Microsoft Professional Program for Big Data

Learn how to build big data solutions for batch and real-time stream processing using Azure managed services and open source systems like Hadoop and Spark. This curriculum will teach you the skills required to capture, process, and analyse data for today’s data-driven world.

10
REQUIRED COURSES
12 - 30
HOURS PER COURSE
8
SKILLS

Technologies you will use to gain your skills

Azure Data Lake
Hadoop
HDInsight
Spark
Azure data factory
Azure Stream Analytics

Track detail

Each course runs for three months and starts at the beginning of a quarter. January—March, April—June, July—September, and October —December. The capstone runs for four weeks at the beginning of each quarter: January, April, July, October. For exact dates for the current course run, please refer to the course detail page on edX.org.

* Courses can be taken during any course run and in any order. When multiple course options are listed for a skill, only one must be completed to satisfy the requirements for graduation.

  • Introduction to Big Data

    Provided by Microsoft

    Get started with the Microsoft Professional Program for Big Data by learning how the program works, and getting up to speed with some basic data fundamentals.

  • Option 1
    Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn how to connect and visualize your data with Microsoft Power BI. Find out how to import your data, author reports using Power BI Desktop, and publish those reports to the Power BI service. Create dashboards and share with business users on the web and on mobile devices.

  • Option 2
    Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel

    Provided by Microsoft

    Explore tools in Excel that enable the analysis of more data than ever before, with improved visualizations and more sophisticated business logic. Learn how to import data from different sources, create mashups between data sources, and prepare data for analysis.

  • Option 1
    Developing Planet-Scale Applications in Azure Cosmos DB

    Provided by Microsoft

    Developing Planet-Scale Applications in Azure Cosmos DB

  • Option 2
    Introduction to NoSQL Data Solutions

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn the fundamentals of NoSQL and explore several non-relational data storage options in Microsoft Azure.

  • Querying Data with Transact-SQL

    Provided by Microsoft

    From querying and modifying data in SQL Server or Azure SQL to programming with Transact-SQL, learn essential skills that employers need.

  • Option 1
    Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake Analytics

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn how to use Azure Data Lake technologies to store and process big data in the cloud.

  • Option 2
    Processing Big Data with Azure HDInsight

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn how to use Hadoop technologies in Microsoft Azure HDInsight to process big data in this five week, hands-on course.

Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Big Data

Build and demonstrate big data solutions.

Each course in the Microsoft Professional Program in big data features hands-on labs so you can practice with the most sought after skills. Assessments that require more than just memorization ensure that you have mastered these new skills.

Learn on your own time

All courses are available online and on demand – so whether you plan to spend a couple of hours per day or a couple of hours per week, you can work on these skills at the pace that is right for you. And since the curriculum consists of massive open online courses (MOOC) on edX, you can watch the videos on your tablet or phone.

Frequently asked questions

Question Why is Microsoft discontinuing the Microsoft Professional Program?

Answer

Three years ago, we launched the Microsoft Professional Program with one mission: to help you build the technical skills you need to succeed in emerging jobs.

Since then, we’ve heard from many of you about how you’ve applied your new skills to become more impactful in your current work and gained more recognition from your colleagues.

That’s why we’ve decided to take the best of the Microsoft Professional Program and apply it to a program where you can earn a technical certification when you complete your coursework. Why?

  • Certified new hires reach full productivity sooner and find more opportunities for advancement.
  • Certified employees earn 15 percent more than those without certification.
  • Employees with certifications are nearly 20 percent more productive.

Find out more about our move toward role-based certificates and role-based training here.

Question If I would like to continue pursuing an MPP track, how long do I have to complete it?

Answer

Microsoft Professional Program will end on December 31, 2019.  Enrollments to MPP tracks will discontinue on September 15, 2019.

If you are currently enrolled in MPP courses or tracks, please complete them by December 31, 2019.

If you have completed your MPP courses or tracks, please save/print certificates by December 31, 2019. Learners enrolled in tracks as of September 15, 2019 will have a final opportunity to take the capstone from November 1 through December 31, 2019. We are making this capstone period longer than the typical one month to allow for more time to test and retake, if needed. This final capstone will replace the one normally scheduled for Oct. 1-31.

Question If I have successfully completed an MPP track(s) or plan to finish before the program retires, will the achievement still have value in the market?

Answer
Yes! The MPP credential demonstrates value and excellence to managers looking to hire in technology fields.