming and scripting languages are acceptable, but Python is preferred)
  • Good experience with R
  • Experience with database design and SQL
  • Very high attention to detail
  • Ability to thoroughly think through problems
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (both verbal & written) skills
  • Strong Experience with a Data Visualization tool (e.g. Tableau or Qlik) is critical
Senior Data Scientist, Amino
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Deep understanding of machine learning techniques such as classification, recommendation systems and regression
  • Solid programming experience with Scala or Python
  • Experience using distributed processing engines like Map/Reduce and Spark
  • Proven ability to develop data products from inception to business impact while working in a cross functional team
  • Prior experience or a strong interest in working with healthcare data

Your career coach will help you get your perfect job

Meet your career services team (1m21s)

Janet Matta, Head of Career Services at Springboard

Schedule & Price

The next workshop starts:

October 30th 2017

Deadline for applications is October 16th, 2017. That's in:

22 Days 11 Hours

The Data Science Career Track is a 6-month program. We estimate the total effort required at ~200 hours. Most students devote 10-15 hours/week to complete the course in 6 months.

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Payment options

Upfront for 6 months


Most affordable, save 20% by paying upfront

Paid at the time of enrollment


Monthly payments during course


Monthly payments after course


Total cost


Month to month
Climb Credit loan

To read the terms of the job guarantee, head to the FAQ below.

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Full refund within 7 days if you are not happy with the course.

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Full refund if you don’t get a job within 6 months of completion.

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Complete the course at your own pace. You pay for the course month-by-month.

The Admission Process

In three simple steps, you can start your journey to a data science career.

Submit your application
Fill out our application form to get started. There is no application fee. It takes about 10-15 minutes. You should expect a reply in 2-3 business days.
Pass the challenge
If it's a fit, we'll send you a challenge to test your statistics and programming knowledge. Applicants spend up to 3 hours on the challenge.
Reserve your spot
If you pass the challenge, we will send you a registration link. Choose the start date and payment plan that works for you (we can help!).
Join the program
You'll be one of the fewer than 20% of applicants who secured a spot in the Data Science Career Track. Congratulations!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • You must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from any educational institution in any subject. Most employers still require a Bachelor’s degree as a fundamental requirement for these roles in addition to the data science skills and experience you will gain from the Career Track program. 
  • You must be proficient in spoken and written English, as determined by initial interactions with the Career Services team.
  • You must be eligible to legally work in the United States for at least 1 year following graduation from the program. At the time of admission to the program, if you are on a status where work authorization expires (e.g. H-1B, OPT etc), the expiration must be at least two years after the program start date. 
  • You must be able to pass any background checks associated with jobs that you apply for.  Without limiting the foregoing, if you fail to obtain a job offer as a direct or partial result of your failure to pass a background check associated with the job offer, you will not be eligible for the tuition reimbursement.
Read the full eligibility criteria and terms here.
There are two payment options:
  • Monthly Plan: You pay $1,000 per month while you are enrolled in the program, capped at $6,000. After 6 months in the program, we will stop billing you. If you take 6 months to graduate, your total payment is $6,000. If you graduate sooner, you pay less!
  • Upfront payment: You pay $4,800 upfront for 6 months. This is a 20% discount on the monthly plan.
  • Climb Credit loan: Available by application to qualifying US citizens and permanent residents. If approved, you pay $500 deposit to confirm your seat. You can finance the remaining $4,300 through a loan. You’ll make small interest-only payments for the first 6 months. After that, you will pay 36 monthly payments of $140-150 each. Learn more here.
Yes, we have a financing option available! Students can apply for a loan with our partner Climb Credit, and if approved, use it to pay for tuition. Learn about the application process on Climb Credit’s website here.
Your tuition includes:
  • 275+ hour curriculum of technical and career materials curated by industry experts.
  • Weekly 1-1 video calls with your personally matched mentor.
  • Access to an exclusive community and Office Hours with mentors, career coaches and peers.
  • Dedicated community managers to answer questions and give feedback on projects within a day.
  • Personalized feedback to help you polish your resume, portfolio and social profiles
  • 1-on-1 session with a data science career coach to personalize your pitch and job-search strategy
  • Lots of interview practice via 1-on-1 mock interviews (behavioral and technical)
  • Exclusive access to an employer network
  • 100% money-back guarantee if you can't find a job in 6 months
  • All taxes and fees.
We estimate that on average, students will take about 275+ hours. The exact amount of time can vary based on your background, and learning style.
You should expect to spend at least 10-15 hours per week on the course. Depending on your desired pace, we’ll work with you to create a course plan at the beginning of the course.
We work with industry experts to determine the most relevant Data Science topics, and find the best resources on each topic (e.g. videos, tutorials, lectures).

Note that many of the videos, etc. in the curriculum are not created in-house by us. Instead, we find and curate the best resources available on the subject. Think of us as a college professor who creates a syllabus by combining the best textbook chapters, articles, papers, and projects (instead of teaching from only her own textbook).

We believe the curated curriculum is our unique strength. By standing on the shoulders of giants, we’re able to update the curriculum frequently, and always teach the latest tools and technologies.
You’ll have support from
  • Your mentor: Data science expert for weekly 1:1 guidance and accountability
  • Community Teaching Assistants: 24x7 help when you’re stuck, and detailed feedback on each project
  • Career coaches: Schedule for resume reviews, mock interviews, etc.
  • Springboard student advisors: Develop lessons plans, or get help with any aspect of the program
And finally, your classmates: Form study groups, or work on projects together!
We will provide certificates of completion to all the participants who complete the workshop and successfully complete all the projects.
The workshop will happen in a completely online, self-paced, mentor-aided format. All you need is an internet connection.
You should have a strong background in Probability & Statistics, and should be very comfortable enough in programming to pick up a new language using resources on the web. If you do not meet these requirements, please check out our Foundations of Data Science workshop instead.
Spots are limited and we will accept most qualified candidates first. The first step involves of a 10-minute questionnaire. Based on your responses, we might ask for additional information -- e.g. a brief phone interview, or a quick coding and statistics challenge - just to make sure the Career Track is a good fit for you.
Our partners include consulting, healthcare, education, finance, manufacturing, technology and security companies. We have hiring partners in all metropolitan areas where the job guarantee is offered.