Graduate Certificate in Data Science

The information and data sciences disciplines are expanding rapidly thanks to an ever present demand for new innovations in information retrieval, storage, and analysis tools and techniques. These programs prepare students to pursue successful careers and to continue lifelong learning.

Current median salary* $60,000 to $80,000

Median salary reflects mid-career earnings based on national data.

UALR offers three degrees related to data and information science:

Interested in one or more of these programs? Send us a request for more information or give us a call to speak to someone about your future at UALR!

Graduate Certificate in Data Science

Learn about the expanding field of data mining and analysis with the Graduate Certificate in Data Science. You’ll gain new skills that can enhance your current career, including:

  • Information retrieval
  • Storage
  • Data analysis tools and techniques

This certificate will also prepare you to continue your education in the Master of Science in Information Science program.

Both evening and online classes are available.

Total credit requirements 12 hours

Certificate Requirements (12 credit hours)

Subject Course Title
IFSC 7320 Database Systems (or CPSC 7351 Database Design)
IFSC 7370 Data Science and Technologies
IFSC 5345 Information Visualization
IFSC 7360 Data Protection and Privacy
B.S. in Information Science

Graduates of the Information Science program are qualified for professional positions in the information technology field, including:

  • application developers
  • database administrators
  • network specialists
  • data analysts
  • systems analysts
  • web specialists
Total credit requirements* 120 hours

Must include a combination of 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level) and 30 hours in residence.
Unrestricted electives are used to fulfill credit requirements beyond General Education and Major requirements.

General Education Requirements (35 credit hours)

Standard Core (21 hours)

  • Communication-Written (6 hours)
  • History of Civilization (3 hours)
  • U.S. Traditions (3 hours)
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Social Sciences (3 hours)

EIT College Core (14 hours)

  • Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Science (8 hours)
  • Additional Math and Science (3 hours)

Major Requirements (83 credit hours)

Additional Math courses (10 hours)

Subject Course Title
MATH 1451 Calculus I (C or better)
MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
STAT 3352 Applied Statistics

Additional Requirements (23 hours)

Subject Course Title
ECON 2301 Survey of Economics (or ECON 2322 Microeconomics)
ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting
MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing
MGMT 3300 Principles of Management
BINS 4331 Management of Information Resources
MGMT 3320 Human Resources Management (or other approved Business course)
IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
RHET 3316 Writing For Work (or RHET 3326 Technical Writing)

Major Requirements (38 hours)

Subject Course Title
IFSC 1202 Introduction to Object Oriented Technology
IFSC 1310 Internet Technologies
IFSC 2300 Object Oriented Technology
IFSC 2305 Computer Systems
IFSC 2315 Information System Software
IFSC 2340 Human Computer Interface
IFSC 3300 Internet Applications
IFSC 3315 Applied Networking
IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
IFSC 3330 Current Trends in Database Technology
IFSC 3360 System Analysis and Design
IFSC 4396 Capstone Project I
IFSC 4398 Capstone Project II

This major also includes an additional 12 hours of unrestricted electives.

M.S. in Information Science

The Master of Science in Information Science is designed to give professionals the advanced knowledge, skills, and technologies for working with large amounts of complex data.

This degree also is a stepping stone towards pursuing other graduate degrees such as the Ph.D. in Integrated Computing – Information Science Track. Required courses available via classroom or remote access because they are webcast in real time and recording for later viewing.

Total credit requirements* 30 hours

Must include a combination of 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level) and 30 hours in residence.
Unrestricted electives are used to fulfill credit requirements beyond General Education and Major requirements.

Master’s Degree requirements

Core Courses (12 credits)

Subject Course Title
IFSC 5346 Information Visualization
IFSC 7320 Database Systems or CPSC 7351 Database Design
IFSC 7360 Data Protection and Privacy
IFSC 7370 Data Science and Technologies

Elective Courses (15 hours)

Possible choices include:

Subject Course Title
IFSC 7321 Information Science and Theory*
CPSC 7382 Systems Analysis and Design (or IFSC 7310 Information Systems Analysis or CPSC 7311 Software Engineering*)
IFSC 5325 Data Mining
IFSC 5330 Database Security
IFSC 5339 Network Security
IFSC 5360 Social Computing
IFSC 7325 Advanced Data Mining
IFSC 7330 Information Systems Security
IFSC 7331 Network Sciences
IFSC 7350 E-Commerce
CPSC 7352 Advanced Database Issues
CPSC 7373 Artificial Intelligence
CPSC 7374 Image Processing
CPSC 7375 Machine Learning
CPSC 7383 Modeling and Simulation
CPSC 7385 Analysis of Algorithms

IFSC 7321 and CPSC 7311 are required for students wishing to pursue the doctoral program.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Six credits of Master’s Thesis: students may register with advisor approval in any of the following thesis courses: IFSC 7198, 7298, 7398, 7498, 7598, or 7698 over one or more semesters to complete the required six credits of IQ graduate thesis course work.
  • Six credits of Master’s Project: students may elect to complete a graduate project in one semester (IFSC 7686) or to spread the graduate project over two semesters (IFSC 7386 taken twice) to complete the required six credits of IFSC graduate project course work. As a third option, students can also elect to coordinate three credits of cooperative education experience (IFSC 7391) with the graduate project (IFSC 7386 taken once).