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Big Data Certificate

Your big data certificate
can mean big opportunities.

We have access to more information than ever before, and data informs how businesses and organizations across industries and around the world operate. With cloud computing, the Internet of Things, smartphones, and the growth of websites, social media platforms, and apps that gather data, this trend will only increase.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers across computer and information technology, including big data, are projected to grow at nearly three times the national average from 2019 to 2029. Moreover, big data and business analytics firms worldwide are projected to see double-digit growth in revenue each year through 2022, when the industry will be worth $274 billion, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

At Maryville, we offer a 100% online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Big Data to help you upskill, reskill, or retool as you prepare for what’s next in your career. If you already have a STEM-related bachelor’s degree or background in data or computer science, your professional certificate can help you expand your understanding of this future-focused field. Learn the skills to become the expert your organization needs to utilize data mining practices, apply machine learning to data sets, and navigate the booming field of big data. Prepare to build a bright future for yourself.

Want a more in-depth look at our online big data certificate program?

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Apply with no application fees or entrance exams, and choose from 3 start dates

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Learn from a dynamic curriculum that is regularly updated to reflect emerging trends and technologies

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Earn your certificate in less than half the time as a master’s degree

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Access 100% online coursework with no campus visits required

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Develop critical, in-demand skills in machine learning, computer programming, and big data analytics

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Earn a project-driven certificate and learn from industry leaders

Who should earn a professional certificate in big data?

If you have a professional background in a field like computer science, data science, or cybersecurity, or if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field, our big data certificate program might be for you.

Our online big data certificate is a post-baccalaureate credential designed to help you take your existing knowledge of science, technology, and computers one step further. Our program is flexible and streamlined, so you can upskill for your current career or reskill to pursue new opportunities without having to commit to earning a full master’s degree.

As more and more companies across industries adopt big data practices, employers need professionals to help them create, manage, and interpret these operations. Whether you’re looking to advance or grow in your current position or find a new passion in a future-focused field, your online certificate in big data can be the first step toward accomplishing your goals.

Why earn your online big data certificate?

The data available is no longer just measured in megabytes or gigabytes. According to IDC, worldwide data is projected to grow to as much as 175 zettabytes — 175 trillion gigabytes — by 2025. That’s up from 33 zettabytes in 2018.

With your online certificate in big data, you can build the skills to mine this data to help your organization maximize operations. Regardless of your career field, big data experts are in demand, so you can thrive almost anywhere.

At Maryville, we designed our big data certificate program to be accessible, dynamic, and quick. In only five courses, you can begin to build a graduate-level understanding of issues, techniques, and opportunities in big data. That means your post-bachelor’s certificate can help prepare you to thrive in this field in less than half the time as earning a master’s degree.

Dynamic, affordable, and highly streamlined.


Get personalized support. Benefit from a dedicated student support team who can assist you from application through graduation.


Learn from a streamlined curriculum. Study the most important topics in big data and earn your certificate in only five courses.


Prepare for further credentials. Complete coursework that you can apply toward a master’s degree in data science, or earn a future professional certificate in machine learning with just 3 additional courses.


Gain real-world experience. Learn from a practical, experiential program that helps you build skills you can apply in your career immediately.


Learn from leaders in data science. Engage with dedicated faculty and industry experts.


Study on your schedule. Access 100% online coursework with no campus visits required.

What can you do with your online big data certificate?

Big data is big business, and that means organizations are willing to pay top dollar for top talent. When you earn your Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Big Data, you can gain a graduate-level understanding of how to analyze and utilize data to increase efficiency and optimize operations.

Your post-bachelor’s certificate can enhance your skills in high-demand, high-growth areas like machine learning, computer programming, text mining, deep learning, and big data analytics. You can also benefit from flexible curriculum choices to maximize your educational experience.

Wherever you want to go in your career, we can help you become the data science authority your organization needs to lead on the digital frontier.

What types of careers can I pursue?

Businesses and organizations of all types use data analytics, meaning you can use your big data certificate to pursue a career in nearly any industry or setting. Want to work in the nonprofit sector? Your understanding of big data can help you determine the best targets for soliciting donations or the best use of resources to maximize reach. Want to work for a tech startup? Big data can help determine likely users and clients, so you can focus on their needs and improve their user experience.

Data can give insights into advertisement effectiveness, customer preference and opinion, client acquisition and retention, and operational efficiency. All it takes is a qualified expert to help analyze and interpret it. That could be you.

Put your big data certificate to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Advertising and communication agencies
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Financial services firms
  • Higher Education
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Insurance companies
  • Local, state, and government offices
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Marketing firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Supply chain operations
  • Travel agencies
  • Tech startups

Career opportunities in big data include:

  • Big Data Analyst
  • Big Data Scientist
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Database Architect
  • Data Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Data Mining Analyst

Where can your big data certificate take you?

