Business Analytics

Online, in Des Moines, or on campus in Ames
The graduate certificate in business analytics will build the necessary competency to deploy analytic skills and capabilities in various areas of business such as marketing, supply chains, operations, forensics, and risk management. The certificate is designed for graduate students and working professional currently employed or seeking job opportunities as business analysts, analytic systems designers, or data scientists who deal with problems arising in the contexts of business decision-making.

The graduate certificate in business analytics will address the challenges of dealing with issues of “big data” and its analysis to extract actionable insights. equips business professionals with the basic analytic concepts and techniques necessary in various areas of business such as marketing, supply chain, operations, forensics, and risk management. Students will have a foundation in data management, business analytics, modeling, and communicating through data visualization.

The certificate is for working professionals as well as students enrolled in graduate programs who are employed or seeking a career as business analysts, analytic systems designers, and data scientists to help improve business performance. The certificate is available online, on campus in Ames and at Capital Square in Des Moines.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the graduate programs office at busgrad@iastate.edu.

The Business Analytics Graduate Certificate consists of a minimum of 12 approved graduate credits. Students must maintain a grade average of 3.0 or higher. This graduate certificate may be earned either before, after, or concurrently with a master’s or doctoral degree. At least 3 credits may not be used to satisfy any other degree requirements.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (3 credits)
MIS 536 – Business Analytics Foundation*

SAMPLE ELECTIVE COURSES (9 credits)
MIS 533 – Data Management for Decision Makers*
MIS 532 – Business Analytics Applications & Development
MIS 538 – Business Process Management
MIS 539 – Topics in Business Analytics*
MIS 541 – Analytics in Finance and Insurance
MIS 544 – Social Media Analytics*
MIS 546 – Advanced Business Analytics*
MKT 552 – Marketing Analytics
MIS 515 – Business Data
STAT 526 – Applied Statistics Modeling*
STAT 528 – Data Visualization and Communication*
* Available online

Students are required to submit a Program of Study listing courses taken for the certificate.

To receive your Certificate:  Submit the Certificate Completion form after your course work is complete or during the term of your last course.

Admission to the business analytics graduate certificate program is contingent upon satisfying the following requirements:

Bachelors of Science degree in Business, STEM or related field
Post-undergraduate work experience of two or more years
A cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of study
TOEFL – 100; or IELTS – 7 (international applicants only)

Applicants must submit a statement of purpose, resume, and transcripts.

How to Apply

Fill out the corresponding application from the options listed below. You will need your resume and unofficial transcripts.

For questions about the application process, please contact busgrad@iastate.edu.

Current ISU Graduate Students

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Previous ISU Graduate Students

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New ISU Graduate Students

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Enterprise Cybersecurity Management

In Des Moines or on campus in Ames
The graduate certificate in enterprise cybersecurity management will equip business professionals with basic concepts and techniques in cybersecurity and the management of information assets, including understanding cyber threat and choosing appropriate protections, enterprise cyber risk management, budgeting for cybersecurity, policies, procedures, human relations issues, and compliance and legal issues present in the modern organization.

The certificate is for working professionals as well as students enrolled in graduate programs. The certificate is available on campus in Ames and at Capital Square in Des Moines.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the graduate programs office at busgrad@iastate.edu.

To earn the enterprise cybersecurity management certificate, participants are required to take four approved courses (12 credits). Participants should work with Professor Scheibe to select courses prior to registration.

Students must maintain a grade average of 3.0 or higher. This graduate certificate may be earned either before, after, or concurrently with a master’s or doctoral degree. At least three credits may not be used to satisfy any other degree requirements.

Required core courses (6 credits)

  • MIS 535 – Network and Security Management*
  • MIS545x – Enterprise Cybersecurity Management*

Sample elective courses (6 credits)

  • ACCT 591 – Fraud Examination and Prevention
  • INFAS 532 – Information Warfare
  • MIS 445 – Enterprise Systems and Architecture
  • MIS 539 – Topics in Management Information Systems (e.g., cybersecurity analytics)

* Available online

Students are required to submit a Program of Study listing courses taken for the certificate.

To receive your certificate:  Submit the Certificate Completion form after your course work is complete or during the term of your last course.

Admission to the enterprise cybersecurity management graduate certificate program is contingent upon satisfying the following requirements:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Business, STEM or related field
  • Post-undergraduate work experience of two or more years is preferred
  • GPA of 3.0 or better is preferred
  • TOEFL – 100; or IELTS – 7 (international applicants only)

GMAT/GRE scores are not required. You may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, before being formally admitted into the program.

For eligibility questions, please contact the program chair, Kevin Scheibe.

How to Apply

Fill out the corresponding application from the options listed below. You will need your resume and unofficial transcripts.

For questions about the application process, please contact busgrad@iastate.edu.

Current ISU Graduate Students

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Previous ISU Graduate Students

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New ISU Graduate Students

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Online or on campus in Ames

The graduate certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation focuses on strategies and resources for launching new ventures. These include:

  • Core concepts for new venture development
  • How to position new ventures and innovations
  • How to secure financing, investors and customers
  • Marketing and growth strategy
  • How to address risk and market volatility
  • Legal requirements and recommendations for new ventures

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact busgrad@iastate.edu.

