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SFU Announcing Master program in Big Data
The School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University is offering a NEW Professional Masters program in Big Data. This four-semester, hands-on program will prepare you for an exciting and well-paid career as a data scientist.
This program is intended for students with some previous programming experience who wish to learn about the state-of-the-art in big data analysis.
Applications are NOW OPENApplication deadline is April 1, 2014 for the Fall 2014 Cohort. We will keep admissions open until we fill available slots for the Fall 2014 cohort. Our goal is to notify students of acceptance to the Program by May 1st, 2014.
Why Big Data?
Big Data refers to tremendous amounts of information that is becoming increasingly available due to widespread use of the Internet and computing systems.
Deluge of Data: According to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt: "Every two days now we generate as much data as we did from the dawn of civilization until 2003".
Big Decisions: These massive quantities of data can be used to generate powerful insights in domain ranging from business and entertainment, to politics and healthcare.
Netflix predicts success of House of Cards series using Big Data analysis
"There will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data. By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions."
Program objectives and outcomes
The program curriculum will cover the following areas:
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