A graduate certificate will generally take less time and cost less money than a master’s degree. This makes certificate programs in data science an attractive option if you have limited resources, or want to get a taste for data science before committing to more long-term study.
More specialized certificate programs—those in urban informatics, for example — may appeal to you if you’re already working in data science, or want to add a concentration to a master’s degree you’re currently pursuing.
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Why a Certificate?
Post-baccalaureate certificates typically provide a relatively quick way to get up to speed in a specialized or job-specific field of study. They’re common in a number of fields, like business and cyber-security, and it’s no different in data science.
Reasons to pursue a graduate certificate in data science or a related specialty include:
- You want to advance in your current job. Maybe you’re a financial, business, or systems analyst keen to master the latest data analysis methods. Or a computer scientist or statistician itching to dig into big data. Or a manager interested in harnessing data science to improve business performance. A certificate in data science or a related specialty could provide just the tools you need.
- You want to switch careers (or you’re just starting out). In a world awash in data, those who can make sense of it are in demand. Whether you’re fresh out of college with some statistics and computer programming under your belt or mid-career but looking for a change, why not aspire to what the Harvard Business Review called “the sexiest job of the 21st century,” data scientist? Certificate programs provide a flexible, low-risk way for you to explore this career path. In many cases, credits earned for a certificate can be applied toward a master’s degree, should you decide later on to delve into data science more deeply.
- You want to specialize. Some certificate programs are designed to be completed in addition to a master’s program, to give you more experience with and in-depth understanding of a subfield of data science. Some students enroll in such certificate programs while still pursuing their master’s degrees; others wait until afterward.
Graduate certificates in data science may be general (“data science”) or specific (e.g., “urban informatics,” “business analytics”). General certificates are more likely to suit your needs if you’re a recent graduate or someone looking to break into data science from a different field. If, on the other hand, you work or have a degree in data science already, consider the more specialized programs.
Certificate programs vary in the number of courses they require — generally between three and seven — and the extent to which you can tailor the curriculum to fit your interests. A few programs require students to complete a consulting project or other capstone.
Typical courses include:
- Statistical Methods for Data Science
- Data Mining
- Machine Learning
- Information Visualization
- Database Management Systems
Many certificate programs in data science require a bachelor’s degree in computer science, statistics, mathematics, engineering, or a related field, though in some cases relevant work experience will suffice. Familiarity with databases, programming languages, and/or statistics will give you a leg up.
Other Things to Think About
Ready to pursue a certificate in data science? Be sure you don’t ignore:
- Cost. While the sticker price of a certificate may be lower than that of a master’s degree, it’s harder to qualify for financial aid as non-degree student. Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs may qualify for student loans, but only if the university has sought and secured U.S. Department of Education approval for that specific program. So, read the small print carefully and, when in doubt, barrage program contacts with questions.
- Transferability. Ask yourself whether a certificate alone will meet your educational needs. If there’s a possibility you’ll want to pursue a master’s degree eventually, make sure you choose a certificate program in which the courses you take can be applied toward that more advanced degree.
We found 96 universities in our directory offering graduate certificate programs in data science and related specialties. If you represent a university and would like to contact us about editing any of our listings, or adding new programs, please send an email to info (at) mastersindatascience.org.
Capella University has an online Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence that students can complete in as few as eight months. The program includes five courses, all from the MBA program, and students may transfer those credits to the MBA program should they decide to pursue that degree. Capella offers the program in two formats, a traditional structured format and the FlexPath program which allows students to work at their own pace. Applicants to the traditional program must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.3. FlexPath applicants must have a bachelor's degree in business or a similar field with a GPA of 2.5. Alternately, FlexPath applicants with a degree in another field can show five years of relevant professional business experience.
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University offers a Graduate Certificate in Government Analytics that is appropriate for students seeking a stand-alone credential in government analytics and for applicants who want to supplement a related master's degree, such as one in government, public management, or global security studies. The degree can be earned entirely online with classes delivered in a convenient, asynchronous format. The curriculum includes five courses and allows students to develop a specialty area such as advanced statistics, geospatial analysis, public policy analysis, or political behavior. Applicants are not required to have a background in quantitative methods. Admission is open to students from diverse academic backgrounds. Students who take two classes per term can complete the certificate in about three semesters.
