Why Choose a Data Mining Certificate?
Data mining is a growing field that uses data to gather intelligence in business, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, insurance, homeland security, criminal justice, education, government, health care and manufacturing. Data mining turns raw data into information. This information creates knowledge used by leaders and managers to establish and achieve organizational goals and sustain a competitive advantage. For example, it assists businesses in spotting customer trends, creating customer loyalty, enhancing supplier relationships, reducing financial risk and uncovering new sales opportunities.
Organizations today face tough competitive challenges. Some challenges can be met with the competitive advantage of better knowledge. Your future employer may assign you to help create that knowledge by using sound research methods to discover knowledge hidden within vast databases. For example, you may be asked to help a team discover customer buying patterns that signal new niche markets. Or you may help discover a pattern of credit card use that points to fraud. Or you may help discover patterns of cell growth helpful in diagnosing cancer. Or you may assist a team searching for patterns of terrorist activities. Or you may help discover changing patterns of habitat growth impacting endangered species. Do you see yourself in a team working with research tools to explore vast amounts of data and information to uncover important patterns? If so, a data mining certificate will prepare you to work in a team setting to help fulfill information needs of your employer through application of data mining methods.
New Students: 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school and two of the following three criteria: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or English SAT score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or Math SAT score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or Verbal SAT score of 430 or higher. ACT score requirements shall not apply to international students and non-traditional students aged 23 or older.
Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended, and the following criteria: (1) transfer equivalency for ENGL 150 or placement in ENGL 150 the first semester at FSU which would require an English ACT score of 16 or higher; (2) transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement in MATH 115 the first semester at FSU which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher. ACT score requirements shall not apply to international students and non-traditional students aged 23 or older.
No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in another FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in that program.
Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
Non-Degree Seeking Professionals: Non-degree students may complete 9 FSU credits but will need to meet the criteria listed above in order to complete the last certificate course. COB certificates are a total of 12 credits.
You will receive the Data Mining Certificate after completion of the requirements with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
No more than 50% of the credits in this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor will the certificate be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are specifically required in the student's major.
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