Virginia Tech Is Ranked No. 2 In Information Technology & No. 7 In Part-Time MBA Programs. We help make you one of the most desirable candidates in the market today.

Starts : 12th October 2019
19th October 2019

Location : Chennai, Bangalore, India
Fees : INR. 2,00,000*
*Inclusive of GST




Tarun K. Sen

Managing Director Post Graduate Program in Business Analytics

Professor Emeritus of Accounting and Information Systems

Roop L. Mahajan

Bell Labs Fellow, ASME Fellow

Lewis E. Hester Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Global Ambassador, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science

We are delighted to introduce you to the Certificate Programs in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is a globally reputed comprehensive university with leading colleges in engineering, business, medicine, liberal arts, and the sciences. According to Forbes, by the year 2020, we will be creating 1.7 megabytes of data every second per person, giving us 44 trillion gigabytes of data. From ordering food to entertainment to autonomous vehicles, each of us will be engulfed by more data than we are neurologically equipped to handle. The scale and ubiquity of data is already forcing corporations to find ingenious ways to analyse, track, and leverage data for strategy and operations. As data volumes continue to explode, businesses need to continually upgrade the education and skill level of their employees to fully utilize the power of data for a competitive edge in the market. Our certificate programs in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence are designed to fulfil this need.

This program offers an innovative approach for learners who are interested not only in how to analyse the universe of data but also in the technologies, architecture, security, and multifaceted analytical approaches that are vital to create sustainable solutions. Through classroom and clinical instruction, you will learn the contemporary technologies that make machine learning, optimization, and statistical models relevant, accurate, and secure. From cloud computing and agile techniques to business intelligence and quantitative methods, you will explore the ecosystem of topics and learn the sophisticated technologies that will distinguish you from your peers in the world of business analytics. A unique part of this program is understanding the different facets of innovation from Jugaad — nimble and frugal– to high-impact, disruptive innovation. You will learn to build the capacity to adapt and respond expeditiously to Black Swans–high-impact, hard to predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance and technology. Our globally renowned faculty in information technology, computer science, engineering, and business are ready to take you on this exciting journey along with select executives from industry with first-hand experience in deploying large-scale solutions in business analytics.
We welcome you to explore our program and join our next cohort.

Best Wishes

Over the last few years, we have seen an emerging trend in the data management and analytics area enveloping every sphere of business. Analytics and business intelligence will rapidly change the business landscape over the next five years. As the role of information technology in industry shifts from that of an enabler to a strategic partner, there is a great demand for specialists in this area.

While there are a few course offerings in the Indian academic landscape, this unique Certificate programs being offered by Virginia Tech, a leading U.S. university that is ranked in the top 10% among 3,500 of the world’s best universities, will ensure that every participant is trained to become a holistic business analytics specialist. Welcome to an exciting opportunity that will help you become an exceptionally talented analytics expert armed with the skills to face the contemporary challenges of industry today.

M K Padmanabhan


Virginia Tech India Center

Virginia Tech is a global research university with nine colleges, 1,400 faculty, and over 31,000 students. As a comprehensive university, we have adopted a bold challenge to develop transdisciplinary teams in different destination areas to address the world’s most pressing problems through research, education, and engagement. One of the five destination areas is data analytics and decision sciences, a critical worldwide focus of interest with the growing proliferation of data through the Internet.

In line with this destination area, I would like to welcome you to join our Certificate Programs in Data Science, designed to build global leaders in business analytics. This program meets the demand for business analytics experts in a wide range of fields. The business analytics programs, leading to a certificate awarded by Virginia Tech, enables us to enrich the research, education, and engagement presence at the Virginia Tech Center for Research and Education.

India is a global leader in information technology and is a fitting destination for business analytics for Virginia Tech. We hope to attract India’s best students and faculty to our centers to enhance joint research and education collaborations that will benefit both India and Virginia Tech in the United States. We further hope that some of our students enrolled in the program come to Virginia Tech in the United States to pursue their research and education interests and skill development.
I welcome you to join our global initiative in business data analytics and learn from some of our best faculty at Virginia Tech.

With best wishes.

Guru Ghosh

Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

I welcome you to Virginia Tech’s Programs in Business Analytics, being offered for the first time in India. While I was at SP Jain Institute of Management and Research in 2003, I had the distinct honour of leading the joint master’s program in Information Technology with Virginia Tech. The pioneering program was a landmark step in providing global education to students in India and was widely accepted and appreciated by the leading corporate organizations in India and abroad. This is testified by the superlative performance and speedy career growth of all students who graduated in that program.

