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Data Analytics

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Colin J. Neill, Ph.D.
School of Graduate Professional Studies
30 E. Swedesford Rd.
Malvern, PA 19355
Telephone: 610-725-5285
Fax:
610-648-3377
E-Mail: cjneill@psu.edu

The goal of this graduate certificate program is to prepare students to apply data analytics techniques to large data sets to support data-driven decisions across application domains. To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics, students must successfully complete 15 credits of course work. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and a grade-point average of 3.0 to be awarded the certificate.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Applicants with undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as science, engineering, or business may apply. Students from other disciplines will be considered based on prior coursework. Applicants are generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

Required courses (12 credits)

  • STAT 500: Applied Statistics or BUSAD 501: Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making
  • DAAN 871: Data Visualization for Analytics
  • BAN 530: Business Strategies for Big Data
  • IN SC 525: Applied Data Mining

Elective courses (Select at least 3 credits; each course listed is worth 3 credits.)

  • DAAN 881: Data-driven Decision Making
  • BAN 540: Marketing Analytics
  • SWENG 545: Data Mining
  • DAAN 822: Data Collection & Cleaning

Effective Semester: Spring 2015
Expiration Semester: Fall 2019

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