Program Curriculum

Data Science & Data Analytics for Business Track
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter
  • Application and Career Planning Course
  • Scientific Writing
  • A choice of Intro to Python Programming OR Practical Math & Statistics for Data Science
  • Analytical Writing and Verbal Reasoning
  • Academic English Reading & Writing
  • Accelerated Certificate Program Data Analytics for Business Courses
  • Professional Communication Course

     

  • A choice of Accelerated Certificate Program Data Science courses OR UCI major courses
Please note:

  1. Students may be able to choose Internship Experience in their 3rd quarter if they have successfully completed the 2nd quarter.
  2. Summer intakes will take Accelerated Certificate Program Data Science courses in the 2nd quarter and be given the option of taking Accelerated Certificate Program Data Analytics for Business courses in the 3rd or final quarter.
  3. Demonstration of good academic standing status and a minimum of TOEFL 80 or equivalent are required for students to take any UCI course.
  4. Courses are scheduled based on availability. Course equivalent substitutions will be recommended when courses become unavailable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend this program if my home university does not have a partnership with UCI DCE?Expand

This track is exclusively for students of our university partners that have an agreement with UCI Division of Continuing Education. Any independent student who is interested in this track can contact STAR@ce.uci.edu to inquire about their eligibilty.

What are the Graduate STAR 3+1+1 entry requirements?Expand

In addition to being a student whose home university has a partnership with UCI DCE, you, as an applicant, must provide the following documents:

  1. The completed Graduate STAR 3+1+1 application with a non-refundable $200 application fee. The application fee must be paid within 7 days upon our office’s receipt of your application to be processed; otherwise, the application may automatically be canceled.
  2. Has received or eligible to receive a diploma from the current or last attended college / university upon the completion Graduate STAR 3+1+1 Track
  3. Copies of all of your current official academic transcripts to prove your completion of at least three years of college education and to meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 (or equivalent)
      • If you have already completed your bachelor’s degree, provide a copy of your 4-year bachelor’s degree diploma/graduation certificate or a confirmation statement issued by your current university/college with your expected graduation date and year
  4. Copy of your current passport page that shows your photo
  5. Documentation for any educational gap since the start of university/college attendance must be supported with explanations and evidence
  6. Copies of English proficiency proof that meet any of the following minimum test scores:
Acceptable Test Minimum Score
BULATS 65
CEFR: B2, C1, C2
CET-4 (China) 493
CET-6 450
Computer-based TOEFL: 213
Duolingo: 95
ELS Language Centers Level 112
FLS International 16
GEPT High intermediate
GRE (Verbal score) 150
IELTS: 6.0
Internet-based TOEFL: 71
iTEP: 3.5
Kaplan International Higher intermediate
Paper-based TOEFL: 530 or 17 on each section
Pearson Academic 50
TEM 70
TOEIC: 685
DCE 10-Week ESL Level 6

Note:

  1. TOEFL iBT MyBest Scores, Special Home Edition, Essentials and IELTS Indicator will be accepted as long as all exams were taken within the past two years.
  2. To send an official TOEFL or IELTS test score, please select the institution code B166.

English Requirement Exemption:

    1. You have attended a high school for at least 3 years where English is the main language of instruction, or
    2. You have attended a higher education degree program for at least 3 years where English is the main language of instruction and the country

Students who have undergraduate majors in STEM and whose GPAs are at least 3.2 will receive priority acceptance consideration and pre-assessment for their intended graduate program

Our program entry requirements and English exemption are not the same as any other programs at UCI. 

UCI Division of Continuing Education reserves the right to deny acceptance to STAR.  Applicants who are not accepted into STAR by UCI Division of Continuing Education will be notified in writing.

