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Online Business Analytics Graduate Certificate | Business Analytics Online

Competitive Knowledge

Create a competitive advantage with knowledge- driven decision making.

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.

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.

Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Economics and Decision Sciences Division in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

The required coursework for the online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics can be applied toward a Master of Business Administration with Business Analytics specialization.

For more information about the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at

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