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20 Months on-campus in GGU US

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Up to 36 Months of OPT after Graduation

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    WASC Accreditation & WES Recognition

    WASC Accreditation & WES Recognition

    GGU has been accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1959 and it is WES recognized. WASC accredits universities in California and Hawaii, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, and others. WSCUC is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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    Learn from Scholar Practitioners

    Learn from 80 Ph.D. faculty and industry leaders.

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    End-to-end counseling and visa support

    upGrad team will help you with end-to-end processing of your application to GGU, USA from securing a confirmed offer letter to transferring on-campus.

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    Key Highlights

    Dual certification - IIIT Bangalore as well as Golden Gate University, San Francisco
    Dual certification - IIIT Bangalore as well as Golden Gate University, San Francisco
    DBA Degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco
    DBA Degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco
    Golden Gate University Alumni Status
    Golden Gate University Alumni Status
    Learn from 80 Ph.D. faculty and industry leaders
    Learn from 80 Ph.D. faculty and industry leaders
    Ranked #1 for Working Professionals by Washington Monthly
    Ranked #1 for Working Professionals by Washington Monthly
    Eligibile to avail 1+2 years of OPT after Graduation
    Eligibile to avail 1+2 years of OPT after Graduation
    GRE Waiver for IIIT Bangalore learners
    GRE Waiver for IIIT Bangalore learners
    Among Top 10% Schools in the US by CollegeFactual
    Among Top 10% Schools in the US by CollegeFactual
    Internships and optional CPT Opportunities available
    Internships and optional CPT Opportunities available

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    Advanced Certificate Programme in Data Science from IIIT Bangalore
    Complete all the courses in the programme successfully to receive Advanced Certificate Programme in Data Science from IIIT Bangalore. It is India's #1 Technical University (Private) as per the survey of India Today, 2021.
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    Along the way, you will receive support from an unmatched faculty of data science instructors with decades of industry experience.

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    Pre-Programme Preparatory Content (Year 1)

    • Data Analysis in Excel
    • Analytics Problem Solving

    Course 1- Data Toolkit (Year 1)

    13 Weeks
    • Introduction to Python
    • Programming in Python
    • Python for Data Science
    • Data Visualization in Python
    • Exploratory Data Analysis
    • Credit EDA Case Study
    • Inferential Statistics
    • Hypothesis Testing
    • Data Analysis using SQL
    • Advanced SQL & Best Practices
    • SQL Assignment: RSVP Movies

    Course 2 - Machine Learning-I (Year 1)

    10 Weeks
    • Linear Regression
    • Linear Regression Assignment
    • Logistic Regression
    • Classification using Decision Trees
    • Unsupervised Learning: Clustering
    • Basics of NLP and Text Mining
    • Business Problem Solving
    • Case Study: Lead Scoring

    Course 3 - Specialisation (Option to choose from 5 tracks) (Year 1)

    6 Weeks
    • Deep Learning
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Business Analytics
    • Business Intelligence/Data Analytics
    • Data Engineering

    Curriculum - Year 2 (Golden Gate University)

    • Doctoral Writing and Research Methods (4 credits)
    • Statistical Data Analysis and Modelling* (4 credits)
    • Digital Transformation Promise: Creating Value from Business Innovation (4 credits)
    • Applying Machine Learning to Big Data in Real World (4 credits)
    • Foundations of AI/ML* (4 credits)
    • Advanced AI/ML (4 credits)
    • AI/ML Promise: Enabling Business Innovation (4 credits)
    • DISSERTATION RESEARCH (28 credits)
    • *This course will be waived upon successful completion of IIIT Bangalore’s ACP-DS program with NLP/Deep Learning Elective Track only.

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    Learn through real-life industry projects sponsored by top companies across industries
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              About the Program

              What is the DBA program?

