Frequently Asked Questions - Graduate Program

COURSES AND SCHEDULING:

No, the application portal is now closed. No exceptions will be made.

We do not currently offer admission during any semester except Fall.

The admission portal will open on November 1, 2019 for the Fall 2020 semester, and will remain open until February 1, 2020 11:59PM MST for international applicants, and April 15, 2020 11:59 MDT for Canadian/Permanent Residents. If you are interested in applying for this future admission cycle, we would recommend waiting until November to have your documents sent, otherwise there will not be an application number nor user ID to associate the documents with, making the papers susceptible to being lost in the months between their receipt and your application being submitted.

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.

Courses will run Monday through Thursday from approximately 5:00 - 7:45pm, the exact timing to be confirmed. In addition to this, we are anticipating hosting at least 1 additional cohort of students during daytime hours. 

Students will be able to determine their own course load per semester, taking 1 to 4 courses. Out of concern for enrollment imbalances between the different courses, preference will ultimately be given to applicants who are able to commit to a full course load, but we are working to be accommodating. 

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.

Classes will be held on the University’s main campus (2500 University Drive NW), in the ICT building -- ICT 517.

Courses will be offered in-class. Online delivery is being considered for future semesters.

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

A student enrolled in all four courses should expect to have ~30 hours of work per week (or ~15 hour of work per week, per course), this includes 12 hours of in-class learning, and 18 hours for assignments, research etc. done independently.


GENERAL:

Canadian / Permanent Resident

- Tuition Per Course - $3,000

- Certificate Tuition Total - $12,000

- Diploma Tuition Total - $24,000

 

International

- Tuition Per Course - $4,000

- Certificate Tuition Total - $16,000

- Diploma Tuition Total - $32,000

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 relevant regarding student loans, as a student's status as part- or full-time can impact their eligibility. 

Recent federal legislation stipulates that only certified consultants may offer advice about immigration issues. The International Student Services (ISS) at the University of Calgary specializes in this area. Go to International Student Services or contact the office at international.advice@ucalgary.ca.

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:

Successful applicants will meet the following requirements:

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution
  • 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 
  • Successful completion of the following undergraduate courses:
    • 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.

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

The Data Science program will follow the same guidelines as set out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  See the current Graduate Calendar under Admission > A.1 Qualifications > 2. for full details.

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

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).

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

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.

Recent federal legislation stipulates that only certified consultants may offer advice about immigration issues. I have been instructed by International Student Services (ISS) at the University of Calgary to direct any permit or immigration inquiries directly to their office, who specialize in this area. You can go to http://www.ucalgary.ca/iss/immigration  for details, or contact international.advice@ucalgary.ca  for email inquiries

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