Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics will offer students the opportunity to take a deep-dive into business analytics at the same time that they earn their MBA degree.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Certificate in Business Analytics will:

  • Understand how analysis fits into the broader agenda of management.
  • Assess the value of data-driven decisionmaking as well as its limitations.
  • Evaluate the cost of data and analysis, and when the benefits of improved business decisions make this cost worth bearing.
  • Distinguish and work with different kinds of data in a business setting.
  • Construct and demonstrate analysis using programming-based tooling within a business context.
  • Classify different kinds of analysis/tools and be able to evaluate which is appropriate for different business problems (e.g., evaluate the benefits of programming-based tooling relative to point-n-click or Excel-based approaches within a business context).
  • Design and create analysis based on advanced topics (e.g., Machine Learning, Data Mining, Big Data, SQL databases) and apply these tools to realistic business problems.
  • Create their own analysis and demonstrate the application of the above content to practical scenarios.


To earn the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, students must complete a total of 15 credits as follows:

Required Courses

  • QST IS 737 Decision Making with Data (3 cr)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • QST IS 834 Business Analytics in Practice (3 cr)
    • QST QM 877 Intro to Python Bootcamp (1.5 cr) and QST QM 878 Deep Learning with Python Bootcamp (1.5 cr)

    Elective Courses

    Choose three courses from the following:

    • QST IS 841 Data Mining (3 cr)
    • QST IS 843 Big Data (3 cr)
    • QST IS 860 Business Analytics Consulting (3 cr)
    • QST IS 889 Data Management (3 cr)
    • QST MK 842 Machine Learning (3 cr)

    Academic Standards

    For the certificate to be conferred, a student must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.70 (on a 4.0 scale). Students are not permitted to take additional credits beyond the certificate program in order to improve grades (CGPA) or restart enrollment, nor can they withdraw and re-enroll.

    Certificate Completion

    To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, students must:

    • Successfully complete all required courses, for a total of 15 credits.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.
    • Have no “I” grades or no “MG” grades in courses counting toward the certificate.
    • Only up to 9 credits of the certificate program may also be applied toward the MBA degree.