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 program director, Drew Zhang, PhD.
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 544X – Social Media Analytics*
MIS 546 – Advanced Business Analytics*
MKT 552X – Marketing Analytics
MIS 515X – Business Data
STAT 526 – Applied Statistics Modeling*
STAT 528X – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.