              The Global Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Emerging Technologies is a Full-time 28 months Doctoral program designed for working professionals. This Global DBA in ET focuses on teaching rigorous foundations courses in Emerging Technologies and approaching business problems through the lens of artificial intelligence thereby enabling candidates to conduct research in specialized areas. The aim of the program is to train individuals to become VPs, Consultants, CXOs, and stand out as Business Thought Leaders in their niche fields.

              Is the DBA Program equivalent to a PhD, if so, can I call myself a Doctor?

              Yes, you can! The Doctor of Business Administration in Emerging Technologies is equivalent to a PhD degree and is also globally recognized such that our future Thought Leaders can add the title of ‘Dr.’ to their names upon successfully graduating from the program.

              What is the difference between the DBA and a PhD Program?

              The primary goal of the DBA is to advance professional practices, prepare individuals to carry out applied research, and contribute to policy at the workplace or in the broader industry context. The DBA is designed for experienced managers and offers the opportunity to take your business and management knowledge to a higher level. The Ph.D., on the other hand, offers the opportunity to undertake in-depth academic research to contribute to the advancement of knowledge. The DBA is a doctoral qualification just like the PhD; however, it is directly linked to the world of business.

              How unique is the DBA Program and what are the benefits of pursuing the DBA Program that is jointly offered by IIIT-B and Golden Gate University?

              The Doctor of Business Administration in Emerging Technologies jointly offered by IIIT-B and Golden Gate University is designed such that our students come up with solutions to real world problems in collaboration with several mentors to build products that can be patented. The rigorous coursework (in both business and data science), in-depth conversations with mentors, and numerous workshops ensure that our students’ theses are exceedingly innovative and sought after by industry experts.

              What are the Accreditations of Golden Gate University?

              Golden Gate University, a private non-profit university in San Francisco, is recognized worldwide as one of the Top Business and Law Schools with accreditations from - WASC, ABA, and America Association of Law Schools.

              Eligibility Criteria

              Who is eligible to apply to the DBA in Emerging Technologies program?

              For IIIT Bangalore

              • Applicants must have at least 16 years of education (whether a 4 year Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology Degree) or a 3 Year Bachelors Degree and a 2 Year Masters Degree.
              • Applicants must have scored 60% in Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree (wherever applicable).
              • More than 10 Allowed to Keep Terms (ATKTs) will not be considered in Bachelors Degree and Master's Degree (wherever applicable).
              • At least 5 years of work experience in a technical/engineering/analytical/data field.
              • If a learner has completed 3 years of Undergraduate, then the awarding University must be NAAC A and higher (in the year 2020/2021/2022/2023) and preferably from a Technical background i.e. BCA/B.Sc/BIT.

              For Golden Gate University

              • An aggregate score of 3.0 CGPA and above in the Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in each course.
              • TOEFL (ETS code 5969): 85 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 20, or IELTS: 6.5 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 6, or Duolingo: 110, recommended sub-score minimum of 100, or PTE: 53.

              Do I need a GRE or GMAT to apply for this program?

              You do not need to provide GRE/GMAT scores to apply to this program. However, you must complete the GGU admission process as well to receive an admission letter from the university.

              Are there any prerequisites to get into the master’s programs?

              No, individuals with diverse professional experience from different industries are eligible to apply to the DBA in Emerging Technologies program from Golden Gate University. Your admission to the program is contingent on clearing the admission criteria of IIIT Bangalore and Golden Gate University, USA.

              Program Application and Time Commitment

              What is the process to apply to Golden Gate University?

              • Students must apply to the program and submit all relevant documents to IIIT-Bangalore and Golden Gate University, USA. Students have to send an application to Golden Gate University, USA, submit a statement of purpose along with recommendation letters and official transcripts.
              • Students who are enrolled at IIIT-Bangalore must complete 8 credits worth of classes in India. During which time, we will help you apply to this dual specialization DBA in Emerging Technologies at Golden Gate University, USA.
              • While upGrad will guide you on the application process, admission to Golden Gate University's DBA is subject to the University’s discretion and cannot be guaranteed by Golden Gate University.

              What is the duration of the program?

