Programme Curriculum

The 10-month programme includes over 250 hours of classroom instruction across the full spectrum of data science: statistics, machine learning (including deep learning and natural language processing), programming in Python and R, the management of Big Data, and application of analytics to finance, marketing, retailing and supply chain management. Modules on forecasting, optimization and data visualization are the skill sets imparted to students of the certificate program.

Classes are held every Sunday at our Chennai office at 196, TTK Road, Alwarpet in Chennai. Classes that need specialized hardware (such as a computing cluster) or software (such as IBM SPSS) are conducted at the Krea University campus in Sri City (transportation provided).

The specific topics covered in the curriculum include*:

  • Data Science Perspectives
  • Intro to Statistics using R
  • Overview of Machine Learning
  • Introduction to R Programming
  • Intro to Python Programming
  • Predictive Analytics & Data Mining
  • Data Visualization using Tableau
  • Data Management with SQL
  • Machine Learning Techniques
  • Ensemble Methods
  • Deep Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Financial Analytics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Retail Analytics
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Forecasting
  • Optimization Techniques
  • Big Data Analytics

* subject to minor changes to reflect new development in the field


The certificate program is taught by a team of instructors drawn from the IFMR GSB faculty as well as accomplished practitioners from Amazon, Flipkart, and other data-intensive businesses. The following full-time IFMR faculty members teach in the program:

Hemalatha C

Associate Professor

Amit Das


Balasubramanian G

Senior Professor and Advisor

Sumit Mishra

Assistant Professor

Muneer Shaik

Assistant Professor

Amar Saxena

Associate Professor

Vijaya C Subramanian

Associate Professor