Post Master’s Degree in Big Data

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.


  • 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.


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.


Application rounds 

Round 1:

  • Application deadline: January 7, 2021
  • Jury: January 28, 2021

Round 2:

  • Application deadline: March 4, 2021
  • Jury: March 25, 2021
  • Intermediary jury: May 27, 2021

Round 3:

  • Application deadline: June 3, 2021
  • Jury: June 24, 2021

Round 4:

  • Jury: August 26, 2021

Admission decisions are made by a panel.

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 a 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

The Personal Training Account – CPF
The personal training account (CPF) allows employees (except public agents) and job seekers to accumulate 500 euros per year with a maximum ceiling of 5 000€.

You can only mobilize your CPF with the CPF mobile application that you need to download.

At the moment, here are our eligible training courses registered with the RNCP :

  • Specialized Master ® Enterprise Digital Architect
  • Specialized Master ® Information Systems Manager
  • Specialized Master ® Network and Cybersecurity Architect
  • Specialized Master ® Digital Project Designer specialized in UX Design

The EDOF mobile application allows you to use your CPF rights to finance part of the cost of the training, once you have been accepted.

For all information concerning financing, we invite you to consult the CEP (Conseil en Évolution Professionnelle) advisors in the first instance.

The Professionalization Contract
(only for part-time Specialized Masters® registered with the RNCP)

For students under 26 years of age and people registered with Pôle Emploi without age limit: the professionalization contract is a work-study contract between a private sector employer and an employee who meets certain criteria.

We have a professionalization contract kit available for companies that are considering recruiting you.

The CPF for professional transition
With the CPF for professional transition, the employee can ask for a training action to change job or profession within the framework of a professional transition project (PTP). He or she can benefit from specific leave if the training is carried out, in whole or in part, during working hours.

For more information, contact the Transitions Pro office in your area; for the Ile-de-France region:

Bank loans

In partnership with Télécom Paris, 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: Marlene KAH–

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.


Interested in the program?