Online Master of Computer Science (Big Data Systems)

Do you want to harness the power of computing and machine learning to make sense of big data? The online Master of Computer Science with a concentration in big data systems can help. You'll design scalable systems for capturing, processing, and interpreting large and complex data sets. You'll also gain analytical expertise to generate insights from data and inform decision-making for organizations.

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Next start date: 10/13/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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The big data systems concentration is a separate program you can select as part of the Master of Computer Science degree.

A master’s degree in big data systems

 

There’s a high demand for a new crop of data scientists and engineers with the ability to distill high volume,  high velocity and high variety data sets. They need the analytical skills to turn data into meaningful insights and make accurate predictions based on the data. Through project-based learning, the online Master of Computer Science in big data systems prepares you to architect, implement and deploy systems to manage this ever-growing amount of data.

You'll learn how to design different types of scalable big data systems. These include parallel, distributed and real-time systems. As a graduate with a big data degree, you'll have the expertise to deploy the appropriate data management, processing or analysis system for a particular task or domain application need.

You’ll further gain skills to obtain a deeper understanding of data through project-based learning in big data analysis, data processing, data mining and machine deep learning, mining algorithms, visualization techniques and more. Your big data training and skills in algorithms, modeling and engineering will give you a significant competitive advantage in the field.

Big data management skills for engineers

 

A big data degree will provide you with a diverse skill set to acquire, store and process large-scale data sets. You’ll also gain analytical expertise to mine information from the data. The following skills acquired in the program may help you secure employment as a data architect, engineer or scientist.

  • Applying data mining technology to real-world applications.
  • Creating tools that support entity, network analytics, text, and media analytics.
  • Designing optimal solutions for a given set of application-driven constraints.
  • Making informed decisions about data storage, indexing, querying, retrieval and visualization.
  • Reasoning about query optimization and execution alternatives.
  • Using and developing real-time, online and scalable processing systems.

What is big data?

 

Big data describes the massive amount and variety of data being generated to support our knowledge economy. While some data is “at rest,” real-time processing of “data in motion” is vital for many applications. These include fraud detection systems, financial services, mobile/location-aware services, credit card authentication, health care, etc.

Such vast, fast and complex data are difficult to store, manage, analyze and draw insights from it. This necessitates the engineering of new data architectures and tools with lots of processing power. These can match the scale of the data and support split-second decision-making through data fusion and integration, analysis, visualization and forecasting algorithms.

New data systems will help make decisions, support industry and research discovery, and generate value. Thus, there's an urgent need for engineers and data scientists with excellent data management, system development/integration and data analysis skills.

Professional certification and nondegree enrollment opportunities

Earn a professional credential in one of four high-demand computing areas by taking three graduate computer science courses. This credential is issued by ASU in partnership with Coursera as a MasterTrackTM Professional Certification. Courses must be completed with a “B” or higher, and up to 12 credits can be applied toward the computer science master’s degree, if admitted. You can also earn the MasterTrackTM Professional Certification while pursuing the computer science master’s degree.

Students interested in a variety of topics have the option to follow a general pathway to complete at least three available 500-level CSE courses. While this option does not provide a professional certification, up to 12 credits completed with a “B” or higher can still be applied to the Master of Computer Science program, if admitted.

Completing 9 credits as a nondegree student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher satisfies the English proficiency requirement for international applicants and the GPA requirement for all applicants to the Master of Computer Science online program.

Does my master's in big data say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Learn to manage big data systems

To meet degree requirements, all online Master of Computer Science students must take one foundations course, one systems course and one applications course. Students pursuing the big data systems concentration must complete the following core courses and concentration requirements.


Concentration

CSE 511 Data Processing at Scale


Concentration

CSE 575 Statistical Machine Learning


Concentration

CSE 578 Data Visualization


Concentration

CSE 598 Engineering Blockchain Applications


Concentration

CSE 572 Data Mining


Big data jobs

Wondering what you can do with big data? As the demand for big data professionals grows rapidly, you have various career opportunities available.

Big data has been playing an instrumental role in many fields. These include health care, media, entertainment, manufacturing, education, banking and transportation. You can also find a career that suits your unique interests, from administering databases to developing software. Browse some of the career titles available with a master’s degree in big data systems.

Cloud support associate

Data architect

Data engineer

Data scientist

Database administrator

Software development engineer

Learn computer science and big data from the experts

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 40 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last four years.

Learn computer science and big data from the experts

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 40 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last four years.

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