Academic Overview

The Big Data Certificate Program at San Francisco State University is designed to train you and develop your skills to use and manage data analytics to increase ROI at your organization. Learn to manage data scientists to analyze, create and deliver customer experiences that are unique and valuable in the marketplace. Develop your strategies to solve messy, real-world problems and how to communicate results. Gain technical, analytical and communication skills through San Francisco project-based interdisciplinary curriculum, which seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of the new customer experience.

​​The Benefits of Case Studies

For many years, business, medical and law schools have based curriculum on the analysis of real-world cases, while professors in a variety of disciplines have found an occasional case study helps to assess a students' ability to synthesize, evaluate and apply information and concepts learned in lectures and texts. Our faculty and leadership is highly interested in involving program participants in classroom discussions and have found that case studies provide a rich basis for developing problem solving and decision making skills. In the Big Data Certificate Program, we utilize case studies throughout the curriculum in order to give real-world application to each module being taught.

Here is an example of a case study presented in a recent Big Data Program:
Transforming Big Data Analytics into a Competitive Advantage for Insurers - White Paper Case Study Provided by Infosys®


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​Interdisciplinary Approach

Discover what it takes to strategically deploy Big Data, engage teams and encourage cross-discipline collaboration. Learn how to break through silos to improve services and create new, disruptive offerings.


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Practical Outcomes

Our faculty and leadership consult directly with organizations in today's marketplace ensuring you will leave the program with skills and knowledge to ask the right questions and manage your teams in Big Data projects.


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Hands-On Learning

Our program is designed to lead you in solving real-world problems by facilitating exercises and simulations. Our interactive, hands-on sessions utilize best-practice methods and frameworks. ​


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Actionable Toolkit

During the program, you'll complete your own Professional Big Data Portfolio and apply your learnings toward your Capstone Project: a real or hypothetical problem, solution and strategic plan.




San Francisco Location, California
Online or on-site at your location


Lisa Doering
(415) 343-0264