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Business Analytics Certificate

Build your competitive advantage by mastering the art of decision making by analyzing the information and analytics that matter most.

Why Earn a Business Analytics Graduate Certificate?

The online Business Analytics Graduate Certificate will prepare students to strengthen the decision-making processes through data analysis. This program offers a tight integration of the science and technology underlying business analytics to solve key business problems in the areas of operations management, sales, marketing, finance, and economics. Graduates will have the ability to strengthen their competitive position, achieve operational efficiency and anticipate trends in the marketplace.

Business analysts harness the power of mathematics, amplified by information technology, to extract knowledge from data. By using data mining and statistics, analysts provide decision makers with information to make better decisions. Managers and executives solve business problems and exploit business opportunities based on knowledge, creating competitive advantages. Business analytics can be used to identify high-value or high-risk customers, analyze consumer preferences, determine credit risk, and detect fraud, among other things.

Gain personal development, better career opportunities and enhance your knowledge to prepare for your career as a business leader.


Degrees & Offerings

Business Analytics


The curriculum of the Business Analytics specialization or certificate spans the full cycle of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics to optimize business processes in manufacturing, customer relationship management and supply chain management. Graduates will lead organizations to achieve operational efficiency, anticipate trends in the marketplace and strengthen their competitive position.

Students need to meet prerequisite requirements to be eligible for the advanced courses in this certificate program. These courses include undergraduate coursework in statistics, calculus, and information systems. The Beacom School of Business offers these courses both as online undergraduate courses and online graduate-level foundations courses. Challenge exams are also available.

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Graduate Admissions

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in economics and decision sciences.
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Economics & Decision Sciences

Analyzing and applying data is both one of the greatest opportunities and challenges modern business professionals face, and USD's Division of Economics and Decision is there to help you embrace that challenge head on.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Economics and Decisions Sciences Division. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in public policy, labor, micro- and macroeconomics and much more.
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Thomas Tiahrt

Associate Professor Decision Sciences


All Other Options
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Mike Allgrunn



Econometrics, Labor Economics, Analytics,Economics/ Managerial Economics
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Chad Birger



Data Analytics
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David Carr Ph.D.

Chair, ECON & DSCI/Professor


Economics/ Managerial Economics
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Bart Hanus

Associate Prof Decision Science


Computer or Management Information Systems
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Tom Martin



Supply Chain/ Transport/ Logistics
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Reed Muehler

Instructor Management


Strategic Management,All Other Options
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Dan Tracy



Production/Operations Management
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Sebastian Wai

Assistant Professor


Industrial Organization, Econometrics,Economics/ Managerial Economics
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Mandie Weinandt

Director, CTL/Instructor


Economics/ Managerial Economics

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
GA (Resident*)
Tuition (1 cr.)
GAF Fee (1 cr.)

More About Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change and may vary depending on the program or department. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs page for more information.

* Graduate Assistant (GA) rates are available for resident, non-resident and online students.

** Resident rates may be available to you through the SD Advantage, Child of Alumni or Western Regional Graduate Program. To see if you quality, visit

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