McMaster CCE Launches Big Data Analytics Certificate



In today’s information age, Big Data is in big demand.

Industries across the board are recognizing the importance of making data-driven decisions. And as more data is collected with every click, email, chat, or captured image, the need for skilled workers who can transform this sea of information into insights that can be used to improve outcomes is only expected to grow.

The McMaster Centre for Continuing Education is ready to meet the need with the launch of a Certificate in Big Data Analytics.  Developed in collaboration with the MacData Institute, the program takes a hands-on approach to preparing individuals for entry into the fields of big data, data analytics, and predictive analytics.

Courses will be taught in-class, rather than online, notes McMaster CCE director, Lorraine Carter. “We believe that this approach will better support our learners, and allow us to keep up with changes in the industry,” she says. Designed for working professionals, courses will take place evenings and weekends in downtown Hamilton.

The six-course certificate includes courses in data analytics and modelling, big data analytics, data management, predictive modelling and data mining, as well as big data programming. It wraps up with a big data capstone course, where students will work with faculty mentors to apply their learning to a real-world business problem.

“Our colleagues at the MacData Institute have many contacts within industry and analytics research,” says Carter. “This opportunity really makes our program stand out.”
The certificate is ideal for individuals with some knowledge of statistics, computer systems, and IT, or an analytical background, but those without math, science, or technology-related training are also encouraged to apply.

“We recommend that people consider their aptitudes and understand what is involved,” Carter says. “But people from other disciplines can be equally successful. We are here to support their learning.”   Graduates will be prepared for high-paying jobs in a wide variety of sectors, including healthcare, finance, insurance, government, logistics, marketing, retail and media. “The employment rate for data analysts is very high,” notes Carter. “People will come out of this program with the skills to match today’s work opportunities.”   Applications for the Certificate in Big Data Analytics opened in April 2017, with courses beginning in September.

You can find more information about the certificate program at



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