Johns Hopkins University offers a Post Master's Certificate in Quantitative Methods in Applied Economics that allows professionals with an advanced degree to update or expand their knowledge. Students can complete the four-course program in an entirely online format. Applicants should have a master's degree in economics or statistics, and they otherwise must comply with the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Applied Economics, which include submitting recommendations, a resume, official transcripts of all college work, and a statement of purpose. Students may start the program in the fall, spring or summer semester. To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete four courses selected from a list of nine acceptable courses.
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Students enrolled in Boston University's online program leading to an Applied Business Analytics Graduate Certificate can complete the program in nine months. The program includes four courses, each awarded four credits. Before taking one of the required courses, students must take a pre-analytics laboratory, a non-credit, hands-on laboratory that is offered in an online format over a seven-week period. Students are also required to pass a prerequisite course in mathematics for management or pass a waiver test, and online students must complete an online math tutorial. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must submit a graduate application. Students must be admitted into the program to receive credit toward the certificate.
Boston University's Metropolitan College has introduced a new online Data Analytics Graduate Certificate that students can complete in eight to 12 months. The program consists of four required courses for a total of 16 credits. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a technical field and must take a prerequisite course in quantitative methods for information systems. Students also might have to take prerequisite courses before enrolling in some of the courses required in the curriculum. Applicants have the opportunity to take a waiver test through the Department of Computer Science to prove proficiency in a subject if they do not have an academic record for certain classes.
California State University-Fullerton
California State University Fullerton offers an online Certificate in Data Science through its Professional Development, University Extended Education program. The certificate program includes five courses and consists of 99 hours of lecture and discussions, resulting in 9.9 Continuing Education Units for students who earn the certificate. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in computer science, applied statistics, engineering, math, physics, or natural sciences. Alternately, applicants can show they have at least three years of professional experience in a field such as data analysis, business analytics or intelligence, software engineering or programming. Courses are offered online in the spring, summer and fall. The program's advisory board includes representatives from IBM, Wells Fargo, and Gravity.com as well as from CSUF.
Central Connecticut State University
Central Connecticut State University offers a five-course, 18-credit program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Data Mining that can be completed entirely online, with no requirement to go to campus. Applicants to the program must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. Additionally, applicants must have passed at least two semester courses in statistics at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students who start the graduate certificate program may transfer the credits to the Master of Science in Data Mining, but they must submit a separate application for that degree program. The CCSU faculty has broad experience in data mining in fields such as text mining, web mining and genomics. Faculty members have written five books on the subject of data mining.
Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University's Global Campus offers an online Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence with no requirements to attend any face-to-face sessions. To earn the certificate, students must complete four graduate-level courses totaling 12 credits. In the program, students learn how to collect and analyze statistical information, spot trends, make projections, and use data to drive strategic plans. Students have the option of earning a stand-alone graduate certificate to increase their skill sets and earning potential, or of using the specialization to customize a master's degree. The business intelligence specialization is available with nine Global Campus master's programs, including those leading to a master's in management, criminal justice, finance, information technology management, and health care administration.
Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics offers an online Certificate in Health Care Informatics that is designed for information professionals, clinical personnel and health care support staff. Students who complete the program will have an understanding of health information technology and will be better able to serve as a liaison to between health care professionals and information professionals. Applicants to the program must have a bachelor's degree and must submit a statement of purpose explaining how the certificate will help them to achieve their professional goals. The curriculum includes three graduate-level classes that are delivered fully online.
Elmhurst College offers a Graduate Certificate in Data Science that students can complete entirely online. The curriculum includes five courses from the college's Master of Science in Data Science program, with four required courses and one elective. Students can complete the program in one year. Individuals who wish to earn the certificate may enroll as non-degree students. Students who earn the certificate may use the credits toward the M.S. in Data Science and complete the degree by taking five additional courses. However, students who want to earn the master's must meet the admission requirements for that degree, including prerequisite courses in statistics and computer science and at least a year of professional experience.
Hawaii Pacific University
Hawaii Pacific University offers a Professional Certificate in Business Analytics designed for working professionals who want to learn more about how information systems and business analytics can make their company more competitive. Classes for the program are available in an online format. To earn the certificate, students must complete four classes covering topics such as big data, business analytics, and data mining for business intelligence. Applicants to the certificate program must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 2.7. Students must meet any prerequisites set for any of the classes included in the curriculum for the certificate.
Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University Bloomington offers an online Certificate in Data Science that provides students a flexible option to tailor coursework to meet their interests or career goals. Completing the certificate requires students to take four courses, which can be selected from a broad range of approved courses offered in topics such as data analysis, health and medicine, cloud computing and high-performance computing. IU's data science program offers a technical path and a path for decision makers. Applicants must include three letters of recommendation, although those with a technical background only need to submit one recommendation. Applicants must also submit college transcripts, a resume and a statement of purpose.
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Kansas State University
Students and professionals who need to develop a background in statistics can earn an online Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics through Kansas State University. The curriculum requires students to complete at least five graduate-level courses, which can be selected from eight courses offered by the Department of Statistics. Students are allowed to apply up to three credits in coursework taken in another department or at another university toward the certificate. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher earned in upper-division coursework. Students can enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
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Kent State University at Kent
Marist College offers an online Advanced Certificate in Business Analytics that is designed to provide students with a background in data analysis and business intelligence. Students also gain hands-on experience with current software and analytics tools. The program is intended for professionals in fields such as marketing and advertising, health care administration, finance, business strategy, or research. A technology or computer science background is not expected. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree and should have passed an introductory statistics course, at the minimum. GRE scores are not required. Admission decisions are based on an applicant's undergraduate academic performance, work experience, recommendations, and personal essay. Students are admitted to the program in the spring or fall semester.
Michigan State University
Misericordia University offers a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics that is designed for mid-career health professionals who want to gain skills in health care information. The program is delivered online and is aimed at applicants who already work in the informatics area of health care. The program requires students to complete 18 credits, with five required three-credit courses and an additional course that students select from two options: project management or health care systems analysis and design. The program can be completed in as little as one year. Students who complete the program may be eligible to use the credits towards Misericordia's master's program in health informatics
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri S&T offers an online program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics and Data Science that requires students to complete four courses. There are two required courses, one offered each spring and one each fall. Students select two more courses from a list of restricted electives. The program is open to students who have a bachelor's degree or higher in areas such as technology, engineering, science, the social sciences or business, although they must have the prerequisite knowledge required for each class. Students who successfully complete all four classes with a B average or higher are eligible to enter the MBA program or the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology program, with the certificate courses counting towards the degree.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
The New Jersey Institute of Technology offers a Graduate Certificate in Data Mining that adult learners can complete entirely through online classes. On average, students complete the four-course program in a year. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree and should have undergraduate coursework or equivalent knowledge in calculus (two semesters), probability and statistics, and a variety of computer science classes, including computer architecture, operating systems, networks, and database system design and management. Some of the courses have prerequisites and must be taken in order. Students who complete the certificate in data mining may apply the credits toward NJIT master's programs in computer science, information systems, or business and information systems.
Northwestern University offers an online program leading to an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Analytics and Business Intelligence for IT Professionals. Applicants must have a graduate degree, although it does not have to be in IT. The program prefers that students have at least three to five years of professional experience in a related field. Additionally, applicants should have taken classes in calculus and linear algebra and have training or experience in relational databases. The curriculum includes four courses, and students who have already taken equivalent classes may be allowed to select another course in the field to replace that class. Credits earned in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree program. Students may enter the program any quarter.
Northwestern University's School of Professional Studies offers an online program leading to a certificate in business analytics. The program is designed for professionals in analytics who want to take on a management or leadership role by learning how analytics can help drive business decisions and competitive advantage. The curriculum includes four courses, three of which should be taken in a specified order. All classes are offered online in an asynchronous format, but some classes include live sessions. There is no formal admission process or specified prerequisites for this certificate program, and the classes are non-credit and cannot be transferred into any degree program. Students learn to use R and other data-focused tools in the program.
Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University's College of Engineering and Computing offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence/Analytics that students can complete online with no need to come to campus. Applicants to the program should have a bachelor's degree in an area such as management information systems, computer information systems, IT, business administration or a related field. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 and should have experience in computer applications. The curriculum includes five courses, with the final course being a capstone project that requires students to develop a business intelligence application that results in measurable benefits to an organization. Students can enter the program I the fall, spring, or summer term and complete the certificate in about 18 months.
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Oklahoma State University's Watson Graduate School of Management offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Data Mining designed for working professionals who want to acquire skills in data mining and analytics without pursuing a master's degree. Students can complete the program entirely online. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in business, engineering, computer science or other STEM field and must submit transcripts of previous college work. Students may enter the program in the fall or spring semester. To earn the certificate, students must complete at least 12 credit hours, with two required courses and the rest of the credits in electives. Students may be able to transfer the credits to the Master of Science in Business Analytics.
