Frequently Asked Questions - Graduate Program

COURSES AND SCHEDULING:

We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester.

Yes, the program will begin accepting applications for Winter 2021 on March 1, 2020. Please note: our Winter intake will only be for a part-time course schedule. Enrolling as a part-time student can have implications, see the International Student Services' Immigration Page and the Government of Canada’s Eligibility Criteria for more details. The intention is for students to take DATA 602 and 603 in Winter 2021, and DATA 601 and 604 in Fall 2021.

Winter 2021 Application Deadlines

Canadian and Permanent Residents:

  • Applications received by August 15, 2020 will automatically be considered for the Winter 2021 semester.
  • Applications received between August 16 and December 15, 2020 will be accepted but may be considered for a later term. 
    • Please note: applications submitted during this period are required to be complete. To be considered complete the application will need to include:
      • Official transcripts
      • Resume
      • Paid application fee – application assessment will not commence until the application fee has been paid

International students:

  • Application Deadline: extended to July 10, 2020 (now closed).
  • Applicants interested in applying after the deadline will be considered if at the time of submitting an application the applicant resides in Canada with a current study permit. If this situation applies to you, please contact prograd.science@ucalgary.ca for more details.

Yes, our application portal is now open for both international applicants as well as Canadian/Permanent Residents. This semester will offer options for both full-time and part-time applicants. 

Fall 2021 Application Deadlines

Canadians and Permanent Residents:

  • Applications received by April 15, 2021 will automatically be considered for the Fall 2021 semester. 
  • Applications received between April 16 and August 20, 2021 will be accepted but may be considered for a later term.
    • Please note applications submitted during this period are required to be complete. To be considered complete the application will need to include:
      • Official transcripts
      • Resume
      • Paid application fee – application assessment will not commence until the application fee has been paid

International students:

  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 
  • Applicants interested in applying after the deadline will be considered if at the time of submitting an application the applicant resides in Canada with a current study permit. If this situation applies to you, please contact prograd.science@ucalgary.ca for more details.

Fall is devoted to our Certificate program's courses DATA 601-604. There are two class schedules offered, running Monday through Thursday. The morning schedule runs 9am - 11:45am, and the evening from 5pm - 7:45pm.

Both daytime and evening options are structured the same: DATA 601 and 602 running concurrently for 6 weeks, followed by DATA 603 and DATA 604 for the remaining 6 weeks of the Fall semester.

Our Diploma classes (DATA 605-624) run exclusively in the Winter semester. Classes will run Monday through Thursday, in the evening from 5pm - 7:45pm.

Our Certificate's DATA 602 and 603 will run on our evening schedule in Winter 2021 to accommodate part-time students already in the program, and those looking to start in Winter 2021.

A student enrolled in all four courses should expect to have 40+ hours of work per week (or ~20 hours of work per week, per course), this includes 12 hours of in-class learning, with the remaining hours committed to assignments, research etc. done independently.

Students looking to enroll on a Part-Time basis would take DATA 601 and 604 in Fall 2020. We anticipate offering DATA 602 and 603 in Winter 2021, however this will be subject to student demand.

Students can expect approximately 20 hours of work per week for from September – April, 2 consecutive terms, culminating in a certificate; this includes 5.5 hours per week of in-class learning, with the remaining time devoted to assignments, research etc. done independently.

 

Full Question: Am I able to take courses from one of the diploma specializations (DATA 605 - 608, 611 - 614, or, 621 - 624) before completing the certificate (DATA 601 - 604)? 

Students must complete the certificate in full before enrolling in any diploma courses.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, all Data Science classes in Fall 2020 will be offered exclusively online, as opposed to an in-class model. Students will be expected to remotely attend courses according to the schedule that they are registered for. We are working to find ways to maintain the level of networking opportunities offered in previous semesters and intend to offer events online.  

Whether Winter 2021 and Fall 2021 classes will be held in-person or online will be determined in the coming months. We anticipate hearing about whether Winter class offerings will be in-person/online/a hybrid after the Fall semester starts, perhaps as late as October-November as they will be basing the decision off of the current safety regulations necessary. Understanding the benefits reaped of an in-class model, at this time we are going off the pretense that courses in Winter 2021 will be in-person but this is subject to change.

