The Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics, which is part of the Master of Science in Data Analytics program, aims to provide students with the new ability to develop algorithms and computer programs for discovery of information from large amounts of data. This includes the architecture of programs, as well as technical details of algorithm development. Students are expected to be able to write and maintain novel computer programs that make efficient use of cutting-edge computer technology.
Students in this certificate option will receive a broad background in the areas of parallel database programming, machine learning, data mining, and network science while specializing in particular areas of data analytics practice. Students successfully completing this certificate program will have exhibited an advanced ability to lead in the discovery of actionable knowledge from “big data.”
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
The Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics requires 15 credit hours. Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in all courses.
Total Credit Hours Required: 15 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
An undergraduate degree in computer science, statistics, computer engineering or information technology is desirable but not required. Applicants without a strong undergraduate background in computer science or statistics must demonstrate an understanding of the field. This can occur through a display of training in various programming languages, other computer science certificates, through an interview with program faculty in the application process, and/or having taken these or similar courses in the following upper division undergraduate courses:
- COP 3330 Object-Oriented Programming
- COP 3503C Computer Science II
- COP 4710 Database Systems
- STA 2023 Statistical Methods I
- Programming experience or STA 4164 Statistical Methods III
Required Courses: 15 Credit Hours
All students are required to take the following courses, for a total of 15 credit hours.
For information on general UCF graduate certificate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirement , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Letters of recommendation (encouraged but not required)
Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.
An undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Information Technology, or Computer Engineering is desirable but not required. Applicants without a strong undergraduate background in Computer Science and Statistics must demonstrate an understanding of the material covered in upper-division undergraduate courses listed under the Articulation Section of the Curriculum Information. Applicants may choose to demonstrate their knowledge of these courses by taking these courses as non-degree seeking and scoring “B” or better in all of them.
|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.