Join DSFM to gain a comprehensive overview of Data Science.

Taught on campus at EPFL, the DSFM program balances theory and practice to quickly cover the most-important aspects of Data Science. You will learn in a highly-interactive environment, through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, exercises, case studies, problems, and visualizations. DSFM helps executives, managers, engineers, and other professionals understand when AI works, and when it does not. You also will learn to spot new opportunities to adopt data-driven models – a proven path to advance your career. We also take time for brainstorming and networking with peers to help you convert opportunities into real-world results.

Perhaps most importantly, you will gain the technical basis to separate AI-reality from AI-hype.

Select a format to fit your needs.

Broad, Technical Foundation for Business Analysts

High-Level Overview for Busy Executives

"After reading books on Data Science and watching tutorials on the web, I was left with the impression of never really getting started. I eventually found DSFM on the EPFL website and decided to give it a try, instead of going for online courses over several months in small sessions.

In good courses you learn new concepts, in exceptional ones you not only learn, but you just admire how well it was designed, organized and executed. The take home materials are just great, with theory, demonstrations, and extremely well documented Jupyter notebooks ready to execute and review any time after the course.

Prof. Younge has created a true pearl of pedagogy in a field still unexplored by most managers and decision takers. He opens wide the black box of machine learning and AI mystique, showing us what's inside, with rigor, foresight, clarity, pragmatism and humor, and gives us the so-needed impulse to roll up our sleeves and just start doing it !

I accomplished in one week what would have taken me months to figure out - how to discriminate the hype from reality, assimilate complex concepts and learn how they get applied in real life.

A great week ! "

-- Stevan Klaas, Lead Advisor to the CEO

Upgrade your skills and invest in your career.

You need a computational mindset to take advantage of data-driven analytics. It is unlikely, however, that you received such skills when you were last in school. Return to school at EPFL and learn directly from leading Professors in the field to up-skill yourself for the challenges that lie ahead.

Move to the forefront of the digital revolution.

McKinsey projects that over 70% of firms will adopt at least one type of Artificial Intelligence in the next 10 years and AI will add $13 trillion to global GDP. The most innovative companies are rapidly developing new capabilities in machine learning and data science and starting new initiatives across many domains, such as manufacturing, finance, audit, supply-chain, logistics, engineering, telecommunications, transportation, healthcare, and many others.

“150 million new Data-AI related jobs will be created in the next two years.” - The World Economic Forum

5 Day Technical Boot Camp

The Boot Camp covers the same material as the Fast Track, but goes into much more depth and detail with respect to the methods, applications, problems, and programming code for building solutions. The Boot Camp is limited to 30 participants to ensure every participant will have time to work one-on-one with a TA.

2 Day Executive Fast Track

The Fast Track summarizes the core concepts and methods of Data Science and then explores the strategy of digital transformation through specific examples, case studies, and group discussions. The Fast Track is limited to 10 participants to ensure high-quality discussion and information sharing within the group.


The DSFM Fast Track was an excellent blend of high-level strategy, technical details, and real-world applications. It helped me to understand Data Science in a much more concrete way. I will certainly direct others to come!

Sivakumar Narayanan, Executive VP of Marketing & Business Development – Uster Technologies

The course is like a Neural Network on steroids. Content is deep and wide, but very well explained, and delivered with passion by Ken and the team.

Roman Schafer, VP Digital Operations - ABB

DSFM provided a very good understanding of what Machine Learning really means. Now I know the steps that I have to take to analyse my data, build a model, tune the model, understand the outcome, and communicate the findings. But most importantly, it took away the fear that Machine Learning is a subject beyond my capabilities as a chemical (non-software) engineer - I gained the confidence that I can do this myself.

Isabelle Crauser, Head of Q-Operation - CSL Behring

Impressive lectures, demos, and exercises from the entire team.

Lorenzo Musto, SW Dev and Arch Team Leader - Inpeco

The DSFM Boot Camp has been the best continuous education course I’ve attended in a very long time. Amidst the current hype on ML and AI, it's good to hear from a neutral and expert source on the possibilities and the pitfalls of the field - not just on the conceptual level, but also down to the implementation. I would strongly recommend DSFM to anybody who is getting into data science. They do a great job at teaching the essentials in an enlightening, fun and interactive way !

Jonathan Friedli, Senior Automotive Development Engineer

This very intensive course gave me a comprehensive overview of a vast and fast-moving domain. The engaging teaching by Prof. Younge and his team – with lectures and many hands-on exercises – helps you to understand the complicated concepts.

Hessel Brouwer, Head of Financial Control – Dätwyler

DSFM allowed me to expand my knowledge on how to apply data science to real world situations. This is instrumental to better support my data science team and enhance our organization performance.

Gustavo Fernandez, CEO - Bridge

Excellent Data Science course. Intensive but you get your money's worth. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the topic and not afraid to put their hands into the real thing.

Erwan Grasland, CFO

In DSFM, you learn deep down what it really takes to implement a Data Science project. For me, it was an eye opener. Now I have a better understanding of what is needed in terms of the people, knowledge, IT infrastructure, commitment, and dedicated budget to be successful. I'd recommend this course to anyone who needs to understand what it takes to enter the data science world. Professor Younge and his team are passionate about Data Science and are able to transmit their knowledge and experience in a very effective and fascinating way, with a lot of practical demos and exercises.

Federico Bernasconi, Head of Business Management, CEMT - Axpo Solutions

It was inspiring to see how modern technology can enable new insights from data. DSFM provided the impulse for self-transformation, encouraging me to leave my comfort zone and dive into a more quantitative field than the one in which I’m used to operating.

Martin Schlegel, Head Corporate Reporting - Straumann Group

A helpful course to look beyond the buzzwords of the industry and understand the key concepts, methodologies, applications, pitfalls, and limitations of the field. A good balance between theory and exercises. Recommend for those wanting to understand the details of data science for strategic planning.

Ivo dos Santos, Business Intelligence Analyst

I highly recommend Data Science for Managers! Prof. Younge gives an extensive overview of the field and the course helped me to improve how I work with our Machine Learning engineers. The highly-interactive nature of the demos and teaching assistants also help one to better understand the strengths and limitations of each algorithm. If you need to come up to speed quickly - so you can collaborate with a data science team or spot new opportunities for your business - this course is for you!

Alen Arslanagic, CEO – Visium

The DSFM bootcamp was an excellent, no-nonsense, hands-on eye-opener for me. Highly recommended if you also like to get your hands a wee bit dirty.

Markus Inderbitzin, Head IT Operations

It's been a busy week with long days of studying, but I can say it has been worthwhile. Learning about concepts of Data Science & AI paired with an understanding about how to evaluate and improve models can definitely help everyone working with our Einstein products. And beyond that it's great to get a perspective on how things can be done programmatically as we went through many hands-on exercises in Python.

Dennis Baeringhausen, Success Manager Analytics Cloud -

Continuing education with lasting value.

Continuing education is a life-long journey. When you complete a DSFM course, you will return to work with the tools and mindset that you need to grow into a cutting-edge business analyst. DSFM delivers lasting value that will bring you advantages for years to come.