Grad. Certificate in Advanced Databases & Knowledge Discovery


The purpose of the certificate is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to reach a demonstrated level of competence in the area of databases and knowledge discovery. Course-work towards the certificate in ADKD can be used for credit towards the M.S. degree in Computer Science. However, its primary purpose is to provide a well-defined target for students who want to advance their knowledge of modern databases and knowledge discovery techniques but do not necessarily wish to complete all requirements for the M.S. degree in Computer Science. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate degree programs at UNC Charlotte.

The certificate in ADKD provides the opportunity for in-depth study in the following areas:

  • Knowledge Discovery
  • Data Warehousing
  • Advanced Databases and
  • Knowledge Based Systems

Admission Requirements

The certificate in ADKD is open to all students who hold a B.S. degree in any scientific, engineering or business discipline and either

  • are enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte or
  • have GPA above 2.8 overall and 3.0 Jr/Sr.

In addition, the program requires a current working knowledge of two higher-level languages, including at least one procedural language; and a familiarity with computer applications. The following minimal background in mathematics is also required: two semesters of calculus and one semester of discrete structures. Individuals who have worked at a high professional level in the computer industry may be able to substitute work experience for specific subject area admission requirements.

Applicants are required to submit a brief (one- to two-page) statement of educational and work experience in the computing field. Application for the ADKD certificate program is made through the Graduate Admissions Office of the University.

Completion Requirements

The certificate will be awarded upon completion of five graduate level courses (15 credits) in the area of knowledge discovery and databases. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 will be required and at most one course with a grade of C may be allowed towards the certificate.

To obtain the certificate a student needs to Take the following compulsory courses:

  • ITCS 6114 Algorithms and Data Structures or ITCS 6150 Intelligent Systems
  • ITCS 6160 Database Systems or ITIS 6120 Applied Databases
  • ITCS 6162 Knowledge Discovery in Databases

Take two courses from:

  • ITCS 6155     Knowledge-Based Systems
  • ITCS 6156     Machine Learning
  • ITCS 6157     Visual Databases
  • ITCS 6161     Advanced Topics in Database Systems
  • ITCS 6163     Data Warehousing
  • ITCS 6190     Cloud Computing for Data Analysis
  • ITCS 6265     Advanced Topics in Knowledge Discovery in Databases
  • ITCS 6880     Individual Study (Approval Required)
  • IT IS 5510      Web Mining
  • IT IS 6220      Data Privacy
  • MBAD 6201   Data and Knowledge Management in Business 
  • MBAD 6202   Business Information Systems Development

Applicants may obtain more information by contacting Department of Computer Science, College of Computing and Informatics, Woodward Hall 403F, 704‑687‑8552

Questions?:  Feel free to contact us with your questions!

Dr. Angelina Tzacheva (Graduate ADKD Director)
Phone: 704-687-7022

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