Virginia Tech is again spearheading, through its global professional programs, a ground-breaking program in business analytics. This program stands out among many offerings in business analytics in India owing to its focus on deploying effective analytics solutions at the enterprise level. With its strong focus on cloud computing, artificial intelligence, cyber security and predictive analytics, you are certain to succeed in the market place armed with this knowledge. I wholeheartedly endorse this program and I am proud to be associated with Virginia Tech once more.

Sunil Rai

Vice Chancellor

MIT ADT University, Pune

Why Choose


We are among the top few research universities in the world, especially in disciplines related to technology and engineering. The Virginia Tech brand is a lifelong association that will remain with you wherever your professional career may lead you to.
A blend of on-campus and online instruction from US faculty. Students are supplemented by online classes which will be held on scheduled weekends. Additionally, there will be recorded lectures on our learning management system which participants can access during convenient timings.
Our certificate programs are designed to continually upgrade the education and skill level of participants to fully utilize the power of data for a competitive edge in the market. The program helps candidates prepare for careers in data science.
Virginia Tech is ranked No.2 in Information Technology and No.7 in part-time MBA Programs. After successful completion of our program, students will obtain a Virginia Tech certificate.


According to a LinkedIn article, India has at least 1.2 million business analysts and by 2020 India is pegged to have the highest number of business analysts.
According to Forbes (2015): There was a 123.60% jump in demand for Information Technology Project Managers with big data expertise and an 89.8% increase for Computer Systems Analysts.
Data is growing faster than ever before and by the year 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet
The average salary of the senior business analyst is INR 859,025 per year according to PayScale. According to Glassdoor, the average salary of Ba is INR 644,857 per year.



Our globally renowned faculty in information technology, computer science, engineering, and business are ready to take you on this exciting journey along with select executives from industry with the first-hand experience in deploying large-scale solutions in data science and business analytics.


Program Details

The Virginia Tech certificate program in data science is a 12-week program, organized as 3 sequential units of approximately 4 weeks each. In each unit, you will take classes both in person and online. Classes are modular, and faculty led. Other experts from industry and academia assist the lead faculty member. On completion of requirements, you will obtain a Virginia Tech Certificate in Data Science.

  • Machine Learning with R & Python
  • Big Data Technologies
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Applications in Business
  • Computer Vision
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Neural Networks
  • Deep Learning
  • Decision Trees and Cluster Analysis

Industry  Advisors

The role of the industry advisors is to provide continued guidance to maintain the program's value to industry. Members consist of business leaders, technology experts, and entrepreneurs. The advisors meet periodically to review the curriculum and program focus and provide strategic direction to the program.

Who Should Apply

This is a Certificate program. If you have an undergraduate degree plus a strong interest in pursuing a career in data analytics, this program is designed for you. We encourage applicants from all corners of industry, including IT, finance, banking, insurance, consumer products, manufacturing, or marketing. Preferred applicants will have a minimum of two years’ professional experience including some exposure to information technology.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, CS, IT, IS, Business, or Commerce
  • Certified transcripts from your undergraduate program
  • Completed application form
  • Not mandatory but good to have programming experience
  • Submit completed application form to:

Contact us

For admissions-related queries, please contact:
Service Road,Adayalampattu,
Maduravoyal, Chennai,
Tamil Nadu, India – 600095


You can complete each unit via classroom lectures and online instruction. Your on-campus requirement is three days every month, scheduled over a weekend to cause minimum disruption from your work. Online classes supplement the campus component. In addition, our learning management system offers recorded lectures. Contact hours will be XXX over a 3-month period. The faculty, familiar with this mode of instruction, have delivered similar programs like these for more than a decade.

Yes. Students graduating from the program will receive a certificate of completion from Virginia Tech.

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Students will be provided with study materials relevant to the topic and reference books will be suggested by faculty/training head.

We accept corporate sponsorships and can assist you with the process.

All interested candidates are requested to apply by sending an email of the following documents to

  • Completed application form
  • Graduate degree certificate
  • Work experience letter
  • Consolidated mark sheet

Yes. Your on-campus requirement is three days every month (3 days for 3 months on a face to face) interaction. It will be scheduled over a weekend to cause minimum disruption from your work, at our satellite campus. **Accommodation details will be informed once the application is finalized. Students are free to choose from the list (**this is separate from the fees).