To earn the entrepreneurship and innovation graduate certificate, students are required to complete four approved courses (12 credits).

Core courses are online. Elective track course options may be online or on campus in Ames.

Required Core Courses

MGMT 566: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Startup

MGMT 583: Formulating and Implementing Innovation Strategies

Recommended Core Courses:

MGMT 567: Launching International Ventures

ENTSP 570X: Launching Your Startup: Proof of Concept and Financial Viability

Elective Track Options

  • Entrepreneurship
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Design
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Family financial planning
  • Social innovation
  • Vet Med

For a list of elective-track courses, contact Pol Herrmann.

Applicants to the entrepreneurship and innovation graduate certificate program must submit their transcripts and statement of purpose with their application.

The current student application is here.

The new student application is here.

For questions regarding the application process, contact busgrad@iastate.edu.

Finance

On campus in Ames
The graduate certificate in finance provides training in investment valuation and the skills necessary to value an entire company through analysis of expected cash flows based on financial statements, growth characteristics, and risk. The certificate is for graduate students and recent graduates seeking job opportunities as investors or professional money managers, who deal with efficient asset allocation in a portfolio setting, investment performance measurement, and performance evaluation.

The certificate is available on campus in Ames.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the graduate programs office at busgrad@iastate.edu.

To earn the finance certificate, participants are required to take four approved courses (12 credits). At least three credits may not be used to satisfy any other degree requirements. Participants should work with Travis Sapp, director of the master of finance program and associate professor of finance, to select courses prior to registration.

Students must maintain a grade average of 3.0 or higher. This graduate certificate may be earned either before, after, or concurrently with a master’s or doctoral degree.

Required core courses (9 credits)

FIN 510 – Advanced Corporate Finance
FIN 520 – Investments
FIN 530 – Financial Analysis and Valuation

Sample elective courses (3 credits)

FIN 515 – Case Studies in Financial Decision Making
FIN 535 – Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Mergers & Acquisitions
FIN 528 – Fixed Income Analysis and Portfolio Management
FIN 534 – Financial Derivatives

Students without a background in finance must also take FIN 501. This course will not count toward the 12 credits needed for the certificate.

Students are required to submit a Program of Study listing courses taken for the certificate.

To receive your certificate:  Submit the Certificate Completion form after your course work is complete or during the term of your last course.

Admission to the finance graduate certificate program is contingent upon satisfying the following requirements:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in business, STEM, or related field
  • Post-undergraduate work experience of two or more years is preferred
  • GPA of 3.0 or better is preferred
  • TOEFL – 100; or IELTS – 7 (international applicants only)

GMAT/GRE scores are not required. You may take up to nine credits as a non-degree seeking student before being formally admitted into the program.

For eligibility questions, please contact the program director, Travis Sapp, associate professor of finance.

How to Apply:

  • Fill out the corresponding application from the options listed below. You will need your resume and unofficial transcripts.
  • For questions about the application process, please contact busgrad@iastate.edu.

Current ISU Graduate Students

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Previous ISU Graduate Students

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New ISU Graduate Students

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Supply Chain Management

Online
The online graduate certificate in supply chain management teaches foundational concepts and applied technical skills that supply chain professionals need to effectively manage a global supply chain. The certificate is intended for graduate students and working professionals who are employed as a business analyst, supply chain analyst, or who want to move into a supply chain position.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the graduate programs office at busgrad@iastate.edu.

To earn the supply chain management certificate, students are required to take four approved courses (12 credits). At least three credits may not be used to satisfy any other degree requirements. Students should work with David Cantor, professor of supply chain management, to select courses prior to registration.

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This graduate certificate may be earned either before, after, or concurrently with a master’s or doctoral degree.

Required core courses (9 credits)
SCM 560 – Strategic Logistics Management
SCM 563 –Purchasing and Supply Management
SCM 524 – Strategic Process Analysis and Improvement

Sample elective courses (3 credits)
SCM 501– Supply Chain Management
SCM 513X – Bio-renewables in Supply Chain
SCM 520 – Decision Models for Supply Chain Management

Students are required to submit a Program of Study listing courses taken for the certificate.

To receive your certificate:  Submit the Certificate Completion form after your course work is complete or during the term of your last course.

Admission to the supply chain management graduate certificate program is contingent upon the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree; bachelor’s degree in business or related field is preferred
  • Post-undergraduate work experience of two years or more is preferred
  • GPA must meet the Graduate College admission guidelines, with at least one of the following:
    • Undergraduate degree with GPA greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
    • Completed 9-14 credits of graduate coursework with grade of B or better in all courses; or
    • Completed 15 or more credits of graduate coursework with GPA above 3.0 and no F grades.

GMAT/GRE scores are not required. You may take up to nine credits as a non-degree seeking student, before being formally admitted into the program.

For eligibility questions, please contact the program director, David Cantor, professor of supply chain management.

How to Apply

  • Fill out the corresponding application from the options listed below. You will need your resume and unofficial transcripts.
  • For questions about the application process, please contact busgrad@iastate.edu.
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Watch a recent webinar, hosted by David Cantor. Contact Nick Sloan, assistant director of graduate recruitment, with any questions.