              Once you’re enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Data Science from IIIT Bangalore, you will take 8 credits of online classes in India. Upon successful completion of the coursework in India, you will transfer to the United States of America to pursue the remaining coursework in DBA in Emerging Technologies, where you will take 48 credits over 20 months. 

              Visa and Career Services

              Will I receive career service assistance?

              Students who are enrolled in this program can avail the excellent career services options provided at the university and the onus is also on the student to find an appropriate job upon completing the degree.


              What documents do I need to submit when applying for a master’s at Golden Gate University?

              1. Passport (In case passport is not available right now then any valid Government ID canbe provided but passport will be required before the visa process can be started)

              2. Final Degree Certificate of Bachelor’s course as well as Master’s course (if applicable)

              3. Semester-wise Marksheets (Including Backlog Semesters)

              4. Final Consolidated Marksheet or Transcript

              5. Curriculum Vitae (CV). The CV should contain three references (academic/ professional)containing the following details: Name, Designation-Company, Email ID

              6. Statement of Purpose

              Course Curriculum

              What is the scope of the DBA in Emerging Technologies program with Golden Gate University, US?

              The DBA in Emerging Technologies is an engaging yet rigorous 8 months online and 20 months on-campus program designed for students to develop practical knowledge and skills, establish a professional network, and accelerate entry into data science careers. The student as part of this program will receive dual certification, an Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science from IIIT Bangalore and a Doctorate degree - DBA in Emerging Technologies from Golden Gate University US.

              What should I expect from DBA in Emerging Technologies?

              You should expect to carry out several industry-relevant projects simulated as per the actual workplace, making you a skilled data science professional at par with leading industry standards. On completion of the program, you will have the option to apply for OPT in the US as well as get support from Golden Gate University Career Services to build a career in the US.

              Which topics are going to be covered as part of the program?

              The initial program is designed for professionals with limited Data Science experience to help them build their understanding from the basics to an advanced level. The program covers tools such as Python, MySQL and Excel, as well as important Data Science concepts such as statistics and exploratory Data Science, regression, clustering, tree models, model selection and principal component analysis.

              What type of learning experience should I expect?

              The online learning experience will be a mix of interactive lectures from industry leaders as well as world-renowned faculty. Additionally, the program comprises live lectures dedicated to solving your academic queries and reinforcing learning. The on-campus learning experience will offer students the opportunity to engage directly with faculty.

              Is any certification granted at the end of the program?

              Post successful completion of the program, an Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science Certificate would be awarded from IIIT Bangalore and a DBA in Emerging Technologies shall be conferred upon by Golden Gate University, USA.

              Can I sign up only for a few specific modules if I am interested in it?

              No, the program is designed to be completed in its entirety, and cannot be taken as standalone modules.

              Research and Coursework

              Can I start my research immediately after enrolling in the program?

              No, you need to complete 1 year of coursework and pass the qualifier exam before starting your research.

              How do I choose my research topic?

              Students will attend several workshops on implementation and innovation, conducted in a problem agnostic manner. As part of the workshops, students will be asked to identify whether an industry problem is solvable by ML or not. The problems selected under these workshops will serve as the basis for the Global DBA in ET. You will receive guidance from the course mentor on how to select appropriate industry problems and receive peer-feedback on the plan and solutions you draft to address the problem.Apart from receiving guidance from the course mentor, your advisor and thesis committee will also provide feedback on the work developed at IIITB-GGU.

              How do I choose my academic advisor?

              Students will be assigned an academic advisor based on their research interest and thesis they plan to develop.

              How do I choose my committee?

              GGU’s Institute of Technology will assign a thesis committee. Students can choose an industry expert to be a part of the committee.

              What is the time commitment required to pursue this program?

              Individuals enrolled in the Global DBA in ET will be required to spend a minimum of 10 hours a week on classes and assignments. This is a rigorous doctoral program conducted offline with in-person classroom sessions during the weekends.

              What is the defence process like for the Global DBA?