Since its inception, our program exclusively utilized an in-class model, that allowed for ample interaction and collaboration between students, and encouraged networking.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, all Data Science classes in Fall 2020 will be offered exclusively online, as opposed to an in-class model. Students will be expected to remotely attend courses according to the schedule that they are registered for. We are working to find ways to maintain the level of networking opportunities offered in previous semesters and intend to offer events online.  

Whether Winter 2021 and Fall 2021 classes will be held in-person or online will be determined in the coming months. We anticipate hearing about whether Winter class offerings will be in-person/online/a hybrid after the Fall semester starts, perhaps as late as October-November as they will be basing the decision off of the current safety regulations necessary. Understanding the benefits reaped of an in-class model, at this time we are going off the pretense that courses in Winter 2021 will be in-person but this is subject to change.

The Data Science and Analytics certificate and diploma courses will not be available for auditing.

Please go to the Dataverse Scholar's Portal to see a number of projects that were completed as part of the Fall 2018 certificate program.


GENERAL:

Official Transcripts:

We are very aware and empathetic to the issues COVID-19 has created globally; many institutions are closed, or unable to deliver official transcripts to other institutions on behalf of the student.

Applicants without access to official transcripts (issued by the institution) are able to have their applications assessed using unofficial transcripts (those uploaded by the student to their Student Centre after an application has been submitted). Once an application has been assessed, we will work with the applicant to determine whether the official transcripts can be received by a certain deadline, or whether an exception can be made.

Please note: As we are working remotely, any official transcripts that have been received by our office on March 20th or later will be updated on your Student Centre To-Do Lists upon our return to campus.

 

English Language Proficiency Exams:

As in-person tests have been cancelled or postponed, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, which governs our program has made a contingency plan for instances such as this:

On a temporary basis, the University of Calgary will accept both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition specifically for admission in the Fall 2020, and Winter 2021 terms for graduate programs. PLEASE NOTE: TOEFL iBT should be used as the preferred test in any country that it is available.

See https://grad.ucalgary.ca/future-students/temporary-admission-regulations-covid-19 for full details.

 

Course Offerings:

We are currently developing an online offering for Fall 2020. We are working to ensure that the same hands-on learning style and networking opportunities that existed in-person will be available in an online setting. As this decision was made in mid-May 2020, there are no further details are available at this time. We will be updating our website and sending out communications as soon as more information is available. 

 

Immigration:

See https://www.ucalgary.ca/student-services/iss/covid-19-faqs for information at a University of Calgary level. See https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/pgwpp-rules-covid19.html for details made available by the Government of Canada.

 

Scheduling Meetings:

We are able to utilize the Zoom platform in place of in-person or over-the-phone meetings. Once a meeting has been requested via email (prograd.science@ucalgary.ca) a member of our team will reach out to you to schedule a time for a password protected Zoom meeting.

Please see Data Science section of the the academic calendar.

Students are also assessed General Fees.

A student enrolled in 4 courses per semester would be able to complete the certificate in 1 semester (4 months) or the diploma in 2 semesters (8 months). 

Students are able to enroll as either "part-time" or "full-time". This will affect the amount they are assessed for General Fees, as well as the services offered (e.g. part-time students are not eligible for health, dental or a UPASS [used for Calgary Transit]). It may also be relevant regarding student loans, and future immigration plans, as a student's status as part- or full-time can impact their eligibility. 

If you have any questions regarding immigration/visas, federal legislation stipulates that only certified consultants may offer advice about immigration issues. Students who have been accepted to the University of Calgary will have access to International Student Services (ISS) at the University of Calgary, who are certified in this area. See the following websites for more details:

A certificate or diploma in Data Science and Analytics can work within the Canada-Alberta Job Grant model if the employer and employee meet the criteria as set out in the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide.


REQUIREMENTS:

See the current Graduate Calendar under Admission > A.1 Qualifications for full details.