The Watson Graduate School of Management at Oklahoma State University offers a completely online program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics. Students who complete the program will also receive the SAS and OSU Marketing Analytics Certificate. The program is open to applicants who received a bachelor's degree in any subject with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Additionally, applicants must have at least two years of professional experience. The curriculum requires students to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. Two core classes are required, along with at least two electives, which students can select to tailor their education to meet their career interests.
Oregon Health & Science University
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus
Penn State's World Campus and Eberly College of Science offer an online Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics designed for professionals who want to gain skills in statistical analysis and learn industry software such as Minitab, R and SAS. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants should have completed at least one undergraduate course in statistics and should know matrix and linear algebra. GRE or GMAT test scores are not required for admission to this program. To earn the certificate, students must complete 12 credits, including two required courses and two electives selected based on career goals. The certificate can be a stand-alone credential or used as a first step towards a master's degree.
Penn State online offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics that requires three courses, with each course taught one semester each year. All students enter the program in the fall semester. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. While no major is specified, applicants must have knowledge or experience in a quantitative field such as science, engineering or business. The admission committee looks at previous coursework and work experience when considering applicants with degrees outside those areas. Applicants must be familiar with applied statistics, either through coursework or work experience. Students may submit GMAT or GRE scores to help build a case for admission. Credits from this certificate can be applied to the Master of Science in Data Analytics.
Purdue University's Department of Statistics has an online Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics designed for scientists in any field who want to acquire an in-depth background in statistics. The coursework is also appropriate for people in industry who want to increase their understanding of statistics. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. The curriculum includes four courses, or 12 credits, in statistics classes. Before beginning the program, students must meet the prerequisite of coursework in statistical methods and in applied regression analysis, which may be met by taking two classes through Purdue or by equivalent coursework.
The Graduate Certificate in Data Science offered by Regis University uses the Hadoop ecosystem of software products for practical, hands-on assignments. Coursework is delivered online in eight-week sessions. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, and while no specific major is required, students who enter the certificate program will need to have knowledge or experience in database applications, computer networking, programming, and system design and analysis. The admissions committee will assess each student's background in these areas and may require prerequisite classes. Applicants must submit official college transcripts, a resume, and an admission essay. They may be interviewed by faculty. The curriculum includes four courses, for a total of 12 credit hours.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology offers an online option for students who want to earn an Advanced Certificate in Applied Statistics. The program is appropriate for scientists, engineers, analysts and other professionals who need a statistical background for their work. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 and must show a background in math and statistics, including two courses in probability and statistics. GRE scores are not required but students may submit them if the scores strengthen their applications. Before entering the program, students need to be familiar with Minitab, R, or SAS statistical software. The curriculum includes two required courses plus electives for a total of 12 credits.
San Jose State University
San Jose State University offers a Certificate in Business Analytics designed for business professionals and graduate students interested in data-driven decisions in any area of business. The program can be completed entirely online in less than a year. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 in their upper division coursework, and no applicants with a GPA under 2.5 will be considered. Before entering the program all students must have completed a college-level statistics course. To complete the certificate, students must pass four required courses, which are delivered in an eight-week asynchronous format. Students may enter the program in the fall or spring semester. Students might be permitted to apply the credits to a degree program at San Jose State.
Stanford's Center for Professional Development offers an online Graduate Certificate in Data Mining and Applications that is designed for strategy managers, medical and scientific researchers, data analysts, social science researchers, and advertising and marketing personnel. The certificate requires students to complete three courses, beginning with a course in data mining that they must complete with a grade of B-plus or higher to stay in the program. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Prerequisites include at least one undergraduate course each in statistics or probability, linear algebra, and computer programming. Students typically complete the certificate in one to two years; they are required to do all the work within three years.
Stanford's Center for Professional Development offers a four-course Graduate Certificate in Mining Massive Data Sets designed for professionals who work with large amounts of raw data, such as software engineers, statisticians, predictive modelers, data miners, and those who perform market research and analytics. Applicants should have an understanding of basic computer science principles and be able to write "a reasonably non-trivial" computer program. Prerequisites include understanding algorithms, data structures, linear algebra, and basic probability theory. A background in computer systems, artificial intelligence, statistics, or database systems is suggested. Students may enter the program in any academic quarter that a relevant course is offered online. On average, students complete the certificate in one to two years.
