What is the eligibility for the program?
The post-graduate program in Big Data and Machine Learning is a hands-on program designed for technology professionals, and you are expected to satisfy the following pre-requisites:
- Demonstrated programming experience
- Familiarity with college-level mathematics and statistics
We require that you have completed your bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science or Mathematics/Statistics and have at least 2 years of professional experience in a technology role.
Do I need to know programming?
Yes, since this program is designed for technology professionals looking to work hands-on with a range of Big Data and analytical tools and techniques most valued by the industry, you are required to have at least 2 years of programming experience. This may be in any programming language and not necessarily in Python or R, but having experience in these languages is an added plus.
What is the program architecture?
This blended learning program consists of about 450 hours of active learning – approximately 200 hours of classroom sessions (one weekend a month) that include hands-on exploration of the tools and techniques and the rest a combination of online learning, virtual lab assignments, and projects.
When does the program begin?
Please check the Batch commencement dates above under the Deadlines section.
What is unique about this program?
In this program, our emphasis is on developing professionals who can work with disparate data sources, analyze them, draw valuable conclusions and communicate the insight in a compelling way.
- A combination of academic rigor, hands-on practice, and extensive industry engagement will help you solve complex problems in a methodical and pragmatic manner
- With unlimited access to our cutting edge lab on the cloud, you can work on problems wherever and whenever you’d like using tested, industry-relevant software packages
- Intense focus on industry applicability ensures that you learn the most relevant tools and techniques to the industry, and industry partners are an integral part of the learning experience
- The blended learning model combines the discipline and collaborative nature of classroom learning with the flexibility and self-paced benefits of online learning. You will experience the best of both worlds
Is the post-graduate program in Big Data and Machine Learning entirely online?
No. You will attend classroom sessions for 1 weekend a month (2 days, all day). Additional content, live webinars and peer learning happens at your convenience on our online platform. You will complete all assignments and projects on our online Big Data Lab.
Is the program certificate awarded by Great Lakes?
The Post-Graduate Program in Big Data and Machine Learning is awarded by Great Lakes Institute of Management and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago. In addition to these institutions, the program is conceived and delivered in collaboration with an impressive array of corporate partners, who contribute to making this program industry-oriented through practical instruction, real-world case studies and expert mentorship.
How will the program help me advance in my career?
Upon completion of this program, you will be able to make or enhance your career in the burgeoning field of Big Data and Machine Learning. Among the careers that this course will be instrumental to is:
- Data Scientist
- Big Data Engineer or Data Engineer
- Sr. Software Engineer – Big Data
- Hadoop/Spark Engineer
- Big Data Solutions Architect
- Software Engineer - building applications on Big Data platforms
- IT consultants – focus on Big Data technologies
- Data Analyst (often a stepping stone towards becoming a Data Scientist)
Careers in Big Data and Machine Learning and Data Science are lucrative and in demand. With an estimated shortfall of over 200,000 data analysts and data scientists in India by 2018, the time is right for technology professionals to upgrade their competencies to make the most of this opportunity.
What skills will I develop through this course?
This program is aimed at technically minded problem solvers who are looking to build a career in big data technologies, data science, and advanced analytics.
At the end of this program:
You will be comfortable working on Big Data storage, processing, analysis techniques, visualization, and applications.
You will be able to choose the appropriate technology solution for a complex problem. New tools and algorithms are being created and adopted everyday. Insight on what tools, techniques and platforms to use for a real world use case is a huge leg-up on your competition.
You will be comfortable analyzing complex and large data using a range of Machine Learning and advanced analytical techniques.
You will be able to synthesize a deluge of data into lucid visualizations using a set of powerful tools.
Through practical assignments and mentored projects, you will develop fluency in the tools and techniques necessary to make sense of complex, large aggregations of data.
Will Great Lakes faculty be teaching this program?
Classroom sessions are delivered by Great Lakes faculty in conjunction with technology specialists with decades of Big Data and Advanced Analytics expertise. Industry stalwarts who head Data Science teams and apply these tools and techniques everyday will contribute to your learning outcomes through industry sessions, case studies and project support.
Is this program accredited by UGC or AICTE?
The format of the Program does not lend itself to accreditation from AICTE/UGC. However, Great Lakes is an AICTE accredited institution and is one of the few institutions in India to receive accreditation from AMBA (Association of MBAs, UK)
What is the fee payment schedule for the program?
The total Program fee of Rs. 3,75,000 + GST and can be paid at one go or according to the following payment schedule:
- Payment of Rs.50,000 at the time of acceptance of admission
- Payment of the remaining amount in 3 equal installments
Will I have to spend more on other material?
All required content – books, online material, licenses are included in the program fee and available at any time during (and after completion of) the program. You are welcome to purchase additional material for your own reference on faculty recommendation.
Will the content be available after the program is completed?
We believe that learning is continuous and hence all learning material – lecture notes, online content and supporting material – will be available through the online platform for one year after completion of the program. If you require extended access, please reach out to the program team.
How will I be evaluated during the program?
In this holistic and rigorous program, you will be evaluated continuously. All quizzes, assignments and projects are used to evaluate and monitor your progress towards the desired learning outcomes.
Can my company sponsor me?
We accept corporate sponsorships and can assist you with the process. For more information, you can write to us at email@example.com
Will there be placements at the end of this program?
The career support activities at Great Lakes’ post graduate program in Big Data and Machine Learning begin with helping candidates prepare for Big Data and Analytics careers through sessions conducted by industry experts. We also provide our candidates and alumni with access to any opportunities that partner companies share with us. We do not, however, offer a placement process as part of the program
What is the admission process?
You are invited to apply using our online application form. Our admissions panel evaluates all applications and you will be invited to an interview (in-person, telephone or video) if you are shortlisted. Admissions occur on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply early if you’re interested.
How can I apply for this program?
If you are interested in the Program, you can apply through the online application form. If you need assistance, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +91-9599963674
How will I get access to online Big Data Labs?
Online access to Big Data Labs will be provided on the very first day of your enrollment. All the big data tools like : Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Pig along with Python, Gephi, Tableau & R can be easily accessed by the student.
Where the classes will be held?
The classes will be conducted in Bangalore, Chennai & Hyderabad.
Will there be any Financial Assistance?
We have tie-ups with HDFC Credlia, Avanse Education (DHFL Group), MoneyTap, Credifiable, and Axis Bank for providing education loans.
Name of few Industry Mentors?
Nitin Agarwal - AVP & Head Data Science at Impetus Infotech
Ullas Nambiar - Head of Technology Innovation at Zensar Technologies
Pradeepta Mishra - Chief Data Scientist Machine Learning & AI Practice, Ma Foi Analytics.
Dr. Satya V Nitta - Worldwide Leader & Program Director - Cognitive Sciences & Education Technology, IBM
What is a Capstone Project?
All the candidates will be analyzing a real world problem using a range of tools & techniques that they have learned in class. The candidates will be given access to Big Data Labs which will help them during the project. The duration of the project is 3-4 months and is can be done in a group of 3-4 students.
Can I brush up on my programming before we start?
Yes, once admitted, you will receive a programming refresher (online) on Python and R – free of charge. We strongly recommend that you complete these introductory online courses so that you are ready from day one of the program.