Big Data Certificate


"This program provides tools to data scientists and data engineers as well as helps analytics managers to formulate business strategies based on data analysis."
H. Michelle Chen, PhD
Program Coordinator

Program Snapshot: 9 units to degree, 3 total courses, $4,500 for certificate, online courses, Fall and Spring Admission. (Fees are subject to review & change)

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Whether you are looking to enter the data science field or you are currently working in the industry and need to hone your skills and stay abreast of new practices, the SJSU School of Information's Advanced Certificate in Big Data program can help. Courses in the Big Data certificate program focus on data processing, retrieval and management tools, data visualization and large-scale data mining.

With no mandatory in-person class meeting times, you can complete course assignments during your lunch hour, after work or on the weekends. The nine-unit program can be completed in as quickly as two semesters. The SJSU iSchool is a recognized leader in online education, so you can feel confident that you will receive the highest caliber of instruction.

Program Features

  1. Completely Online
    All courses are offered 100% online with no in-person orientation or attendance required. They are offered in an asynchronous format that allows you to study at your own pace with an opportunity to finish in as few as two semesters.
  2. Outstanding Instructors
    Our instructors and advisory board members bring with them a combination of extensive academic backgrounds and impressive industry experiences working in senior roles at companies, such as Data Insight Recovery Inc., Kaggle, IBM, and Splunk.

Your Career Opportunities

"Data Scientist is the #1 job according to – and for good reason. Everywhere we go and everything we do is tracked. All this data can greatly influence the way we do business. At the same time, the technology tools we use today are rapidly advancing. The need to stay current can't be emphasized enough. That's why we offer a Certificate in Big Data. It's all about making sure today's workforce grows along with the industry." Sandra Hirsh, Ph.D., Professor and Director, School of Information, San Jose State University

Applying to the Program

Applications are accepted for admission in the fall and spring semester. Please visit School of Information admissions for application instructions and current application deadlines. The program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s or an advanced degree.

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For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit