Graduate Certificate - Business Analytics


Program Description

Add Data-Based Analysis to Your Business Acumen

Elevate your business career with statistics and logical thinking skills. With expertise in business analytics, you can identify organizational needs and provide solutions based on real-world information. Other responsibilities might include the following:

  • Collect and analyze statistical information.
  • Drive strategic plans that guide organizational success.
  • Acquire solid redistributed data and interpret it accurately.
  • Spot trends and make projections.

What Will I Learn in this Certificate Program?

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is designed for modern learners who want to broaden their skills in designing, developing, and implementing enterprise-level business analytics solutions for improved decision-making. Become an invaluable asset to any organization looking to increase growth, while decreasing cost and waste.

Courses cover an entire spectrum of business analytics, including:

  • Foundations of data analytics
  • Data mining and visualization
  • Predictive analytics

The transcribable, nationally recognized certificate serves as a “stackable credential” to emphasize your expertise in the area. Continue working toward a full degree, or highlight the certificate as a testament to your investment in your professional future.

Students interested in these courses should have experience or recent course work in programming, statistics, and databases, as well as, the ability to grasp and understand the fundamental principles of business analytics.

Courses in this Certificate

This 12 credit-hour, stand-alone program consists of four, three-credit courses:

  • MIS500 Foundations of Data Analytics
  • MIS510 Data Mining and Visualization
  • MIS530 Predictive Analytics
  • MIS542 Business Analytics

Why You Should Earn Your Online Graduate Certificate

We understand that in today’s changing economy, stackable credentials are an important tool you can utilize immediately while building credits toward a full degree. With a graduate certificate from CSU Global, you can prove proficiency in a specific subject with your stand-alone, transcribable, nationally recognized credentials. Get promoted or work toward a full degree. And with our Tuition Guarantee, your affordable tuition rate won’t increase over time.

  • Online accredited degrees
  • No set times or locations
  • Monthly class start
  • Accelerated courses

Learn Valuable Skills

As a student earning your Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, you get access to the complete field -- from requirement collection to emerging topics like big data and predictive analytics. Specific learning outcomes include the following:

  • Demonstrate the principles of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.
  • Develop essential skills for applying data-analytics techniques and providing analytical results.
  • Design and implement analytics solutions that align with organizational strategies.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Standard Admission

Applicants are eligible for admission into a graduate program if they have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale) is preferred. For those applicants with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.00, a graduate degree (or higher) GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) can also be used for admission. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00 may apply for Provisional Admission. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.00 and a graduate GPA lower than 3.00 may also apply for Provisional Admission.

Graduate Conditional Admission

Applicants who have submitted copies of unofficial transcripts from all prior institutions may be admitted conditionally upon recommendation of the Admissions Committee or its designee. The unofficial transcripts must demonstrate the applicant is qualified for admission (pending receipt of official transcripts).

Students admitted conditionally cannot begin courses in their first term until all official transcripts are on file with the university. If all official transcripts are not on file by the start of the term, the student will need to postpone to a later start date.

Students will be notified that they have achieved full admit status once all official transcripts have been received.

Graduate Provisional Admission

If the applicant does not qualify for standard admission or was suspended, expelled, or placed on academic warning/probation at their most recent institution, CSU Global may admit an applicant under provisional status if the application meets the minimum rubric requirements and is recommended by the Admissions Committee or Provost. CSU Global reserves the right to access and review academic history as deemed relevant. Each provisional application will be reviewed under the Provisional Admissions Rubric. It is highly recommended applicants take their time preparing all materials for consideration. In addition to other application materials, applicants seeking admission under provisional status must also submit:

  • A formal, written, 500-word Statement of Purpose
  • A detailed professional resume that includes all collegiate work, professional employment, special skills or competencies, publications, exhibitions, prizes, awards, and service activities.
  • SmarterMeasure Assessment

Students admitted provisionally may not begin courses in their first term until all official transcripts and/or the Admit Less Credit Form are on file with the university. The applicant will be notified of any additional conditions or coursework beyond the standard degree requirement prior to enrollment and may be limited to an enrollment of one course during their first term. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their provisional admission status may be denied admission and administratively withdrawn. Students who are denied admission may appeal the decision by completing the "Re-Entry Appeal" form. All outstanding student account balances must be paid in full and all official transcripts must be on file prior to consideration of the appeal by the Student Success Committee. If a re-entry appeal is approved, financial aid eligibility is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if a student would qualify to receive federal student loans.

Graduate students may be considered for provisional admission if there are positive indicators of graduate success through a review of additional documentation (e.g., high GRE or GMAT scores, undergraduate performance in upper-division courses, graduate course success, relevant professional experience, or outstanding professional achievement).

Graduate applicants who do not meet standard admissions requirements or who have content-area deficiencies may be required to complete RES500 Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis or RES501 Fundamentals of Research and Writing as part of their degree requirements. These courses prepare students to successfully meet the learning objectives of their degree program.

Once provisionally admitted, students must complete six (6) credit hours and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and a course completion rate of 66.66% or higher in order to be eligible for full admission. When the conditions are met, the student will be notified they have achieved full admission status.

Graduate International Admission

International applicants are defined as individuals who either completed their prior education at a foreign (non-English) institution or are non-native English speakers. Please note that CSU Global is not a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified school and does not participate in issuing or recertification of student visas.

In addition to meeting standard admissions requirements, international applicants interested in enrolling in courses at CSU Global must submit documentation of English proficiency. While alternative English proficiency measurements may be considered for provisional admission, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams are preferred. Applicants must arrange to have official score reports sent directly from the testing agency to CSU- Global. The TOEFL score recovery code CSU Global is 8824. Unofficial score photocopies and test scores older than two (2) years will not be accepted.

Graduate applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at a non-U.S. institution must have their transcripts reviewed by an approved evaluation service in order to be considered for admission. Official transcript evaluations must be sent directly from the evaluation service to CSU Global. Approved evaluation services are listed at Transcripts evaluated by AACRAO are also accepted. As a minimum, the evaluation must indicate equivalency to the completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university and include cumulative GPA. Graduate applicants who have not completed with an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution located in the United States or in one of the English speaking countries listed on the CIA World Factbook website must also demonstrate an appropriate level of English language proficiency. These students must submit one of the following to be eligible for admission:

  • The internet-based or paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 60 on the Internet exam, 173 on the computer exam, or 500 on the paper exam is required for admittance.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), including academic writing and academic reading modules. A minimum score of 5.0 is required for admittance.
  • An official transcript indicating completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  • An official transcript indicating a grade of C or higher (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) in an English composition course from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university. The course must be equivalent to U.S college composition and the class must have been completed within the last (2) years.
  • An official transcript indicating the applicant has passed the U.S. General Education Development (GED) test within the last five (5) years.
  • An official transcript showing completion of a baccalaureate or master's level credential from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with an overall GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher.

All scores or transcripts must be sent directly to CSU Global directly from the issuing organization. Photocopied, faxed, emailed, or unofficial documents will not be accepted.

Non-Degree Seeking Status Requirements

Non-degree seeking (NDS) status is designed for students who do not intend to become degree-seeking, and those who do not currently meet degree-seeking requirements. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid and are subject to the same institutional requirements as degree-seeking students.

Applicants must submit an application for non-degree seeking status in order to be admitted. Students who take courses in NDS status may later apply for a degree program if they meet the minimum requirements for admission. Applications for degree-seeking status will only be accepted for the next available term after the admissions criteria have been met.

Non-degree seeking students who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or fail to pay student account balances as required may be administratively withdrawn.

Graduate Students

Graduate students may complete up to 12 credit hours but attempt no more than 18 credit hours at CSU Global in non-degree seeking status. Prior to the completion of the 12 credit hours, NDS students must apply for admission to a degree program or submit the “Lifelong Learner Acknowledgment” form if they wish to continue to take courses in non-degree seeking status.

To be eligible for admission to a graduate degree program, NDS students must:

  • Meet all current admission criteria for degree-seeking status, including minimum undergraduate GPA requirements and completion of a regionally accredited bachelor's degree.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards at CSU Global, cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 66.66% completion rate.
  • Have all outstanding account balances paid in full.
  • Have official transcripts on file with proof of a Bachelor's degree.
  • Non-degree seeking students pursuing a Certificate of Completion cannot complete all requirements through CSU Global's Credit by Exam program.

Lifelong Learners

Students may request to enroll at CSU Global as Lifelong Learners to take courses for personal or professional enrichment rather than for degree-seeking purposes. Lifelong Learners who wish to enroll in graduate-level courses must submit official transcripts documenting completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree. Lifelong Learners are not eligible for financial aid and are subject to the same institutional requirements as degree-seeking students.

Lifelong Learners may apply to become degree-seeking if all admissions and degree requirements for their degree program of interest are met. No more than 15 undergraduate credits or 12 graduate credits earned in a non-degree seeking status may be applied towards graduation and degree requirements. All courses taken at CSU Global will calculate the cumulative GPA. Duplicative credit will not be accepted in transfer by CSU Global.

Last updated Mar 2020

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