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. The graduate certificate in data science will help to fill this demand by giving interested professionals the opportunity to get recognized for some basic training in the data and information science disciplines. The certificate program also serves as a stepping stone to other graduate degrees, such as the M.S. in information science and the Ph.D. in computer and information sciences (information science track) – both of which are available via UA Little Rock Online.
Anyone with a baccalaureate from an accredited school can apply for admission to the data science certificate program. Candidates who have a background in computer programming, database concepts, and applied statistics, or who have professional experience in an information analysis role will be the most prepared to enter and successfully complete the program.
Requirements for Regular Admission
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Completion of any remedial coursework that may be specified by the department. Students seeking regular admission to the program are expected to have completed (with a grade of B or better in each course) course work or have professional experience equivalent to the following UALR courses
IFSC 2300 Object-Oriented Technology
IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
STAT 2350 Intro to Statistical Methods
To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Data Science, students must complete the prescribed 12 hours of courses with a 3.0 or better GPA.
UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.
UA Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.