What will I learn?

Part of the prestigious School of Graduate Studies at Trent University, the Big Data Analytics M.Sc. is a new stream in the program of Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods.

The Big Data Analytics Stream is a Master’s of Science degree focusing on the rapidly growing field of data science. A professional program that can be completed in as little as 12 months, this exciting new stream prepares graduates with the tools and techniques they need to work with, and understand big data.

The field of data science is an evolving one, requiring skills from application domains, mathematics and computer science. Studies in this program focus on:

  • Foundations of Modelling
  • Mathematical aspects of modelling
  • Computational aspects of modelling
  • Statistical Aspects of Modelling
  • Data Visualization
  • High performance computing
  • Big Data
  • Data Mining
  • Introduction to Databases

Requirements:

  • Three courses from the following selection: Foundations of Modelling, Statistical Aspects of Modelling, Mathematical Aspects of Modelling, Computational Aspects of Modelling, Introduction to Data Analytics with R.
  • Four courses from the following selection: Data Visualization, High Performance Computing, Data Mining, Introduction to Databases, Big Data.
  • Completion of a research paper.
  • Seminar presentation.

Career-Ready in the Growing Field of Data Science

Trent is one of the first universities in Canada to work to fill the training gap for professionals in data science. Graduates of this program are uniquely prepared with the tools and techniques they require to work with and analyze today’s increasingly complex data sets in all areas of the sciences, as well as the business world. The program emphasizes practical skills in visualization, data mining, cloud-based approaches and parallel programming skills and prepares graduates for careers including:

  • Chief Data Officer
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Solutions Architect
  • Business Manager
  • Business Analyst

Trent Graduate Studies Learning Environment

Classes take place on Trent’s architecturally-renowned Peterborough Campus with access to leading-edge resources. State-of-the-art learning facilities in intimate class settings are enhanced by sweeping views of the Otonabee River. The new “library of the future” in the Bata Research and Innovation Centre and the Trent University Research and Innovation Park currently under development promise opportunities to connect with entrepreneurial initiatives in a nexus for academic and business connections.

Which department am I in?

Trent University

Study options

Full Time (In as little as 16 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$21,267.10 (US$ 16,003) per year
Total International Tuition (compulsory)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2020

Start date

6 January 2020, 1 May 2020

Venue

Trent University

1600 West Bank Drive,

PETERBOROUGH,

Ontario (ON),

K9L 0G2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a four-year, bachelor level, non-business degree (a four year undergraduate bachelor's degree) from an academic institution approved by Trent University; Minimum B+ (77%) or equivalent in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years (last ten full credits). English Language Proficiency Tests: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). A minimum score of 580 PBT, or 93 IBT (with a minimum score of 22 in both speaking and writing); IELTS (International English language Testing Services) - The minimum acceptance score is 6.5, with no band below 6.0. CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test) - The minimum acceptable score is 60, with at least 60 in writing Proficiency; MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery). The minimum acceptable score is 85, with no part below 80.

For international students

  • B.A. or B.Sc. honours degree (a four year undergraduate bachelor's degree) in one of the traditional disciplines: Anthropology, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computing & Information Systems, Economics, Geography, Humanities, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Philosophy, or Psychology
  • Minimum B+ (77%) or equivalent in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years (last ten full credits)
  • A university course in differential and integral calculus, and one in probability and statistics or the equivalent
  • Some familiarity with linear algebra, and be capable of programming at an elementary level in at least one computational language
  • A course in either differential equations or advanced statistics is required, depending on whether the student’s area of research will be mathematics or statistics based

The following tests are acceptable forms of proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) A minimum score of 580 PBT, 237 CBT with a minimum TWE score of 4.5 or 93 iBT with a minimum score of 22 in both speaking and writing is required.; (Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A.)
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test) – alternate test only for applicants who do not have access to TOEFL (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6). The minimum acceptable score is 60, with at least 60 in Writing Proficiency.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery). The minimum acceptable score is 85, with no part below 80.
  • IELTS Academic (International English language Testing Services). The minimum acceptance score is 6.5, with no band below 6.0.
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About this uni

Founded with a focus on interactive learning, Trent University has been ranked the best undergraduate university in Ontario for eight years running.

  • 90% of graduates employed within six months
  • Students from 110 countries across the world
  • # 1 university in Canada for scholarships and bursaries
  • State-of-the-art campuses close to nature and cities