Certificate in Big Data Essentials

Big Data embraces technology, decision-making and public policy. Supplying the technology is a fast-growing market, increasing at more than 30 percent a year and likely to reach $24 billion by 2016, according to a forecast by IDC, a research firm. Big Data is poised to be the next big trend in management.


Focuses on gathering, managing and analyzing big data analytics to understand customers, develop new products, cut operational costs and make important financial decisions.

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Students in the Big Data Essentials Graduate Certificate Program will learn a wide range of leadership and management skills in addition to the following skills: 

  • Mathematical properties and usage of database programming languages. 
  • Methods of database design, conceptual modeling and physical storage for big data sets. 
  • Fundamental notions of concurrency control and recovery in database systems. 
  • Goal tree search, logic, and deduction, uncertainty, fuzzy logic, knowledge representations, machine learning, vision and action planning. 
  • Methods for association and dependency analysis, classification and prediction, and clustering analysis. 
  • Current trends in data mining overall as well as for scientific, medical and engineering applications.


Jonathan Smitherson

Wu, Chase Qishi

Associate Professor

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Wu, Chase Qishi
Associate Professor, Computer Science
GITC 4107