Post-Graduate Master's in Big Data

How to apply

Application deadline 24 May 2019 (3rd)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have either:

  • an engineering degree in computer science or telecommunications
  • a Master of Science in computer science or applied mathematics
  • a degree from a foreign university equivalent to five years of higher education, MSc or MBA, in computer science or applied mathematics. Applicants are required to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to a score of 700 on the TOEIC, a score of 550 on the TOEFL (paper), or an equivalent exam.

Tuition and fees:

  • Application fee: €150
  • €18,500 for professionals, students and job-seekers

The “The Basics of Big Data” MOOC must be successfully completed. Please include the results with your application (screenshot of the validation chart or attestation of successful completion). Results may be sent at a later date, after the complete application has been submitted.
The admissions process includes a number of steps and is divided into two phases: eligibility (prior to the panel) and admission (after the panel).

Applicants must sufficiently master and be comfortable using the concepts listed below.  Familiarity with these concepts is not enough – you must be able to use them easily.

Mathematics

  • Analysis: numerical sequences/series, principles of differential calculus, Fourier analysis, and Hilbert analysis
  • Algebra: vector spaces, linear applications, matrix calculus, scalar products, quadratic forms
  • Optimization: Lagrange multipliers, gradient descent
  • Statistics: random experiment, estimator, risk, likelihood maximum,  method of least squares, confidence intervals, statistical testing
  • Probability: laws of probability, random vectors, conditional distribution/expectation, law of large numbers, central limit theorem, Markov chains

Computer science

Java programming

  • Basic concepts: how to define a variable, control structures: for, for each, while loops
  • Classes and objects: how to define a class, attributes, methods; notions of public, private, protected; difference between a static or normal (non-static) variable or method; inheritance: how to extend a class; interfaces: how to define an interface and implement a class; polymorphism: how to overload a method, understand how overloaded methods work
  • Basics of Java standard library: collections (ArrayList, HashMap, HashSet, etc.); how to insert an item in a list, delete an item at the beginning, end or middle; when to use collections (for example, ArrayList vs. LinkedList).
  • How to take a mathematical or textual description from an algorithm and implement it.

Python programming

  • Master concepts equivalent to the Java concepts listed above (except for public, private, protected interfaces).
  • Unix/Linux
  • Master basic commands.

Tuition and fees:

  • Application fee: €150
  • €18,500 for professionals, students and job-seekers

Please note: Since the “freedom to choose one’s professional future” law is being enacted, all the programs presented below may not yet be in effect.

Regardless of how you plan to finance your studies, you must first request a quote from the person in charge of business and administrative services for your Post-Master’s degree program.

Eligibility

Step 1: Apply

Applications must be submitted online. Applicants must upload all application materials in digital format via the application website.

Step 2: Personal interview

Selected applicants are asked to participate in a phone interview with the head of the Post-Master’s degree program or his/her representative. The purpose of this interview is to get to know the applicant, understand his/her career goals and motivation, and ensure that they align with the Post-Master’s program.  Applicants who successfully complete the interview stage are thus eligible for admission and their applications are presented to a panel.

Admissions

4 application rounds per year

Round 1:

  • Application deadline: 30 January 2019
  • Admissions notification: 26 February 2019

Round 2:

  • Application deadline: 10 March 2019
  • Admissions notification: 24 April 2019

Round 3:

  • Application deadline: 24 May 2019
  • Admissions notification: 02 July 2019

Round 4:

  • Application deadline: 23 August 2019
  • Admissions notification: 02 September 2019

Applications may be submitted starting on: 15 November 2018 The next session will begin in September/October 2019.

Admission decisions are made by a panel.

Four panels are organized throughout the year to study the applications.

Applicants receive personal notification of the panel’s decision by email. Admitted applicants have a priority registration period of 10 days to guarantee them a place in the program.

Apply during the first round! Places are limited, so make sure your application is considered.
International students? Apply during the first or second rounds so that you have enough time to obtain a visa.
If you would like to request training through the Fongecif (funding organization), apply no later than the second round.

Financing your studies

Please note that the law for the “freedom to choose one’s professional future” is being enacted, so all the programs presented below may not yet be in effect.

Regardless of how you plan to finance your studies, you must first request a quote from the person in charge of administration and business services for your Post-Graduate Master’s program.

Personal training account – CPF

Program pending the full implementation of all the provisions of the law.
You can use your personal training account to pay for training by combining it with entitlement you have already accumulated: DIF (Individual Training Entitlement) and CPF. As of 1 January 2019, this entitlement is expressed in euros instead of in hours of training, according to this chart:

Tableau CPF DIF

Since all the eligibility conditions for training programs have not yet been established, please contact program assistants for more information.

CIF to become the transitional CPF

Starting in 2020, the Individual Training Leave (CIF) will be replaced by the transitional personal training account (CPF de transition).

Since all the eligibility conditions have not yet been established, we suggest that you contact your branch of the Fongecif, which runs the program. For the Île-de-France region: https://www.fongecif-idf.fr/

Bank loans

In partnership with Télécom ParisTech, BNP Paribas offers low-interest loans to students in Post-Master’s degree programs. Students from Morocco and Tunisia may also benefit from offers from partner banks: BMCI and UBCI. Contact: Leila Ougouti – ougouti@bnpparibas.com.

Individuals registered with Pôle Emploi (French Employment Agency)

Individuals who have registered with Pôle Emploi may also be granted an authorization to request training, which allows them to continue to receive unemployment benefits throughout the course of their training. This request must be submitted to your Pôle Emploi counsellor at least 15 days before the beginning of the training program. The person in charge of business and administrative services for the Post-Master’s degree program can upload our quote to the Pôle-Emploi website.

 

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