              Participants must qualify a proposal defence in their 2nd year where their thesis committee will approve their research plan. Following this, participants will work on developing their research thesis and defend the final product at the end of the program


              No cost CC EMI FAQ's

              0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

              1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
              No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank, State Bank of India, CITIBANK and HSBC)

              2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?
              Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

              3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
              No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

              4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
              If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

              5. Are there any fees or down payment?
              Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

              6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
              Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

              7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
              Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

              8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
              Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
              HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
              ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

              9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
              You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

              10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
              Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

              11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
              Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

              Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
              Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
              [Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
              EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
              Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

              Refund Policy

              Is there any deferral or refund policy for this program?

              Refund Policy: (Programs with prep-session component) 


              • Students must pay applicable caution money for the enrolment to the Program. This caution amount will be adjustable against the total Program fee payable by the student.
              • You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Cohort Commencement Date, by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. Processing fee of Rs. 20,000/- will be levied. If less than Rs. 20,000/- have been paid in total, the student shall not be eligible for any refund in such case.
              • The student shall not be eligible for any refund under any circumstances if any such refund requests are raised post Cohort Commencement Date and student will continue to pay the EMI for the loan (if applicable) and such loan cannot be cancelled. This is also applicable for those students who could not complete their payment and could not be enrolled in the cohort opted for. However, the student can raise a request for Pre-Program deferral as per the policy defined below for the same.
              • In case of a refund, the student will be solely responsible for any cancellation of the loan, including but not limited to applicable loan cancellation charges levied on the total cancelled loan amount.
              • Students must pay the full fee within 7 days of payment of Caution Money or Cohort Commencement Date, whichever is earlier, otherwise, the admission letter will be rescinded.
              • Request for refund must be sent via e-mail in the prescribed Refund Request Form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of commencement of the program after being duly approved by the Academic Committee.


              Deferral Policy: (Pre- Program Commencement) 


              • If a student, due to unavoidable circumstances is unable to commence with the cohort and requests for a deferral before the cohort starts, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
              • However, the student will be required to pay 50% of the total course fee amount (inclusive of taxes) before the deferral can be approved. Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
              • A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for.
              • The student has time till the current cohort launch date to make the payment of the 50% program fee, post which the deferral request will expire. Once the deferral window expires and the student now asks for a refund, the above-mentioned applicable refund policy will apply.
              • The fee applicable to the deferred student will be as per prevailing fee for the batch student as opted to defer to (No additional deferral fee is required to be paid).


              Deferral Policy: (Post Program Commencement) 


              • If a student is facing severe issues in dedicating time to the course, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
              • A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for.
              • The student will be required to pay deferral fees of 10% of the total course amount fee + Taxes if any along with the differential program fees between the two cohorts.
              • The deferral request will be approved once the deferral fee is paid.
              • Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
              • The student has 7 days (including holidays and weekends) from the date of deferral request to make the payment of the deferral fee post which the deferral request will expire, and the student will continue as part of the current cohort.
              • If the student completes the deferral payment, the student’s login will be disabled, the student will leave the deferred cohort and the student will start learning on the new cohort from the point of the last assignment that was graded in the deferred cohort. All grades and progress till that point will be carried forward as it is to the new cohort. For clarification, the grades of the graded assignments will be carried forward, whether the student had submitted these grading during the initial stage.
              • The deferral can only be requested during the batch for which the student has enrolled is ongoing. Once the batch has been completed, deferral requests shall not be entertained. For clarification, the batch completion here shall mean the “last grace deadline” as communicated by upGrad.


              Deferral policy applicable only for International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (“IIIT Bangalore”) 


              • The first deferral request to any program offered by IIIT Bangalore (pre-program commencement or post-program commencement) shall be free for one time, with the below condition: 

                   1. The Executive Post Graduate Program learners should complete the course in a maximum duration of 3 years from the initial batch start date. 

                   2. The Advanced Certificate Program learners should complete the course in a maximum duration of 2 years from the initial batch start date.