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 #6 among the nation’s Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report in 2024.

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

Career Outlook

Management Analysts

10% increase in jobs through 2032

$95,290 median annual pay in 2022

Financial Analysts

8% increase in jobs through 2032

$96,220 median annual pay in 2022

Market Research Analysts

13% increase in jobs through 2032

$68,230 median annual pay in 2022

Mathematicians and Statisticians

30% increase in jobs through 2032

$99,960 median annual pay in 2022

Operations Research Analysts

23% increase in jobs through 2032

$85,720 median annual pay in 2022

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, at (visited September 06, 2023).

The data analytics market size is projected to grow from $7.03 billion in 2023 to $303.4 billion in 2030 at a CAGR of 27.6%. —365 Data Science, “The Data Analyst Job Outlook in 2023: Research on 1,000+ LinkedIn Job Postings

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 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.


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 and MET ADR 100 Introduction to R for Business. 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.


Vladimir Zlatev

Vladimir Zlatev

Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences
PhD, MS, BS, Dresden University of Technology

Krystie Dickson

Krystie Dickson

Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
MS, Boston University
MS, The Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, University of the West Indies
BS, University of the West Indies

Benjamin P. Harris

Benjamin P. Harris

Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
PhD, MS, BS, Northeastern University

Getting Started

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