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Big Data

The Big Data Specialized Studies Program will be discontinued in Summer 2018. Students who are near program completion must complete all requirements by December 21, 2018. For more information, please contact Julie Pai.



Every two days there is as much new data generated as was created in the first 2000 years of our history. The “Internet of Things” and related trends will further increase the amount of data generated every day. Successful businesses throughout the world have become increasingly reliant on a rapidly expanding amount of data to remain competitive. This “unstructured” data, which often consists of web activity, video and audio recordings, photographs, e-mails, and tweets, can be combined with “structured” data, such as financial specifics of a customer order, to provide the organization with the critical intelligence and insight required to succeed in a highly competitive global marketplace.

A drop in the price of hardware required to deal with these large data sets, coupled, with improved functionality of a wide variety of Big Data software tools, has created a perfect storm with skyrocketing demand for individuals with the skills to manipulate and analyze these data sets. The Big Data certificate provides individuals with the background needed to effectively collect and manage extremely large amounts of information, perform data-driven discovery and prediction, extract value and competitive intelligence for their organizations.

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for individuals within a wide range of professional or academic backgrounds who desire to learn how to better collect, store, analyze, and act on large data sets to drive business results.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for computer and information research scientists in the United States.

Projected Growth
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Program Benefits

  • Turn existing large, structured and un-structured data sets into cohesive information and extract valuable insight to solve business issues
  • Use industry standard analytic tools including, Hadoop, Teradata, Knime, Aster, IBM-Netiza, HP-Veritca, Statistica, R, Python and Crystal Ball
  • Develop the strategies and skills needed to effectively collect and manage Big Data and perform data-driven discovery, prediction, and prescription
  • Develop Big Data architectural strategies for your organization
  • Improve business processes efficiency and customer satisfaction
  • Work with Data Architecture software including Hadoop, Terradata and Aster, and related tools (Java, SQL and MRSQL)
  • Integrate powerful and traditionally untapped sources of unstructured Big Data including social media data and other web generated information

Course Schedule

Required Courses

I&C SCI X425.80
Introduction to Big Data (2 units)
I&C SCI X425.80
  to be scheduled   Online
I&C SCI X425.82
Unified Big Data Architecture (UDA) (2 units)
I&C SCI X425.82
  to be scheduled   to be scheduled

Elective Courses

Big Data
I&C SCI X425.70
Big Data Analytics (2 units)
I&C SCI X425.70
  to be scheduled    
I&C SCI X425.81
Big Data Tools & Applications
I&C SCI X425.81
    to be scheduled  
I&C SCI X425.83
Data Understanding for Effective Predictive Analytics & Modeling (2.5 units)
I&C SCI X425.83
Online   to be scheduled  
I&C SCI X425.63
Effective Data Preparation (2 units)
I&C SCI X425.63
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Online
I&C SCI X426.60
Introduction to Data Science (3 units)
I&C SCI X426.60
Online Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Online Online
I&C SCI X425.18
Hadoop: In Theory and Practice (3 units)
I&C SCI X425.18
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled  

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Specialized Studies Award Requirements

Students must complete 11 credit units (4 required and 7 elective credit units) with a grade of “C” or higher in each course. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. To receive your certificate, submit a Request for Certificate after completing all program requirements. Students not pursuing a specialized studies award are welcome to take as many individual courses.

Some courses may be listed as electives in multiple certificates, students may use a maximum of two courses to fulfill a certificate requirement between two programs.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.