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Data Science

As a consequence of rapid increases in connectivity bandwidth, digital storage, and processing power, businesses now have access to vast amounts of data that can provide important insights. Data science involves the process of analyzing data and translating it into useful knowledge that can guide business decisions. Demand for professionals with a data science skill set is constantly growing, and many companies are struggling to find the right talent.

LinkedIn recently reported that data analysis is one of the most sought-after skill categories by recruiters. The IBM Institute for Business Value indicated that a recent analysis of LinkedIn found more than 60,000 job openings for data scientists. However, another analysis found only 11,400 professionals worldwide with the required skills. Forbes’ article “Machine Learning Is Creating A Demand For New Skills” highlights the growing demand for a new skill set in regard to data scientists, for whom the demand is projected to exceed supply by more than 50% by 2018.

Professional Development Certificate in Data Science and Machine Learning (26 CEUs)

This program is designed to equip professionals with essential data science knowledge and skills required to manage, manipulate, analyze and extract value from data. The program links essential mathematical and computational concepts to practical real-world, data-driven examples. Focus is placed on the most frequently used data science tools and languages, including Apache Spark, Hadoop, Tableau, Python, Scala and SQL.


Data is critical for business decisions. Yet, less than 0.5 percent of all data is currently analyzed and used according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). Processing data and information faster allows companies to make faster and better decisions and gives them a competitive advantage. However, less than 25% of organizations feel that their data and analytics maturity has reached the level where it has actually optimized business outcomes. Business leaders across all industry sectors - hospitality, retail, healthcare – need to learn how to extract value from data in order to remain competitive.

Professional Development Certificate in Data Analytics for Business (22 CEUs)

This program is designed to help business leaders and managers develop the analytical mindset required to turn insights obtained from data analysis into actionable business decisions and strategies. The program also addresses the leadership and management skills required to structure and lead data analytics teams and to create a data-driven organizational culture.