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Graduate Studies Calendar 2019-2020 Program Descriptions Data Science and Analytics
Data Science and Analytics
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1. Programs and Specializations Offered

The University of Calgary offers the following programs in Data Science and Analytics: 

  • Graduate Certificate in Fundamental Data Science and Analytics 
  • Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Analytics

Specializations offered under the Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Analytics:

  • Health Data Science and Biostatistics 
  • Data Science
  • Business Analytics
2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies' admission requirements, all applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution;
  • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.00 on a four-point scale or equivalent;
  • The successful completion of the following undergraduate courses:
    • one course in computer programming or computer science or equivalent; 
    • one course in statistics or equivalent, and 
    • one course in either calculus or linear algebra or equivalent.

Students who successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Fundamental Data Science and Analytics with a GPA of 3.00 or higher will meet the minimum admission requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Analytics.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, individuals who do not meet formal academic requirements but who have significant life achievement may be considered for admission to this program (see Qualifications). The candidate must provide the Data Science Program Director with evidence demonstrating the potential to successfully undertake this certificate program. Such candidates may also be required to participate in an in-person interview with the Program Director.

3. Application Deadlines

The deadline for completed applications is available on the Future Students website:

Graduate certificate:

Graduate diploma:

Students who wish to use the graduate certificate as a pathway to "ladder" into the graduate diploma program must apply to the graduate diploma program by the stated deadline.

4. Advanced Credit

Graduate Certificate in Fundamental Data Science and Analytics

Normally, advanced credit or advanced standing is not awarded.

Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Analytics

Advanced Credit may be given for a maximum of two 3-unit courses. See Advanced Credit.

Advanced Standing may be considered for students with extensive preparation at the senior undergraduate or graduate level, in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Students may be given advanced standing in a maximum of two 3-unit courses. Advanced standing exempts students from taking specific courses, but they are still required to complete the total of 24 units required for the Diploma. The applicant must make advanced standing and advanced credit requests as part of the admission process.

5. Course Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Fundamental Data Science and Analytics

The Certificate requires 12 units of coursework consisting of:

Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Analytics

The Diploma requires 24 units of course work consisting of:

a) 12 units of required courses:

b) 12 units of coursework in one specialization area:

Business Analytics Specialization

Health Data Science and Biostatistics Specialization

Data Science Specialization

Laddering from the Graduate Certificate to the Diploma

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Fundamental Data Science and Analytics may receive credit for the 12 units of coursework completed in the certificate program if they are subsequently accepted to the Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Analytics program within five years of completing the certificate.

6. Time Limits

The expected completion time for the Graduate Certificate in Fundamental Data Science and Analytics is four months. The maximum completion time for the Certificate is three years from the start of the program.

The expected completion time for the Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Analytics is 8 months (direct entry, full-time), and 4 months or 8 months (part-time) for students laddering from the certificate program, depending on the schedule set for that cohort/specialization. The maximum completion time for the Diploma is three years from the start of the program.

7. Supervisory Assignments

An Academic Coordinator is assigned to each cohort-based certificate and diploma.

8. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section.