What is the application process?Expand

  1. Complete the online Graduate STAR 3+1+1 application and pay the non-refundable $200 application fee.
  2. After you have been provisionally accepted into STAR, an official Acceptance Confirmation Letter will be sent to you. This letter is usually sent by e-mail. It will describe the STAR registration policies and request the required Program Deposit of $5,000 USD to be submitted to STAR within 15 days after the receipt of your Acceptance Confirmation letter. You will also need to submit copies of your or your sponsor’s financial statements (e.g., checking or savings accounts) that meet our financial requirements for I-20 issuance. If you are applying as a transfer-in from another US institution, you will also need to submit a completed Transfer Evaluation Form.
  3. After you have signed the acknowledgment form that is part of your Acceptance Confirmation letter, and STAR has received your required program deposit, you will receive an official Letter of Acceptance (LOA), Form I-20, and Welcome Packet. With the Letter of Acceptance and Form I-20, you will be able to submit a request for a student (F-1) visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your area.
  4. You will have 30 days to pay the balance of the program tuition and fees. Confirmation of enrollment must include full payment of tuition and fees.

Please see Registration Policies & Deadlines for cancellation and postponement requests.

Can I still apply to STAR if I am not sure that I meet your entry requirements?Expand

UCI DCE is committed to serving diverse students from all backgrounds.  UCI Division of Continuing Education is committed to serving students from all diverse backgrounds.  While the acceptance preference will be given to students who have met our minimum acceptance requirements, we recognize individual circumstances and offer comprehensive review of every applicant.  Thus, students who do not meet our minimum acceptance requirements are still encouraged to apply.  It is important that students provide additional information (e.g., resume, community service, awards and achievements, and extra-curricular classes and activities.) to demonstrate their unique circumstances.

Are the STAR 3+1+1 courses transferable?Expand

Current university students should check with their universities about accepting courses and units from the STAR 3+1+1 track.

Every graduate admissions office holds the final determination of the transferability of the units a student earns in STAR. The STAR 3+1+1 track offers UCI credit-bearing courses. Please know that enrollment in UCI courses is on a space-available basis with permission of the course instructor and/or department.

What are the criteria for a student to advance each quarter?Expand

Below are key selection criteria are taken into consideration for program advancing

  • Score at least 85% in every CE or P/NP class offered by your program
  • Maintain a B average or Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Comply with the program policies (e.g., in good academic standing) at all times
  • Meet the minimum English requirement stated in the Entry Acceptance Requirements

Students who meet the above key selection criteria are expected to follow the program curriculum or their designed study plan.  When students fail to meet the above key selection criteria, our academic advisors will provide alternative academic preparation courses to assist the student in making progress and maintaining their full-time status.

What are the requirements for completing the program?Expand

Program Completion clearance will not be granted for a student with an outstanding debt to UCI DCE, or any outstanding misconduct charges, or unsatisfactory completion of all program requirements.

Is this a full-time program?Expand

Yes. Minimum full-time requirement is 12 units each quarter. F-1 student visa is required for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents to study in this program on UCI campus.

What are the courses included in this track?Expand

Core Program Course List:

Business Analytics

  • Intro to Analyzing Data for Business Goals
  • Intro to Python Programming
  • Descriptive Analytics: Data Visualization and Storytelling with Data
  • Predictive Analytics: Tools and Techniques
  • Prescriptive Analytics: Digital Decisioning
  • Data Analytics Project

Data Science

  • Practical Math and Statistics for Data Science
  • Introduction to Python
  • Fundamentals of Data Science
  • Data Engineering
  • Advanced Visualization
  • Big Data Analysis

*May be subject to change

What is the program tuition and fees?Expand

The tuition for 9 months is $29,800 USD.  Also, students are required to pay a $250 Student Services Fee and to purchase a valid health insurance plan that meets the University's coverage requirements.

What are the recommended graduate programs for 3+1+1 students?Expand

Recommended Graduate Programs for Science & Technology at UCI

Please know that these graduate programs have different application deadlines, and the Grad STAR students are required to submit their applications by the deadlines.

Students can choose to apply to our partner graduate schools and additional graduate schools in the U.S. during their STAR studies.

Note: Participating in STAR is not a guarantee of admission to UCI or any other university.

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PROGRAM COST

9-month tuition: $29,800 USD

Approximate total cost for 9 months: $54,000, excludes airfare

UPCOMING START DATES

Fall 2022 Sep 14
Summer 2023 Jun 21
Fall 2023 Sep 27