Top Data Science Courses on Udemy

An overview of the very best that Udemy has to offer in data science education. Includes courses covering machine learning, Python, Hadoop, visualization, and more.

Best Hadoop Course


Taming Big Data with MapReduce and Hadoop – Hands On!


Instructor: Frank Kane, Data Miner and Software Engineer
Course Length: 5.5 hours
Price: $30

Skills you will learn

  • MapReduce concepts and how to run jobs with Python and MRJob
  • How to use Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce to analyze large data sets
  • Other Hadoop tech like Hive, Pig, and Spark

Tools you will learn

  • MapReduce
  • Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS)
  • Apache YARN
  • Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce
  • Intro to Hive, Pig, and Spark


Like most of the other courses in this list, it’s recommended you know scripting/programming before you dive into this one.

This course is full of real-life examples using Hadoop and the various tools mentioned above. Even though it’s mostly Python, everything is explained well enough for someone from any language to understand. The best part about this one is that you’ll learn how to run MRJobs on a real Hadoop cluster in the cloud.


Best Apache Spark Course


Taming Big Data with Apache Spark – Hands On!


Instructor: Frank Kane, Data Miner and Software Engineer
Course Length: 5 hours
Price: $25

Skills you will learn

  • How to use Spark’s Resilient Distributed Datasets
  • How to use Python to quickly run and develop Spark jobs
  • How to use Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce to analyze large data sets
  • How to take complex analysis problems and create multi-stage Spark scripts

Tools you will learn

  • Amazon’ws Elastic MapReduce
  • Hadoop YARN
  • Spark SQL
  • Spark Streaming
  • GraphX
  • MLLib


From the same instructor as the Taming Big Data with MapReduce and Hadoopcourse above, an equally fantastic intro course to Apache Spark.

Just like in the Hadoop course, you’ll get tons of real working examples, you’ll be using Python, and you will be running Spark both on desktop and in the cloud. The instructor gets straight to the point and breaks everything down to make Spark very easy to understand and get started with.

Kane will take you from knowing nothing about Spark to writing your own Spark jobs with Python and deploying them on Amazon Web Services.


Best Tableau Course


Tableau 9 For Data Science: REAL-Life Data Science Exercises


Instructor: Kirill Eremenko, Data Scientist & Forex Systems Expert
Course Length: 6 hours
Price: $30

Skills you will learn

  • How to connect Tableau to various datasets
  • How to analyze, calculate, and blend data
  • How to create plots and charts for visualizing data

Tools you will learn

  • Tableau!


This is Udemy’s top rated Tableau course, and it’s perfect for anyone that’s never used it, or even experienced users looking to hone their skills.

There’s way too many things the instructor goes over to list here, but this course could be regarded as the “zero to hero” of Tableau courses. The lessons are
very well laid out, presented, and built on as you move through the course.



There you have it. The top rated data science courses on Udemy. I hope you enjoy learning from these courses as I did. If you have any suggestions you’d like to add of a course you’ve taken, or if you’ve already taken a course I listed, I’d love to here about it in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

Bio: Brendan Martin is a Partner at Mint Design Company, and Content Writer at LearnDataSci.

Original. Reposted with permission.