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Big Data Analytics Program

The demand for big data experts is exploding.



Certificate in Big Data AnalyticsBeginning September 2017
Certificate in Advanced Data Science and Predictive AnalyticsBeginning Winter 2018

Representing one of the largest talent shortages in Canada, big data opportunities are exploding in every sector from marketing to financial services to professional sports. The Greater Toronto Area is at the epi-centre of this talent gap. Employers frequently report that they cannot find qualified candidates and are heavily investing in re-training their workforce.


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The demand will continue to grow with open access to data sets, the introduction of new big data software applications, and the increased applicability of big data to new market segments.


Harness big data to achieve your organizational goals.


We have access to more data than ever before. But that information is meaningless without people who know how to properly analyze it.  This is why both public and private sector organizations now rely on big data experts and predictive analysts to help them make informed decisions.

If you are currently working in analytics or a related field, the Big Data Analytics Program can train you to identify and leverage key opportunities to support your organization’s strategic objectives. And once you know how to turn your findings into actionable insights, you will be indispensable to any employer.

Even if you aren’t working in the analytics field, becoming an expert in data analysis is invaluable in many industries. Specialists in areas such as marketing, insurance, finance, human resources, and policy deal with big data every day. These certificates will help set you apart from the rest of the pack and enable you to grow your career options.

The program provides a comprehensive education in contemporary data analytics. You will learn data analytics foundations, basic and advanced methods, and relevant big data analytics toolsets. In addition to online coursework, you will also attend bi-weekly evening computer labs to access the leading software applications with which many employers require familiarity.



Program delivery.


The part-time Big Data Analytics Program is delivered online with on-campus evening computer lab time. Comprised of two unique certificates—the Certificate in Big Data Analytics and the Certificate in Advanced Data Science and Predictive Analytics— the program covers the domains identified by the INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) Program. You can choose to take one certificate or both. However, if you want to pursue INFORM’s CAP® designation, you should plan to complete both.

Each course is only eight weeks long and you can earn your first certificate in just six months. That means in under a year you will be able to add two highly valuable credentials to your resume. A full-time, fast-track option will be introduced in the summer of 2018 for those who wish to complete both certificates in just four months.

Prepare for your
Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) designation.

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The Certified Analytics Profession (CAP®) designation is the premier global professional certification for analytics practitioners. The CAP® designation is offered through the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the largest society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (O.R.), management science, and analytics. If you are interested in pursuing the CAP® designation, see the INFORMS (visit https://www.certifiedanalytics.org/ for full details.)



Who should take this program?

Current analytics professionals who are pursuing the Certified Analytics Professional designation or seeking a university credential for career advancement.
Specialists in other fields (such as marketing, insurance, finance, human resources, and policy) who want to confidently leverage big data to excel in their sector.
Any professional who wants to enter the quickly growing field of big data analytics.



Admission Requirements.


The Certificate in Big Data Analytics is a direct registration program. No application process is required; simply enrol in the session of your choice to get started.

To enrol in the Certificate in Advanced Data Science and Predictive Analytics, you must either complete the Certificate in Big Data Analytics or be able to demonstrate equivalent education/work experience.

Not sure if you have the necessary skills and knowledge to take this program?

Take our prep course to find out. When you register for the Certificate in Big Data Analytics, the cost of the prep course will be deducted from your program fee. Please contact us for more details.