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Managing Director, Professor Emeritus of Accounting and Information Systems, Virginia Tech

Tarun Sen is the professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1985, Sen has published in leading journals, including Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Decision Support Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. He served on the editorial review board of the Journal of Information Systems and participated in several National Science Foundation review panels.

Sen served as associate dean of graduate and international programs and director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. He launched the university’s first Executive MBA program in the National Capital Region and the joint Master in Information Technology program between Virginia Tech and S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai, India. Sen served on numerous dissertation committees and taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels — most recently teaching in the Master of Information Technology program in the National Capital Region.

Director, International Finance and Administration, CIRED, Virginia Tech

Gene Ball is the Director of International Finance & Administration at Virginia Tech, Center for International Research, Education and Development. He assists the Associate Vice President for International Affairs in implementing and overseeing a broad range of complex international programs. This includes providing analytical decision support through business analysis, forecasts and reports; providing leadership and oversight for the finance and human resources team; leading collaborative business model development for international programs and regional international centers; and partnering with the business team in International Affairs and the university to leverage innovative solutions into continuously improving international practices.

KPMG Professor of Accounting and Information Systems, Virginia Tech

Reza Barkhi, professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been named the KPMG Professor in Accounting by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The KPMG Professorship in Accounting was established in 2004 to support the Pamplin College of Business in its efforts to attract and retain eminent scholars in the field of accounting. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1997, Barkhi does research focusing on decision support and organizational integration systems, information technology audit and control, social network analytics, the economics of information systems, and cybersecurity.

He currently serves as a senior editor of the journal Decision Support Systems and as an associate editor of Information Technology Management. He also serves on other journal editorial boards and is active in professional organizations. He served as president of the board of trustees for the Virginia Accounting and Auditing Conference. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.Barkhi completed a five-year term as department head, stepping down in June 2016 to return to full-time teaching and research.

He has taught courses in the areas of management information systems, database management, decision theory, information systems audit and control, systems analysis and design, operations management, and executive decision making at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also served, including as chair, on more than 20 doctoral dissertation committees in his own department and in other Virginia Tech departments, including computer science, industrial and systems engineering, and marketing.Barkhi held the PricewaterhouseCoopers Junior Faculty Fellow of Accounting and Information Systems from 2010 to 2015.

Lewis E. Hester Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Dr. Roop L. Mahajan is the Lewis E. Hester Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Global Ambassador for Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS). He has more than 40 years of experience working as an interdisciplinary scientist within both the private and educational sectors. It includes fifteen years (1976-1991) at AT&T Bell Laboratories, fifteen years at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1991-2006) as Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and over ten years at Virginia Tech where he served as the first permanent Executive Director of ICTAS from 2006-2016. His academic and industrial career has consistently been marked by distinction and superior performance. Mahajan is an internationally known prolific researcher with over 200 archival journal publications, several book chapters, review articles and an authoritative textbook to his credit. His research interests are Thermal Sciences, Sustainable Energy, 2-D Materials & Nanotechnology, Technology Management & Innovation, and Humanistic Engineering. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bell Labs Fellow Award (1989), Boulder Faculty Assembly Award (1999), ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award (2002), Subaru Educator of the Year Award (2002), Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (2003), the Ralph Coats Roe Medal (2007), and 75th ASME Heat Transfer Division Medal (2013). He is an ASME Fellow (1991), and Fellow, Punjab Academy of Sciences (2008). Mahajan received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, and BSME & MSME from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India.

Chief Data Analytics Officer, Boeing (Ret.)

Dewey Houck has been Chief Data Analytics Officer of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, Inc. since June 1, 2015. Mr. Houck has been Vice President and General Manager of Information Solutions organization at The Boeing Company since November 2011. He was Vice President and General Manager of Electronic & Information Solutions within Network & Space Systems. Mr. Houck served as Vice President of the Intelligence Systems Group within Information Solutions. Mr. Houck was responsible for the horizontal integration of the Intelligence Community through deployment of information sharing technologies and the development of information management components for more effective intelligence planning and analysis. He has been named the first chief data analytics officer for Chadwick’s unit.

