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    About the Program

    Blended Program

    Blended Program

    Study 8 Months online with IIIT Bangalore and upGrad, 12 Months at Touro University, US

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    Student Support

    Student support is available. You can write to us via studentsupport@upgrad.com or for urgent queries use the " Talk to Us" option on the learn platform.

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    Key Highlights

    Ranked #213 in National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2022
    Ranked #213 in National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2022
    STEM Program Leading up to 36 months of OPT
    STEM Program Leading up to 36 months of OPT
    GRE waived for IIIT Bangalore learners
    GRE waived for IIIT Bangalore learners
    MSCHE Accreditation
    MSCHE Accreditation
    Alumni status from IIIT Bangalore and Touro University
    Alumni status from IIIT Bangalore and Touro University
    Dual certification - IIIT Bangalore as well as Touro University
    Dual certification - IIIT Bangalore as well as Touro University
    In-built IELTS prep to be provided by upGrad
    In-built IELTS prep to be provided by upGrad
    Career Essential Soft Skills Program
    Career Essential Soft Skills Program
    Timely Doubt Resolution
    Timely Doubt Resolution
    Online Sessions + Live Lectures
    Online Sessions + Live Lectures
    One-on-One with Industry Mentors
    One-on-One with Industry Mentors
    World Class Faculty Members & Industry Experts
    World Class Faculty Members & Industry Experts
    upGrad end to end support for applications and visa
    upGrad end to end support for applications and visa

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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)

    12 Week
    • Data Analysis in Excel
    • Analytics Problem Solving

    Data Toolkit (Year 1)

    10 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

    Machine Learning (Year 1)

    6 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)

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

    Core Courses, Touro University (Year 2)

    • Database Concepts and Design
    • Multi-Dimensional Analytics and Visualization
    • Statistics for Data Analytics*
    • Principles of Data Analytics*
    • *Courses waived off on the basis of IIIT-B's ACP Data Science

    Database Concentration Courses

    • Database Management and Administration
    • Advanced Database Management and Data Analytics
    • Data Transformation, Migration, and Integration

    database Concentration Elective Courses** (Choose any one)

    • R for Data Analytics
    • Python for Data Analytics
    • Advanced Data Visualization
    • Business intelligence Through Data Visualization
    • Principles and Applications of Data Security
    • Data Warehousing and Data Mining
    • **One elective is waived off on the basis of IIIT-B's Advanced Certificate in Data Science

    Thesis Courses (Choose any One)

    • Data Analytics Internship
    • Advanced Research in Data Analytics

    Business Concentration

    • Business Required Courses
    • Business Elective Courses** (Choose any three)

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              Program Fees (On-Campus) at Touro University - USD 21,695 (indicative tuition fee)

              Indicative Living Cost per annum in US is USD 18,456

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              Frequently Asked Questions

              Course Curriculum

              What is the MS in Data Analytics with Touro University?

              The MS in Data Analytics is an engaging yet rigorous 8 months online and 12 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 MS in Data Analytics degree from Touro University, US. 

              What should I expect from the MS in Data Analytics?

              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. Upon completion of the program, you will have the option to apply for upto 36 months of OPT in the US as well as get support from Touro University Career Services to build a career in the US.

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

              The program covers tools such as Logistic Regression, Python Programming, Analytics Problem Solving, Programming in Python, Hypothesis Testing, Data Analysis using SQL, Unsupervised learning: Clustering, Business Intelligence and many more.

              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 be an in-class experience face-to-face with the faculty.

              Is any certification granted at the end of the Program?

              Post successful completion of the program, a Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science would be awarded from IIIT Bangalore and a  Masters degree in Data Analytics shall be conferred upon by Touro University,  US.

              Will I be supported for IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or other English language exams during this program?

              Yes, upGrad will help you prepare for the English proficiency test to establish your current English proficiency to be eligible for the Master's program in the US.

              University Partners

              Where is the Touro University Located?

              Located in the heart of New York City, Touro University benefits from its location in one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world. The university's building is charged with a distinct air of professionalism and includes all of the amenities for a comfortable and conducive learning environment: high-speed wireless internet, multimedia classrooms, a fully-equipped computer lab, Bloomberg terminals, student lounges, and a staffed Career Resource Center.

              Is Touro University Accredited?

              Touro University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

              When will I go to Touro University, US?

              Touro University will have 2 intakes for students coming through this route. The first intake of the year will be the January (Spring) intake and the second intake of the year will be the September (Fall) intake. Though the application process for the Touro University will start during the IIIT Bangalore online program, you will be able to go to the Touro University in the nearest intake which is at least 3 months away from completion of your IIIT Bangalore program.

              When will I get an Offer Letter from Touro University?

              upGrad will apply for you at Touro University once all the documents are provided by you (as given in the offer letter issued to you by upGrad). Apart from the documents mentioned in the offer letter from Touro University, you will have to give proof of English proficiency for application of admission to Touro University. upGrad will support you to get your English proficiency scores within 3 months of the start of the batch to accelerate this process.

