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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Apr 15, 2021
 
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Big Data Analytics


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The Department of Informatics and Networked Systems provides several options for advanced study in information science beyond a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) offers a highly-concentrated curriculum on the theory and application of the most current information field trends.

The 15-credit certificate program in Big Data Analytics is designed to address the needs of professionals with a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science degree in Information Science or a related field in order to expand their professional skills and qualifications in effectively handling large amounts of disparate data.

Big data involves three major dimensions: data size, data rate, and data diversity. Students completing the certificate will gain essential, in-depth knowledge of techniques and technologies relevant for big data management.

The courses offered allow you to tailor your program of study to your individual interests.

15-credit Post-Bachelor’s Certificate


Students should have earned a BS/BE degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

Post-Bachelor’s students must complete three of the following courses with a grade of C or better:

Elective courses

Post-Bachelor’s students must complete two of the following courses with a grade of C or better:

Coursework must be completed within a period of four calendar years from the student’s initial registration in the certificate program.

15-credit Post-Master’s Certificate


Students should have earned a MS degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

Post-Master’s students must complete three of the following courses with a grade of B or better:

Elective courses

Post-Master’s students must complete two of the following courses with a grade of B or better:

Coursework must be completed within a period of four calendar years from the student’s initial registration in the certificate program.

Admissions Requirements


The following are requirements and prerequisites for admission to this program.

All applicants must submit:

  • Official transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s aptitude and motivation to pursue studies at a level beyond the bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Applicants must have successfully completed at least one three-credit college course with a grade of B or better in each of the following:

15-Credit Post-Bachelor’s Certificates

A BS/BE degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better

15-Credit Post-Master’s Certificates

An MS degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better

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