Post Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics & Big Data 2018-19

Institute for Financial Management and Research is launching a 11-month Certificate Program
in Business Analytics & Big Data, in association with IBM.


Duration : 11 months Weekend program ; starting from June 2018

Fees : 2,50,000/- INR; payable in three installments



Foundation Courses

  • Introduction to Mathematical Computation

  • Programming Methodology & Logic Building Exercises


  • Managing Data in Modern Enterprise
  • Foundation in Business Analytics & Modern Areas of Analytics
  • Predictive Analytics & Data Modeling
  • Synthesizing & Analyzing Processes & Algorithms
  • Descriptive Analytics using IBM Cognos BI
  • Analytics Best Practices --- BFSI
  • Programming in R & Python


  • Big Data Analytics for Business
  • Machine Learning Theory
  • Cognitive Computing & Advanced
  • Machine Learning in Practice
    (Using IBM Watson Platform)
  • Analytics Best Practices -- Healthcare


  • Analyzing Business Strategy & Complexity
  • Econometric Applications
  • Building Data Strategies for Business
  • Analytics Best Practices – Telecom
  • Analytics Best Practices – Retail


  • Weekend classes that do not disrupt work schedule

  • Certification from IFMR on program completion

  • Hands-on experience at the IBM Business Analytics Lab on Campus

  • World Class Infrastructure

  • Programme will be delivered at Sri City and Chennai

  • Course modules taught by IFMR Faculty Members and Subject Matter Experts - strong Conceptual Inputs along with Experiential Learning from Industry

  • Diverse student profile – From 2 yrs to 25 yrs experience which would enable a vibrant peer-to-peer interaction and sharing of industry practices

  • Focus on modern areas of analytics including Cognitive Analytics

Who should attend

  • Working professionals interested in learning data analytics
  • Executives with aptitude for data analytics

Pre Requisite

  • Graduate with Mathematics as a subject up to Class XII
  • Working Knowledge of MS Excel
  • Basics of Programming desirable


  • Interactive Lectures by Industry practitioners and academic experts
  • Real-life case studies
  • Project based learning
  • Hands on sessions in the Analytics Lab

1. Why Business Analytics?

At a global level, the challenges posed by the growth of data – including growth in volume, variety and velocity is palpable. The challenges are not only in handling these 3 Vs of Big Data but also in harnessing the value embedded therein. Additionally, these challenges are common throughout all sectors and all disciplines. Data Science is the burgeoning field that is poised towards building capabilities that can help in grappling with these data challenges. Increasingly, only businesses and communities that build appropriate data competencies may be able to compete/survive in this new world order. A few anecdotal references (cited below) point towards the demand-supply gap with regard to qualified data scientists and hence the need for a Data Science oriented Business Analytics Curriculum.

(b) Excerpt from the "Article - Big Data Analytics - A Big Fish"

Nasscom has set up a special interest group to make India the global hub of big data analytics to cash in on huge opportunities in the analytics segment.

(c) Excerpt from data science research initiative of the Government of India


2.Business Analytics & Big Data @ IFMR with IBM Advantage

This Program is designed to augment your career skillsets to the changing needs of the industry. This has been specially designed for Working Executives, from all levels of management. This programme intends to equip the participants with appropriate knowledge to utilize Data Science as a tool and solution in their domain area and rise up in the corporate ladder. The course content is carefully built by including different needs of various industries.

The program aims at enabling the students to find meaningful patterns in large volumes of structured and unstructured data and to make information driven business decisions that impact the performance of the company in terms of profitability and competitiveness. The program is also enriched with seminars and workshops from Industry experts on a continuous basis.