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MicroMasters Certificate

MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. They provide deep learning in a specific career field and are recognized by employers for their real job relevance. Students may apply to the university offering credit for the MicroMasters certificate and, if accepted, can pursue an accelerated and less expensive Master’s Degree.

Big Data MicroMasters Program

Big data is changing the way businesses operate. Driven by a new scale of data collection that provides massive levels of information, businesses are now able to analyse and gather data insights to make better-informed decisions.

Data scientists and business analysts are in high-demand as companies look to use data to improve their business operations.

In this Big Data MicroMasters ® Program, you will learn tools and analytical methods to use data for decision-making, collect and organise data at scale, and gain an understanding of how data analysis can help to inform change within organisations.

You'll develop both the technical and computational skills that are in high demand across a range of industries. You’ll develop critical skills in programming for data science, computational thinking, algorithm design, big data fundamentals, and data-driven analysis, with plenty of opportunities to apply and explore your new learnings through a range of case studies.

Job Outlook

A McKinsey Global Institute study states that by 2018, the US will be facing a shortage of about 190,000 data scientists and 1.5 million managers and analysts who can understand and make decisions using Big Data. (Source: edureka!)

A report by Glassdoor shows that the median salary for a Data Scientist is US$116,000. (Source:

The average salaries for jobs with titles related to Big Data are Big Data Scientist, US$123,000, Lead Data Scientist, US$108,000, Data Scientist and Principal Data Scientist US$102,000. (Source: edureka!)

Career prospects for people with data science skills and training include data scientist, data engineer, data architect, data administrator, data analyst, business analyst, data or analytics manager and business intelligence manager. (Source: edureka!)

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What You'll Learn:

How to design algorithms

Understand fundamental programming concepts including data abstraction, storage and structures

Understand computational thinking which includes decomposition, pattern recognition and abstraction

Data-driven problem and algorithm design for big data

Interpretation of data representation and analysis

Understand key mathematical concepts, including dimension reduction and Bayesian models

How to use analytical tools such as R and Java

Why Big Data MicroMasters Program

Learn how to transform big data into business insights and solutions as you learn essential data science skills and tools to advance your career.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You can apply directly to the University of Adelaide. The MicroMasters credential provides you with a portfolio of studies that, for relevant Master’s programs, provide significant insight into your capabilities through the completion of four online courses and the Capstone assessment. Also, if admitted to a relevant Master’s program of choice, it is possible for students to apply for credit towards the Master’s program on account of successful completion of the MicroMasters credential. Approval of credit in most Masters’ programs is not guaranteed and is usually granted on a case by case basis. Subject to successful admission to the Master of Data Science, Learners who have successfully completed the Big Data MicroMasters credential would be eligible to receive 12 units of credit (48 units are required for a Master of Data Science).
The MicroMasters credential does not guarantee admission to the Master’s degree program. Firstly, you need to complete the application process for the University of Adelaide during which your application is assessed in relation to the admissions criteria that apply for that Master’s program. The Big Data MicroMasters program provides a graduate-level foundation in data science and represents 25% of the coursework toward a Master of Data Science at the University of Adelaide. Learners who are successful in gaining admission to the Master of Data Science would be granted credit in core courses to the value of 12 units on account of successful completion of the four Big Data MicroMasters courses with a minimum overall score of 65% and the Capstone assessment. (48 units are required for a Master of Data Science.) Admission requirements for the Master of Data Science are as follows: Bachelor or equivalent plus University first-year Mathematics (eg equivalent to MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB); applicants from non-English-speaking nations must also meet the University English Language requirements: IELTS Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening. Equivalent test scores from TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Cambridge English: Advanced are also accepted.
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