Frequently Asked Questions - Data Science

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COURSES AND SCHEDULING:

[last updated Jan 18/21] 

We are not accepting applications for Spring or Summer admission cycles at this time.

Our application portal is now open for our Master, Diploma, and Certificate, 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:

  • April 15, 2021 

International students:

  • February 1, 2021 

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 runs 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 11 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 take 2 courses per semester: DATA 601 and 604 in the Fall, and DATA 602 and 603 in the Winter. 

Students can expect approximately 20 hours of work per week for 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.

 

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, all Data Science classes in Fall 2020 AND Winter 2021 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 continuing to provide networking opportunities via online events.  

Whether subsequent semesters in 2021 and beyond will be offered online is still to be determined based on the assured safety of our students and staff. 

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 AND Winter 2021 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 will continue to offer events online.

Whether subsequent semesters in 2021 and beyond will be offered online is still to be determined based on the assured safety of our students and staff. 

The Data Science and Analytics DATA 6xx-level courses are available exclusively to students actively enrolled in the Data Science and Analytics graduate program.

We do not allow auditing, or provide access to students outside of the program or in Open Studies.

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:

[last updated Jan 18/21]

International applicants can anticipate notification of their application’s status beginning in February 2021, after the application deadline, with our intention being to notify all international applicants of their application’s status no later than April 2021. We anticipate that domestic applicants will start to be notified as early as March 2021. 

Official Transcripts:

Until an offer of admission is provided, only unofficial transcripts (NOT official) are required for an application to be considered complete and ready for assessment. Please do not request to have your official transcripts sent until you have been offered admission. See our FAQ section "Transcripts" for more details.

 

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Exams:

Please note: if you hold a degree from an institution that instructed in English, the ELP requirement is waived and no test results should be sent.

On a temporary basis, the University of Calgary will accept both the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the Duolingo English Test** for Fall 2021 applications. **TOEFL iBT should be used as the preferred test instead of Duolingo English 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:

In response to COVID-19 all Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 classes will be held remotely. 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. 

 

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.

Our program’s tuition costs are listed here, on the Program Specific Fees page, under Faculty of Science, https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/p-1-2-1.html

Students are also assessed General Fees (see last 3 tables on page), https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/p-1-2.html. 

Tuition for Canadian/Permanent Residents

  • Tuition per 3-unit course - $3,060
  • Tuition per 3-unit internship course - $1,530

Therefore, the tuition totals per program are:

  • Graduate Certificate (12 units) - $12,240
  • Graduate Diploma (24 units) - $24,480
  • Master (30 units + 6 internship units) - $33,660

 

Tuition for international students

  • Tuition per 3-unit course - $4,080
  • Tuition per 3-unit internship course - $2,040

Therefore, the tuition totals per program are:

  • Graduate Certificate (12 units) - $16,320
  • Graduate Diploma (24 units) - $32,640
  • Master (30 units + 6 internship units) - $44,880

Duration for Full-Time Students 

  • The expected completion time for the Graduate Certificate is four months. 
  • The expected completion time for the Graduate Diploma is 8 months.
  • The expected completion time for the Master Degree is 12 months. Depending on how the student and industry partner choose to pace their internship the program length may extend to 16 months.

 

Duration for Part-Time Students

  • The expected completion time for the Graduate Certificate is at least 8 months; the maximum completion time is 3 years. 
  • The expected completion time for the Graduate Diploma is at least 12 months; the maximum completion time is 3 years.
  • The expected completion time for the Master Degree at least 16 months; the maximum completion time is 6 years. 

 

See our program's Calendar Entry under 6. Time Limits.

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:

[last updated Jan 18/21]

  • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.00 on a four-point scale or equivalent, calculated on the last 60 units (20 half-course equivalents) completed in your 4-year Bachelor’s degree 

  • Successful completion of the following undergraduate courses, with at least a “B” grade or equivalent: 

    • one course in computer programming, 

    • one course in statistics or equivalent, and 

    • one course in either calculus or linear algebra or equivalent 

  • Demonstration of English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

We require unofficial transcripts and degrees for all post-secondary education to assess prerequisites and a student's GPA, as well as a CV/resume.

 

We do NOT require a Study Proposal, GRE/GMAT, a Writing Sample, or reference letters*.  

