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Data Analytics

Waitlisted for Fall 2021

Closed for Fall 2021 (International)

Open for Spring 2022

Length: 4 months Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Upcoming Information Sessions

All courses in this program will be delivered online (OA, OS, OR) for the Fall 2021 semester.
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Overview

Gain the skills and knowledge to take your career to the next level with data analytics. Become a valued member of any business by using data to align the business decision-making process with storytelling and insight.

The Data Analytics post-diploma certificate program will focus on predictive analytics, which uses statistical models and forecasting to understand possible future scenarios, as well as prescriptive analytics, which uses optimization and simulation to produce recommendations on possible outcomes.

Courses in the program address the methods used to organize and analyze structured and unstructured (big data) sets to facilitate informed decision making.

Graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and aptitude to apply fundamental principles of data analytics. They will learn to align data into the business decision-making process, creating accurate and meaningful storytelling with actionable insights. They will accomplish this using a foundation of data management and ethics.

Is this the right fit for me?

This is an intensive program requiring a commitment of both time and energy. Students who experience success are those who make their education a priority throughout the program.

We find there is a direct correlation between the time and energy invested to the amount of success achieved.

Learners with strong time-management and discipline have a greater propensity to succeed. Remaining focused and diligent with coursework is important for success in completing the program.

Credentials

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Data Analytics post-diploma certificate.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n):

  • business analyst
  • data analytics analyst
  • data analytics specialist
  • data and reporting analyst
  • data steward
  • business intelligence analyst

Related careers include:

  • statistician
  • webmaster

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $14,687

Year 1 (International): $17,311

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for spring and fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date 
  • Applications for spring 2022 opened on June 14, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Spring 2021 May 9, 2021 Aug. 26, 2022
Fall 2021 Oct. 4, 2021 Feb. 26, 2022

How to apply

Doubling down on data

It’s no coincidence that some of the world’s largest companies have one thing in common: an abundance of data. Their ability to process, interpret and apply it to the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) has catapulted big tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google to market dominance.

Admission requirements

  • Spring and fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications opened on June 14, 2022. 

Applicants must meet one of the following (or equivalent), as well as the English Proficiency requirement*:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma from a recognized university, institute or college.
  • A combination of education and experience will be considered, upon approval from the Academic Chair. 

* All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for the Data Analytics post-diploma certificate has a previous post-secondary diploma or degree. Education in business, economics, finance, etc. would be ideal.

You have a strong math background and foundational education in statistics. You have worked with data and are intrigued by the power of data and how it can be analyzed to support good business decision-making. 

Previous experience working with databases is an asset.

Courses

Program outline

The courses listed are not shown in instructional order. Due to the nature of the fast-track programs some course may be modified or replaced.

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Course code Course name Credit
DATA 401 Data Literacy 3.0
DATA 410 Business Context for Data Analytics 3.0
DATA 415 Statistical Analysis of Data 3.0
DATA 420 Predictive Analytics 3.0
DATA 445 Business Analytics with Excel 3.0
DATA 460 Business Intelligence Reporting 3.0
DATA 475 Advanced Concepts in Data Analytics 3.0
PROJ 406 Data Analytics Capstone Project 3.0
Total Program Credits 24.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $13,354 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $14,687

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $15,978 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $17,311

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program has no set orientation date.

Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed-block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Additional software will be downloaded and installed on your computer during the first classes. Reviewing this tutorial would be beneficial.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8543
ict.techstudents@sait.ca

Academic chair

Erin Gates, Academic Chair
erin.gates@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

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