Online Applied Business Analytics Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics provides comprehensive coverage of data analytics concepts, techniques, and state-of-the-art tools used in the process of data-driven business decision-making. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of analytical models and decision-support tools and to apply them to interlinked data-inputs and large data sets in the areas of marketing, operations, product and technology innovations, financial services, human resources management, and others. The curriculum covers advanced software tools and functions such as predictive modeling, text and data mining, visual analytics, simulations, and OLAP tables. Graduates of the program will be able to analyze data-driven business processes, select appropriate analytical methods to monitor and identify performance issues, and propose optimal data-based solutions.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics will be able to demonstrate:

  • The knowledge and skills to better utilize available information in operational, tactical, and strategic decision making in organizations.
  • The ability to apply various powerful emerging technologies and techniques for increasing the value of both in-house and third party data sets.
  • An understanding of how organizations are using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools to better understand their operations, customers, and markets.
  • The skills to understand web analytics and metrics, procure and process unstructured text, and delve into their hidden patterns.

The expertise to facilitate knowledge discovery using data mining and visualization techniques over vast amounts of data.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics?

  • Boston University certificate programs comprise just four courses (16 credits) and provide essential skills and capabilities in high-growth industry areas. Certificate programs also provide a pathway to Metropolitan College management degree programs.
  • Learning from expert faculty from MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, techniques, and state-of-the-art tools used in the process of data-driven business decision-making—an area of burgeoning need in today’s marketplace.
  • Online certificate programs share courses and instructors with MET’s master’s degree programs in management, ranked #9 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.

Meet Dr. Vladimir Zlatev, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Applied Business Analytics program.

Career Outlook

Mathematicians

21% increase in jobs through 2024

$111,110 median annual pay in 2015

Management Analysts

14% increase in jobs through 2024

$81,320 median annual pay in 2015

Financial Analysts

12% increase in jobs through 2024

$80,310 median annual pay in 2015

Statisticians

34% increase in jobs through 2024

$80,110 median annual pay in 2015

Operations Research Analysts

30% increase in jobs through 2024

$78,630 median annual pay in 2015

Market Research Analysts

19% increase in jobs through 2024

$62,150 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition


By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

McKinsey & Company
Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity, 2011

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Students who earn the Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics may waive MET AD 616, MET AD 654, and MET AD 688 for the Boston University Metropolitan College Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics degree program.

As a prerequisite to the course MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations, applicants are required to complete MET AD 100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory. MET AD 571 is a prerequisite for MET AD 616, MET AD 654, MET AD 688, and MET AD 699. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Faculty

Canan Gunes Corlu

Canan Gunes Corlu

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences; Faculty Coordinator for Applied Business Analytics Programs
PhD, MS, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; BS, Koc University

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences

PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton; MA, Oregon State University; BS, Yonsei University

Vijay Kanabar

Vijay Kanabar

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Administrative Sciences; Director of Project Management Programs

PhD, University of Manitoba; MS, Florida Institute of Technology; MBA, Webber College; BS, University of Madras, India; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

Gregory Page

Lecturer

ME, Harvard Graduate School of Education; MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BA, Stanford University

Getting Started

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