Big Data Analytics

Academic master’s programme 60 KP / 90 ECTS (if previously obtained a professional bachelor’s degree) or 80 KP / 120 ECTS (if previously obtained a academic bachelor’s degree)

This is the only master’s programme in Latvia that prepares data (including Big Data) professionals to work in companies and organisations.

Accredited: until 5 August 2027


General information

  • Duration:
    1.5 years (if completed 4-year bachelor’s studies)
    2 years (if completed 3-year bachelor’s studies)
  • Type:
    Full-time (evenings)
  • Language:
    English (full-time), Latvian (full-time)
  • Credit points:
    60 CP / 90 ECTS (if previously obtained a professional bachelor's degree) 80 CP / 120 ECTS (if previously obtained an academic bachelor's degree)
  • Programme degree:
    Master’s degree of social science in economics
  • Fee:
    For citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Latvia:
    3400 EUR (Full-time evening, Latvian)
    4500 EUR (Full-time evening, English)

    EU, EEA, EU candidate countries:
    4500 EUR (Full-time evening, English)

    Other countries:
    5700 EUR (Full-time evening, English)

This is the only master’s programme in Latvia that prepares data (including Big Data) professionals to work in companies and organisations. It provides students with in-depth skills regarding data acquisition, storage, collection, visualisation and analysis. This programme is in line with the world’s leading data professional education programmes implemented at Harvard University, Stanford University, IBM Big Data University and other prestigious universities, and helps students develop skills such as business skills, analytical skills, computer skills, statistical and mathematical skills and machine learning skills.

These are full-time studies that take place in the evenings in the main building of RISEBA, located at 3 Meža Street. These are lectures with a wide range of educational content in the field of economics, related to business processes, the use of company and organisation data in information systems, forecasting modelling, risk management, statistical analysis and business data processing.
The purpose of the study programme is to train students to perform organisational data processing using SPSS and Power BI software packages, to perform data processing in relational databases using SQL and R language tools, to perform data processing in non-relational databases (NoSQL) using MapReduce approach and various tools of Hadoop eco-environment, as well as to apply machine learning methods in data processing using supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms, Python language, KNIME and other tools.

Module 1 “Business Data Processing” 11 CP (16.5 ECTS)

Business requirements analysis and specification of information systems (Mini MBA,, Mg.inf.sys. J. Paksis, “Emergn”): 2 CP (Part A)
Multivariate data analysis (Dr.oec., prof. B. Sloka): 2 CP (Part A)
Forecasting methods (, prof. P. Rivža): 2 CP (Part B)
Practical application of Power BI in business data processing (Dr.phys., prof. hon. I. Godmanis): 2 CP (Part A)
Business analytics in SPSS environment (, prof. I. Ludviga): 2 CP (Part A)
Corporate social responsibility and environmental ecology (S. Blumberga): 1 CP (Part A)

Module 2 “Big Data Management” 14 CP (20 ECTS)

Introduction to Big Data and machine learning (Dr.phys., Assoc. I. Godmanis): 3 CP (Part A)
Use of SQL language when working with relational databases (Mg.dat. E. Plācis, “Accenture”: 2 CP (Part A)
R language (Mg.dat. A. Alksnis): 2 CP (Part A)
Data pre-processing and data management using the R language: (Dr.oec., E. Brēķis): 2 CP (Part B)
Big Data management tools ( A. Vesjolijs, “Accenture”): 3 CP (Part A)
Data visualisation methods ( S. Bērziša): 2 CP (Part B)

Module 3 “Harnessing Big Data in new technologies”: 9 CP (13.5 ECTS)

Python language (Dr.dat., U. Bojārs): 2 CP (Part B)
Practical machine learning using Python language ( J. Rāts): 2 CP (Part B)
Big data analytics in business – KNIME and other tools (MBA, Chicago uni., U. Sprūdžs): 3 CP (Part B)
Business platforms (Dr.phys, Assoc. I. Godmanis): 2 CP (Part C)


  • 6 CP (with 4-year bachelor’s studies),
  • 26 CP (with 3-year bachelor’s studies)

Master’s thesis (20 CP)

Faculty members

Admission rules

Please read the admission rules published on our website under Study at RISEBA -> Admission rules

Career opportunities

The demand for data professionals who can and do use (extract, collect, store, process, visualise and analyse) data (including Big Data) is growing rapidly worldwide, including in Latvia. The increasing development of digital business platforms, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence technologies and their application in companies and organisations is based on the use of a rapidly growing amount of diverse data (Big Data), which graduates of this study programme are familiar with.

Opportunities for further study

After graduation, a student can continue education in the doctoral programme “Business Management”.

Any student of the master’s programme who has completed at least one year of study can participate in the Erasmus+ exchange programme.
A student can go to study at one of RISEBA’s partner universities. The duration of study mobility is 2–12 months.
The student does not have to pay for the period spent in the study and internship exchange programme abroad; the tuition fee is covered by the partner university, but the student continues to pay the RISEBA tuition fee. For the period spent abroad during mobility, the student is awarded an Erasmus+ scholarship to cover the costs of transport and accommodation.
* Erasmus+ internship mobility provides that a student can undergo an internship in one of the companies of interest in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries. For this internship period, the student receives an Erasmus+ scholarship. The duration of internship mobility is 2–12 months.
Find out more about Erasmus+ and how to apply here!

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