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Graduate Certificate in Big Data

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Big Data

This certificate helps professionals understand massive datasets by having the analytics skills needed to work in this high demand field. 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 Graduate Programs in Software department has created the Graduate Certificate in Big Data.

Students have the option to use the coursework from their graduate certificate to continue in a Master of Science degree program offered by Graduate Programs in Software.

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01 How to earn a graduate certificate

Graduate Certificate in Big Data Requirements

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Big Data, you must complete the following five courses (15 graduate semester credits) with at a GPA of 2.7 or better:

Five Required Courses:

  • SEIS 603 Foundations of Software Development – Python
  • EIS 630 Database Management Systems and Design
  • SEIS 632 Data Analytics and Visualization
  • SEIS 736 Big Data Engineering
  • SEIS 737 Big Data Management

View the Graduate Programs in Software course catalog.

Graduate Certificates that Work for You

Convenient Schedule

Classes are offered weeknights from 5:45 – 9:00 p.m., Monday – Friday and/or alternating Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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01 Get the Facts

Attend an Information Session

Attend an online information session to get program details and receive $20* off your application fee just for attending. Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. Set your own pace and start fall, spring or summer. Classes are offered evenings and weekends. We look forward to meeting you.

*St. Thomas alumni, St. Thomas returning graduate students, St. Thomas employees, and all U.S. active and retired military personnel and veterans are eligible for a full $50 application fee waiver.

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All full-time tenured faculty hold Ph.D. degrees and offer extensive industry experience. Adjunct faculty are selected based on professional experience and educational credentials.

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Asher Chaudhry

Asher Chaudhry is a Senior Director of Technology at Target where he leads high performing Big Data Platforms and Product Engineering teams. Prior to Target, Asher held leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group and Blue Cross Blue Shield where he directed teams in both Data and Software Engineering.
Dr. Chih Lai

Dr. Chih Lai

Before joining the Graduate Software faculty, Dr. Chih Lai was a principal software engineer, working on a collision avoidance system. Lai received three U.S patents and three European patents. Lai also worked with Medtronic and has pending patents on monitoring and evaluating Parkinson patients.

Dr. Chih Lai
Dr. Manjeet Rege

Dr. Manjeet Rege

Dr. Manjeet Rege is an Associate Professor of Graduate Programs in Software and Data Science and Director for the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence. He is also the co-host of the "All Things Data" podcast, interviewing data scientists, technologists, business experts and futurists which averages over 60,000 listeners.

Dr. Manjeet Rege