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Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics


Take your data-driven decision making skills to the next level. The graduate certificate in business analytics offers coursework that takes your skills to the next level, preparing you for leadership roles that focus on the intersection of data and decision making. Courses help professionals grow their knowledge and career opportunities in one of today’s most in-demand fields.

Through this program, you will gain a strong foundation in the analytical methods, techniques, and tools essential for data-driven decision making. Business analytics will be explored through case studies using real-world data to help you gain a broader perspective on the applications of data analytics.

The curriculum is comprised of four hands-on courses that focus on major business analytics skills and applications with emphasis on data understanding and statistics, data visualization, data mining and predictive analytics, and databases. You will learn these skills through widely-used applications and software. All courses will prepare you to visualize real business data in compelling charts and dashboards to communicate patterns, trends and actionable items.  Also, you will perform advanced queries, create analytical models, and apply methods in order to obtain business insights—a vital skill for any organization.

You may earn the graduate certificate in business analytics as a standalone credential, or while being enrolled in the MBA or an M.S. degree program in business, through elective courses. Earning the certificate while in a business master’s degree program gives you an additional focus in analytics, which employers cite as an asset for managerial roles. Demand for business analytics professionals is expected to rise by as much as 25% in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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The program consists of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework.

  • CIS 6410*: Financial Data Analytics (3 hours) OR MBA 6003: Data Analytics for Managerial Decision Making (3 hours) OR CIS 6400: Business Analytics (3 hours)
  • CIS 6300: Business Data Management (3 hours)
  • CIS 6500: Visual Analytics (3 hours)
  • CIS 6640*: Predictive Analytics and Data Mining (3 credits) OR MBA 6014: Advanced Analytics for Managerial Decision Making (3 hours)

*Students pursuing a graduate certificate in business analytics and M.S. in Finance students must take courses with the CIS prefix, while MBA students pursuing the certificate must take courses with the MBA prefix.