Chief Data Scientist, Haliburton

Dr.Satyam Priyadarshy is Chief Data Scientist at Halliburton (NYSE: HAL). He is also Senior Fellow of International Cyber Security Center at George Mason University. He is a veteran of Big Data and Data Science. He is a global leader often referred as Venture Idealist, who transforms businesses by leveraging Big Data, Data Science, and Emerging Technologies. He has provided executive consulting to Global companies. Some of his recent associations include established company like BellSystem24 in Tokyo, mPortal (Virginia) and Internet Startups like Enformed (San Francisco), Foodem, Sustainable Star, and Innoengineer (in the DC Metro area), etc. He was the VP of Data Science, at Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM), in their Industry Principals Group Division within the Global Consulting. His clients included Fortune 100 companies in various verticals in US and Australia.

CEO, The Math Company

Sayandeb Banerjee is a Co-founder & CEO of The Math Company has 20+ years of experience in the field of Analytics. He is an alumnus of Indian Statistical Institute and at The Math Lab and helps enterprises build and upgrade their in-house Analytics centers. He has spearheaded multiple analytics transformations for organisations over the past 18 years. He was the first employee of the largest pure play analytics firm and was responsible to build a team of 5000 employees. He plays key various role in designing training and pedagogy. He was also a founding member of GE’s Capital Analytics Centre.

Ex VP Bristol Myers Squibb, Avon, Citigroup

Suresh Divakar, Partner, Brand and Marketing ROI, Kantar. Senior results-oriented Analytics executive with unique strengths in driving organizations to make resource allocation decisions that enhance the top and bottom line utilizing Marketing/Sales productivity tools and insights, Big Data Analytics and Consumer Research. Extensive experience in operating in highly competitive sectors such as CPG, Financial Services and Pharma for blue chip companies like Kraft, PepsiCo, Citibank, Avon and Bristol-Myers. Proven ability to build large teams, mentor talent and integrate and embed complex analytics into business processes to increase ROI. Excellent strategic and C-level presentation skills. Significant academic teaching and consulting experience.

Assistant Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech

Ali Habibnia, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the Computational Modeling and Data Analytics, College of Science, Virginia Tech. My research focuses on the intersection of statistical machine learning and big data econometrics, with a particular interest in the high-dimensional nonlinear time-series analysis and their applications in macroeconomic/financial forecasting and estimation of big financial networks. I received my Ph.D. (2017) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Statistics.

I also work occasionally as a consultant for financial firms and governmental organizations for all business related to pattern recognition and knowledge discovery, especially computer modeling and forecasting. I have been in the industry for a few years working as a trader and portfolio strategist, and I developed different algorithmic trading strategies.

Ex. L&T Infotech, Tata Infotech, CMC

Sivasubramanian (Siva), is an IT professional with an industry experience of over 30 years in technology consulting and software services delivery. Siva’s experience in the information technology spectrum ranges from punch card readers,Unisys and IBM mainframe systems through client-server, web technologies, cloud computing, and big data to Internet of Things (IOT). He holds a track record of creating impactful technology architectures and frameworks with widespread applications.Since his first international assignment that commenced in the US in 1990, Siva has travelled extensively and served in different parts of the world such as UK, Japan, France, Thailand and the Middle East.

From 2016 onwards, Siva has been engaged in providing strategic consulting in niche
technologies like big data analytics & machine learning and program management (IT) for domestic and international clients. Currently, as a visiting faculty, he devotes part of his time to bridge the impending gap between industry and academia by providing training & coaching for students at leading business schools and other institutions. Between 1997-2015, Siva played different roles such as the Engagement Manager for Middle East, Program Manager for global clients and as the Chennai Unit Head for the Energy and Petrochemicals BU of Larsen and Toubro Infotech Limited, part of a multi-billion-dollar global conglomerate in India. During this period, he was adept at managing domestic and international clients (American, European, Canadian, Australian, Japanese and Middle East) and efficiently leading multi-ethnic project teams. He also served as a visiting faculty in the organization’s Academy for Project Management Excellence (APEX).

Prior to this, he worked as a software programmer and senior lead analyst serving the finance and telecom segments for companies like Tata Infotech, Data Software Research Company (DSRC) and CMC, in India and US.Siva’s industry experience includes but is not limited to leading multidisciplinary (Infrastructure,Cloud, ERP), globally distributed teams to deliver integrated services to clients, leveraging outsourcing opportunities to achieve synergies through partnerships and alliances. He has also worked on projects for Government agencies (Central Excise, DoT), UNDP funded projects and public sectors. Siva has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Post Graduate Diplomas in Management and in Financial Management. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute (PMI), Pittsburg, USA.