If you hold a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree from an institution that instructs in English, the proof of English Language Proficiency required is waived.

If your previous post-secondary education was taught in a different language, proof of English Language Proficiency is required. See the current Graduate Calendar under Admission > A.1 Qualifications > 2. English Language Proficiency for full details  (http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/grad/current/gs-a-1.html).

No, we do not require reference letters. The documents required are transcripts and a copy of a current CV/resume.

No, this is not a requirement of our program.

You are able to take courses to meet the prerequisites, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • They are from an accredited institution or learning resource
  • The course is evaluated/graded in some way 
  • You can produce a certificate or transcript that documents your completion and grade for the course
  • Students are required to have at least a “B” grade, or equivalent, to meet the minimum requirements.

Below are examples of appropriate prerequisites from our institution:

Computer Programming:

  • CPSC 217 - Introduction to Computer Science for Multidisciplinary Studies I, 
  • CPSC 219 - Introduction to Computer Science for Multidisciplinary Studies II, 
  • CPSC 231 - Introduction to Computer Science for Computer Science Majors I
  • DATA 211 - Programming with Data

When considering Computer Science courses, it’s important to ensure that programming is a main component of the course, regardless of the language used, although Python is what is used most frequently in the program itself.

Calculus / Linear Algebra:

Statistics:

  • STAT 205 - Introduction to Statistical Inquiry,
  • STAT 217 – Introduction to Statistics II,
  • STAT 321 – Introduction to Probability,
  • STAT 327 - Statistics for the Physical and Environmental Sciences

 

 

If you would like to take courses outside those listed above, please ensure they meet the following requirements:

  • The learning outcomes are similar to those listed as appropriate examples
  • It is from an accredited institution or learning resource
  • The course is evaluated/graded in some way 
  • You can produce a transcript that documents your completion and grade for the course
  • Minimum of 30 hours in length
  • Students are required to have at least a “B” grade, or equivalent, to meet the minimum requirements

CLICK HERE to view the prerequisite pre-assessment for you to review. If you are comfortable answering the questions listed, this is a good indicator that you are prepared for the material found in our fast-paced, graduate level program. 


TRANSCRIPTS:

Unofficial transcripts (those uploaded or supplied by the student) can be used to evaluate an admission application to speed up the admission process. You can upload your unofficial transcripts in your Student Centre, which is accessible with your Student ID. Admission would then be offered contingent on the receipt of your transcripts by a certain date.

Official transcripts are those received by the University of Calgary directly from the issuing institution.

Official transcripts are those received by the University of Calgary directly from the issuing institution.

Where do I mail my transcripts to?
Official transcripts are to be sent in a sealed envelope or directly emailed to the program by the issuing institution. Request your transcripts to be sent to:

Data Science and Analytics 
Department of Computer Science, ICT 602
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

When transcripts are emailed, the transcript retrieval instructions should be emailed directly to the program administrator (datascience@ucalgary.ca) by the institution or their third party contractor, with the transcript to be downloaded from a secure site by the Data Science program using a unique link/password (not sent as an attachment).

 

Please Note: As we are working remotely, any official transcripts that have been received by our office on March 20th or later will be updated on your Student Centre To-Do Lists upon our return to campus.

No, we are able to retrieve internal transcripts, and do not require them to be sent to the program.

Please note that if you have any additional post-secondary education after your degree at the University of Calgary, this will not be on file and therefore need to be submitted.

We do not accept transcripts through WES or any other third party service.


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:

If your original documents are not in English, we require both the original documents or certified true copies of each of your official transcripts and degree certificates in the original language, in the original sealed envelope, sent directly from the issuing University, and an English translation from the issuing University or a notarized word-for-word English translation of a duplicate copy of that origin

If you completed your previous studies in a country other than Canada, you can look up the grade equivalency for your country here: https://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/international

We do not accept transcripts through WES or any other third party service.

Federal legislation stipulates that only certified consultants may offer advice about immigration issues. Students who have been accepted to the University of Calgary will have access to International Student Services (ISS) at the University of Calgary, who are certified in this area. See the following websites for more details:

Do you have a question about the program? Get in touch