              What is the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility?

              An I-20 is issued by a Designated School Official (DSO) from the International Student Office at Touro University after you have been admitted to Touro University and you have demonstrated that you or your sponsor have sufficient financial resources for you to be an eligible student in the US at Touro University.

              What is it like to study in New York City?

              New York City has hundreds of diverse neighborhoods to explore for food and art lovers, thousands of companies and organizations for networking and enrichment, and unlimited options for entertainment. NYC is so big and diverse that students can choose to seek out a specific culture or can choose to spend a day avoiding your home culture (even the Americans can do this). 

              Selection Criteria

              What is the application process for the program and what are the timelines?

              You can start the application process by submitting the documents. Applications have already started for the next cohort. 

              What is the selection process for this program?

              upGrad, IIIT Bangalore, Touro University, US, world-renowned faculty, and many industry leaders have committed a lot of time to conceptualizing and creating this program to make sure that the learners can receive the best possible learning experience in Data Science. Hence, we want to make sure that the participants of this program also show a very high level of commitment and passion for Data Analytics. For entry into Touro University, US, students have to successfully complete the IIIT Bangalore program with a minimum of 3 CGPA or above on the band of 4.

              Is there any minimum educational qualification required to take this program?

              To be eligible for the program, the following criteria need to be fulfilled: 

              For IIIT Bangalore: 

              • IIIT Bangalore - Applicants must have scored 60% and above marks in bachelor’s degree. Maximum backlogs (ATKTs) accepted will be 10.

              For Touro 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 >= 78 or IELTS >= 6.0 or Duolingo >= 105 or PTE >= 58.

              Time Commitment

              What is the time commitment expected for the Program?

              Upto 12-15 Hours/Week of time commitment is expected to be able to graduate from the program

              How will my doubts/questions be addressed in an Online Program?

              Our dedicated Student Support Team is available to resolve your non-academic queries.

              Email us at studentsupport@upgrad.com to receive a response within 24 hours. For any urgent queries, please use the Call-Back option on the learning platform and get a response within 2 working hours.

              Additionally, an upGrad buddy will enhance the learners’ experience by engaging with them to ensure they are on track with upcoming deadlines, and submissions, offer guidance and resolve their non-academic queries.

              Visa

              Will upGrad help me in writing Academic and Visa SOP?

              Yes, upGrad will help with your Academic and Visa SOP and will also organize training on how to write an effective SOP.

              How much are living expenses for a year in the US?

              Living expenses in the US for international students are USD 18,456 per annum.

              Can I do a part-time job while studying in the US?

              By virtue of your F-1 Visa, you are eligible to work part-time on-campus from Day 1 of your on-shore course commencement. You may be eligible to work off-campus subject to an additional annotation on your F-1 visa. You must meet other requirements, as advised by your insitution or the US federal regulations.

              Payment

              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: 

              1. Students must pay an applicable Caution Amount for the enrollment to the Program. This Caution Amount will be adjustable against the total Program fee payable by the student.
              2. Once the student has made a partial or full payment of Program fee, such student can claim a refund for this amount at any time before the cohort commencement date by raising a refund request through ‘My applications’ page on our website (www.upgrad.com), stating the specific reason for the refund. The refund shall be subject to a deduction of INR. 20,000/- towards processing fee. If less than INR. 20,000/- have been paid in total, students shall not be eligible for any refund in such a case.
              3. Students shall not be eligible for a refund (under any circumstances) if the refund request is raised post-program/Batch Start Date. In such a case, the student will continue to pay the EMI of his loan (if applicable), as the loan cannot be canceled. This is also applicable to students who could not complete their payment and could not get enrolled in their opted cohort. However, the student can request a Pre-Program deferral as per the policy defined below for the same.
              4. Student shall not be eligible for refund of any amount paid towards the Program in case any discrepancy is identified between your application and self-attested documents including but not limited to wrong details about your grades or any other incorrect information provided in your application.
              5. In case of a valid refund request post obtaining the loan from a third party credit facility provider, we would like to clarify that the responsibility of canceling the loan will lie with the student as upGrad is not privy to such arrangements between the student and the third party credit facility provider.
              6. If students do not provide documents as per the timeline mentioned in the offer letter, they will be deferred to the next batch but they will not be eligible for any refunds.
              7. You shall not be eligible for refund of any amount paid towards the Program in case any discrepancy is identified between your application and self-attested documents including but not limiting to wrong details about your grades or any other incorrect information provided in your application.

               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, if a student is deferring from his assigned cohort batch mentioned in the offer letter, the student will not be eligible for any refund post the deferral.
              • 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.

              • The Executive Post Graduate Program learners should complete the course in a maximum duration of 3 years from the initial batch start date.
              • The Advanced Certificate Program learners should complete the course in a maximum duration of 2 years from the initial batch start date.
              • The Professional Advanced Certificate Program learners should complete the course in a maximum duration of 2 years from the initial batch start date.