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Big Data Programming & Architecture

Uncover the Hidden Value of Big Data

Bridging theory and practical experience

Admission Requirements


This program is an open enrolment program.  There is no formal admission procedure. To enrol in a course or the program, simply register online. Students should register at least three weeks before classes begin. Courses can be taken as part of a program or individually.

Big Data Programming and Architecture Program Requirements & Prerequisites

In compliance with the Certificates and Diploma admission policy from Undergraduate Council, learners who wish to enrol in Big Data Programming and Architecture should meet the following requirements based on their education and work experience:

  • Possess a minimum of intermediate level prior education or work experience in the field of data analytics, statistics;
  • Proficiency with computer program applications, such as Word, Excel, and Access;
  • Be a mature student as defined in the Undergraduate Calendar of McMaster University; or
  • Be deemed an exceptional case by the Centre for Continuing Education.  Prospective students within this category must contact the Program Manager for consultation and evaluation of past education and professional experience;
  • Big Data Programming & Architecture program follows Bring your own device (BYOD) policies. Laptop computer requirements are included in the course descriptions for courses that require a minimum level of technology specification.​

Do you need additional training?

You may find additional training resources in Python programming, SQL, and PowerBI from one of our partners, Ed2Go. View professional development course list here. You are welcome to choose other extra education/training options appropriate to your background. 

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If your first language is not English, you must meet McMaster University’s English language proficiency requirements: Completion of TOEFL exam with a minimum acceptable score of IBT: 86 overall with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening), valid for 2 years​