Students seeking the Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science through Syracuse University's School of Information Studies can specialize in data analytics, data storage and management, data visualization, or general systems management. Students can complete the program entirely online, and they may pursue the certificate as full-time or part-time students. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree (no major is specified) and must submit official transcripts. A personal statement and resume are required, but applicants do not need to submit GRE scores. The curriculum includes 15 credits, with six credits in core required classes and nine credits from electives, which may be selected from a variety of areas to suit a student's specialization. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
Texas A & M University-College Station
The College of Saint Scholastica
The University of Texas at Dallas
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence & Analytics (Certificate NDP) that can be completed entirely online. The program is designed for IT professionals, business analysts, project managers, marketing analysts, researchers, and others whose job involves analyzing data for business decisions. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, although students with a lower GPA may be granted probationary admission. Standardized test scores are not required for this program. The curriculum includes three courses, for a total of nine credits, and students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to complete the certificate.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The Department of Information Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers a Graduate Certificate in Data Science designed for professionals seeking basic training in data science. The 12-credit program is offered online. Lectures are webcast live from the on-campus class meeting, held on weekday evenings, and also recorded for later viewing. The certificate program is open to anyone with a bachelor's degree, although the university recommends a background in computer programming, database concepts, and statistics, or professional experience in information analysis. Students seeking regular admission to use the certificate as a stepping stone to a master's degree must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and prerequisite courses in object-oriented technology, database concepts, and statistical methods.
University of California-Irvine
The University of California, Irvine has an online Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing offered through the Division of Continuing Education. The program is designed for data systems modelers, IT managers, business analysts, database administrators, data architects, and chief information officers whose job requires taking data from multiple databases or sources and combining them to generate reports and other information. Professionals who request this kind of data are also welcome in the program. The curriculum includes three classes, which must be taken in order. Members of the advisory committee for this program represent organizations such as Northrop Grumman, Pacific Life, Capital Group, Experian, and Numen Consulting.
The Division of Continuing Education at the University of California, Irvine offers an online Graduate Certificate in Data Science that provides students with basic skills needed for data science and allows practitioners to broaden their skills. The program is aimed at professionals in a variety of industries and job roles that involve understanding large amounts of data, such as data engineers, data analysts, business analysts, researchers, statisticians, database administrators, and computer scientists. To earn the certificate, students must complete 15 credit units, with six required units and nine elective units. Students must complete all the requirements within five years. The Division of Continuing Education allows students to combine some credits to earn both the Data Science and Predictive Analytics certificates.
The University of California, Irvine offers an online program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Predictive Analytics. The program is designed for professionals in a variety of industries who want to use predictive analytics to improve business performance. The program is open to working professionals with backgrounds in areas such as business analytics, marketing, business intelligence, web analytics, data mining, and data warehousing. The curriculum includes five required courses and three electives, for at least 16 units or 160 hours of instruction. Students must complete all the work within five years of starting the program. The program advisory committee includes representatives from Abbott Analytics, Elder Research, Statsoft, Predictive Analytics World, and Digital Analytics.
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago offers an online IBHE-approved post-master's Certificate in Health Informatics. Applicants to the program must have a master's degree from an accredited school, and an MBA must be from a school accredited by AACSB International. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on terminal degree work and are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. Additionally, applicants should have at least two years of work experience in a relevant industry. All applicants are interviewed by phone before a decision is made on acceptance. Applicants may be required to take three prerequisite classes. The curriculum for the certificate includes seven courses worth 24 credits.
University of Illinois at Springfield
The University of Illinois at Springfield has an online Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence that students may earn as a stand-alone credential or as part of their work toward a Master of Science in Management Information Systems or another master's program. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants to the MIS program must have two semesters of accounting classes, a semester of statistics, and the ability to program in a high-level language such as C++ or Java. To earn the certificate, students are required to complete three graduate level courses, which may have prerequisites of their own.
University of Louisville
The Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the University of Louisville offers an 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Data Mining that students can earn in an entirely online format in as few as 12 months. The curriculum includes three required CECS courses and three electives that students can select from a list of relevant math and CECS course offerings. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a technical field and must have had classes in probability and statistics, algebra, and discrete math. While knowledge of SAS and SAS Enterprise Miner are not listed as prerequisites, the department notes that these will be used in the coursework.