 

*The Master application will have an option to include References (done through an online format, not through the submission of independent letters/documents) but it is not required.

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, and we ask that no test results be provided.

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).

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:

[last updated Jan 18/21]

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES TO TRANSCRIPT PROTOCOLS DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Until an offer of admission is provided, only unofficial transcripts (NOT official) are required for an application to be considered complete and ready for assessment. Please do not request to have your official transcripts sent until you have been offered admission.

Unofficial transcripts (those uploaded or supplied by the student) will be used to evaluate an application for admission.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS UNTIL AN OFFER OF ADMISSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED VIA EMAIL.

 

Until an offer of admission is provided, only unofficial transcripts (NOT official) are required for an application to be considered complete and ready for assessment. 

"Official transcripts" are those received by the University of Calgary directly from the issuing institution. As we are currently working remotely, please utilize the option of submitting your transcripts electronically if possible.

Electronic Copies

Official transcripts are those received by the University of Calgary directly from the issuing institution. Until further notice, due to COVID-19, we are now able to accept transcripts received from Canadian and international institutions as official via email. To be considered official:

  • Transcripts must come directly from the issuing institution’s appropriate transcript distribution email address (e.g. Registrar Office, Transcript Office)
  • Emails must be sent to gradtranscripts@ucalgary.ca
  • Please be aware that documents sent by students or faculty members cannot be accepted

Paper Copies

  • Official transcripts are to be sent in a sealed envelope to the program by the issuing institution. Request your transcripts to be sent to:

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

 

 

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.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has provided additional flexibility in providing official transcripts due to COVID-19, however we do not accept transcripts through WES.


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:

[last updated Jan 18/21] 

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 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.

See the "Transcript" section of our FAQ page for more information.

If you completed your previous studies in a country other than Canada, you can look up the grade equivalency for your country here.

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:


MASTERS:

[updated Jan 18/21]

The Master portion of the degree will include:

DATA 691: Integrated Topics in Data Science and Analytics

And either:

DATA 693: Professional Internship in Data Science and Analytics

                OR

DATA 695: Research Internship in Data Science and Analytics

Students cannot begin the Master component of the degree until the courses from the Certificate (DATA 601-604), and one of the Diploma specializations (DATA 605-608; DATA 611-614 or DATA 621-624) have been successfully completed.

The intention is for all Masters students to complete a 200-hour professional internship (in industry), but under certain circumstances students may complete a research internship, which will be based on campus, in lieu of one in a professional environment.

The internship will be worth 6 credits. It is the program’s role to help ensure that students have opportunities to apply for. An Internship Coordinator will be facilitating industry connections, and will be assisting in the placement of our students with appropriate industry partners, however the students will be required to apply for the position they are seeking and will need to interview to confirm the placement.

In some instances a student may partner with their employer to complete the professional internship, this would be determined by the Internship Coordinator, who connects with an applicant upon their admission to the program. Previous work experience cannot be utilized towards the 200-hours required.

The Master application will have an option to include References, but they are not required by the program, however, as the program is very popular it is advantageous to use all possible opportunities to highlight yourself as an applicant.

References can be professional or academic. 

The reference section is done through an online form, not through the submission of independent letters. As the system will not allow the reference portion to be left blank, if you do not wish to include references, to get around this issue you’re welcome use prograd.science@ucalgary.ca and datascience@ucalgary.ca as placeholders, and whatever text for the other required fields. The program will not be providing references, these requests will be archived and eventually removed from your To Do List.

We offer a "Master of Data Science and Analytics", not a Master of Science degree.

Our Master degree is a professional, course-based graduate-level credential.

It has been designed to provide technical expertise at a fast-pace to allow our program’s alumni to either elevate their career, or take it in a new trajectory.

We do not offer a thesis-based program, and our degree will not continue to a PhD-level.

For full-time students, the expected completion time for the Master Degree is 12 months.

We anticipate that students entering our Master program in Fall 2021 on a full-time basis will complete the program’s courses during the following semesters:

  • Fall 2021 (September – December);
  • Winter 2022 (January – April);
  • Spring/Summer 2022 (May – August).

Depending on how the student and industry partner choose to pace their internship the program length may extend to 16 months.

For part-time students, the expected completion time for the Master Degree at least 16 months. The maximum completion time is 6 years. 

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