Graduate Certificate in Big Data

Organizations need to manage Big Data as they continue to capture, store, search, share, visualize and analyze massive, unstructured, and complicated data sets. In response to the growing demand to manage Big Data across all sectors (private, public, government and academic), the GPS department has created the Graduate Certificate in Big Data. This certificate will allow professionals to understand these massive datasets by having the analytics skills needed to work in this high demand field.

Certificate Completion Requirements

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Big Data, the student must complete four required SEIS graduate courses (12 graduate semester credits) with at a GPA of 2.7 or better.

NOTE: Students have the option to use the coursework from the Graduate Certificate in Big Data to continue in the Master of Science degree.

Required Courses -- effective Fall 2015

Required Courses [4 courses]:

Please select any four of the following six courses.*

  • SEIS 631 Foundations of Data Analysis
  • SEIS 632 Data Analytics and Visualization
  • SEIS 734 Data Mining
  • SEIS 736 Big Data Architecture
  • SEIS 737 Big Data Management
  • SEIS 763 Machine Learning

*Effective fall 2015, the courses offered in the Certificate in Big Data have changed. Current and inactive students who are enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2015 may opt to remain with the graduate program requirements from their current catalog, or move forward to the newest graduate program requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Big Data.

 View SEIS Course Catalog.

Entrance Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent). 
  2. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)
  3. Applicants can be admitted without Java programming experience; however, programming in Java is required to complete both SEIS 736 and SEIS 737 courses in the Graduate Certificate in Big Data.

 

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