University of Maine
The University of Maine offers a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems that students can complete in an entirely online environment. The program requires students to complete five designated courses, which are offered frequently enough that a students can complete the certificate in two years. Students interested in the certificate must formally apply and follow the admissions requirements for the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA and must submit GRE scores. Official transcripts and three letters of recommendation are also required. Students must complete work toward the certificate within six years.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Boston offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics through the College of Advancing and Professional Studies. The program is offered entirely online. The curriculum includes four three-credit courses, although students may be required to take prerequisite courses in statistical analysis and database management before beginning the classes needed for the certificate. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but no particular major is required, and at least three to five years of relevant work experience. Applicants must submit official college transcripts, a resume, statement of intent, and three letters of recommendation. Most of the courses offered by UMassOnline are delivered in an asynchronous format.
University of Massachusetts-Boston
The College of Management at UMass Boston has a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics that students can complete in an entirely online format. The curriculum consists of four courses, although students may be required to take prerequisite courses in statistical analysis and database management, depending upon their work and academic background. The program is intended for professionals interested in business and decision analytics, and applicants should have at least three to five years of relevant work experience. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but no particular major is required. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all college work, a resume, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of intent. Standardized test scores are not required.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers an online program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. The certificate program is open to business professionals who want to learn about Big Data. Students in UNL's MBA program may take the classes for a specialization in business analytics, and other graduate students can use the courses for a minor in business analytics. The curriculum features four courses. The first course is offered in the spring, fall, and summer. Students may take the other three courses in any order. Applicants to the certificate program must have an undergraduate degree and must have passed an introductory course in statistics at the undergraduate level. Students interested in the certificate program must complete the UNL application for graduate study.
University of New England
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The University of North Carolina Greensboro offers an online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics that is designed so that professionals in all fields and business functional areas can increase their understanding of the tools and capabilities of business analytics. UNCG has partnered with SAS for this program, with SAS providing software for hand-on experience and instruction. Students are also able to use SAS materials through the Teradata University Network. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but no particular field of study is required. They must also submit official transcripts, a statement of purpose, resume, and three recommendations. The program has four required classes, all available online. Students may take optional electives, but they are only offered on campus.
University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix's College of Information Systems and Technology offers an online program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. Students must complete 18 credits, which include both required courses and electives. Many of the courses for this program are aligned with various industry certifications, such as SAS Base Programmer Certification and some Oracle certifications, and the courses can also help students prepare for those certification exams. The University of Phoenix requires applicants to graduate programs to have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.
University of St Francis
The University of St. Francis offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics that requires students to complete four courses, for a total of 12 credits. Students who complete the certificate can apply the credits toward an MBA or Master of Science in Management from the University of St. Francis. Applicants to the certificate program must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and must submit an admission essay and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must have at least two years of full-time employment in a management position, although that requirement may be waived based on the applicant's GMAT scores.
University of Utah
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Students who enroll in the Certificate in Data Science program from the University in Washington end the eight-month program with an online competition to solve a real data science problem. The three courses for the program are offered online and must be taken in a prescribed order. Applicants must pass the university's data science qualifications assessment quiz (available online) and have a background in databases and SQL. Applicants should have at least a year of experience using a programming language such as Java, R, or Python. Applicants are also required to understand basic concepts of statistics and linear algebra. Students may enter the program in the autumn, winter, or spring quarter. The advisory board for this program include representatives from Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee offers an online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Students can earn the certificate by itself or combine it with an MBA or Master of Science in Management from the Lubar School of Business. The 15-credit program has one required core course and a list of five courses that students can select their four electives from. The university may accept up to three transfer credits for this program. Students must complete all the work toward the certificate in three years.
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California State University-Fullerton
Central Michigan University
Cleveland State University
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
Eastern Michigan University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Indiana University Bloomington
Kennesaw State University
Loyola University Chicago
Michigan Technological University
New York University
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Pasco-Hernando State College
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Great Valley
Rochester Institute of Technology
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The University of West Florida
University of Arkansas
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado Denver
University of Denver
University of Kansas
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Memphis
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Missouri-St Louis
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
University of South Florida-Main Campus
The University of South Florida offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics at its campus in Tampa. The 12-credit program is designed for students who want a job in business analytics. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. They must meet prerequisites for a course in statistics, one in marketing, and a graduate level course in accounting if they choose Analytics in Accounting as one of their electives. The curriculum includes two required core classes and two electives, selected from a list of three options. Candidates must complete all required work within one year. Up to 12 credits earned in this program may be applied to a graduate degree.