Pursue high-salary careers

Businesses and organizations are increasingly recognizing the benefits of including big data in their operation. That means they’ll need qualified experts to help them take advantage of the opportunities to be discovered in data. While salaries vary based on factors like experience, location, and education, your big data certificate can help you can qualify for high-paying jobs like data scientist ($92,445*), database architect ($113,356**), database administrator ($74,274**), business intelligence analyst ($68,866**), and operations research analyst ($84,810*).

*Salary data based on information compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Salary data based on self-reported data compiled by PayScale.com

Find a career in a growing field

Computer and information technology careers in the United States are projected to grow by 11% from 2019 to 2029, nearly three times the average of all occupations.* In addition, the worldwide big data market is projected to grow by double digits until at least 2022, when it will be worth some $274 billion.** In the United States, high growth is expected in careers like business intelligence analyst (7-10% projected growth over the time period†), database administrator (7-10%†), database architect (7-10%†), and operations research analyst (25%*).

*Growth data based on projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
**Based on industry projections by IDC.
†Based on projections for 2018-2028 compiled by O*Net Online.

Be part of the big data revolution

Did you know bad or faulty data costs businesses around the world nearly $3.1 trillion per year?* There’s a huge financial incentive for businesses to invest in big data to gain back some of that lost revenue. With your online post-bachelor’s certificate in big data, you can position yourself as a leader to help eliminate waste and discover new opportunities based on empirical, data-focused information.

*Harvard Business Review

Why choose Maryville Online’s post-bachelor’s big data certificate?

Build a dynamic education

Our Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Big Data is unique in its focus on experiential, real-world learning and flexible curriculum structure that accommodates your current knowledge to make sure you get the most benefit. With project-based courses informed by actual issues in modern data science, you can employ the skills and info you learn in your big data certificate program to your career in real time.

Maximize your education investment

When you earn your post-bachelor’s certificate from Maryville, you can apply coursework toward a future professional certificate in machine learning (up to 6 credits) or your master’s degree in data science from Maryville Online (up to 15 credits). That means once you earn your certificate, you’re already well on the way toward completing your master’s degree.

We’re continually recognized for excellence:

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Forbes America's Top Colleges 2019 Badge
Kiplinger Best College Values 2019 Badge
Money's BEST 2020 Best Colleges

Put our reputation to work.

Maryville University was founded in 1872 and has been helping brave, motivated professionals launch or enhance their careers with industry expertise ever since. Ninety percent of our full-time faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree, and our computer science faculty comprises experienced practitioners and experts in the field.

We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics, accelerated growth, and affordability, because it demonstrates our commitment to excellence.

Online certificate in big data curriculum*

We designed our big data certificate program to give you a streamlined path toward a strong foundation in graduate-level concepts like big data analytics, deep learning, and computer programming languages. Our curriculum features core coursework that can help you build and refine the skills employers demand, so you can prepare to begin a new career in big data — or advance in your current role.

Focus on issues important to big data
Build a high-level base in key, in-demand concepts like computer programming languages, text mining, big data analytics, machine learning, and deep learning.

A curriculum tailored to your skills
Do you already have credits in big data courses? Our certificate can accommodate your credited experience. You can swap up to two classes for electives to help you build new skills — not rehash old ones. Choose from elective courses like predictive modeling, data visualization, advanced probability, experimental design, or additional computer programming languages.

Expand your career potential with a second certificate
Want to build your skills with an additional post-bachelor’s certificate? We also offer an online certificate in machine learning. If you choose to pursue both certificates, you can apply your big data coursework and earn your machine learning certificate in just 3 additional courses. That means you can earn both credentials in only 8 total courses.

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

DSCI 503Python3 Credits
DSCI 508Machine Learning 3 Credits
DSCI 614Text Mining3 Credits
DSCI 617Big Data Analytics3 Credits
DSCI 619Deep Learning3 Credits

Have you already taken master’s level courses in big data? Our program could allow you the opportunity to substitute up to two core courses (6 credits) and replace them with electives so you can build additional skills that complement what you already know.

*No electives are required to complete the online certificate in big data. However, if you already have proficiency in the areas covered in core coursework, you can replace up to two core courses with electives. Speak to your advisor to learn more.

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Take your education further with your Master of Science in Data Science

While your post-bachelor’s certificate can help you qualify for a great career in big data, a master’s in data science can establish you as a true leader in the field. If you choose to take your data science education further, we can help you maximize your time with an accelerated path toward your master’s degree.

When you earn your big data certificate from Maryville Online, your classes will count toward your master’s degree as well. That means once you earn your certificate, you’re already well on your way toward your data science master’s.

Want to learn more about how your Master of Science in Data Science can help you take your Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Big Data further? Schedule a call with an advisor and discuss the benefits for your career.

Learn more about the online big data certificate at Maryville University.