Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics


Data-driven decision making is critical in the current economic and business climate across industries. It is especially important and needed given the immense amounts of data-centric work in the Washington, D.C. region, which, with its unique intersection of federal government agencies, Fortune 500 businesses, and other highly advanced and tech-savvy companies, is a true epicenter of data analytics. This graduate certificate prepares students to succeed in the era of “Big Data” by equipping them with the advanced analytical techniques needed to extract meaningful insights from large data sets.


Certificate Requirements

  • Completion of 12 credits of the coursework listed below to be eligible for completion
  • Achievement of at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of completion
  • Complete all requirements within five (5) years

In addition, students should be aware of the following course application limitations:

  • Students may only apply a course towards two program requirements (ie MBAD 6224 may only be applied towards the MBA and one graduate certificate – the course cannot be applied towards the requirements of any other degree or certificate program beyond the two programs)
  • Students who opt to complete two graduate certificates may only double count up to six credits between the two.  All remaining requirements (typically 18 credits for two certificates) must be unique to each certificate

Required Courses • 9 Credits

Statistics • 3 Credits

  • MBAD 6224 | Decision Making and Data Analysis (3 cr.)* OR
  • DNSC 6202 | Mathematics and Statistics for Management (3 cr.)* OR
  • DNSC 6203 | Statistics for Analytics (1.5 cr.) AND
    • DNSC 6206 | Stochastic Fndn: Prob. Models (1.5 cr.)

Students may choose to complete either MBAD 6224, DNSC 6202, or the combination of DNSC 6203 and DNSC 6206. Students who opt to complete MBAD 6224 or DNSC 6202 must attain a grade of B+ or better.  Students who do not attain a B+ or better will be required to complete DNSC 6202 and DNSC 6203.

Additional required courses • 6 Credits

  • DNSC 6211 | Programming for Analytics
  • DNSC 6279 | Data Mining

Electives • 3 Credits

  • DNSC 6209 | Forecasting for Analytics
  • DNSC 6214 | Pricing and Revenue Management
  • DNSC 6215 | Social Network Analytics
  • DNSC 6225 | Business Process Simulation
  • DNSC 6251 | Optimization Models for Decision Making
  • DNSC 6252 | Risk Analysis for Decision Making
  • DNSC 6403 | Visualization for Analytics
  • DNSC 6404 | Sports Analytics
  • DNSC 6290 | Special Topics: Big Data
  • DNSC 6290 | Special Topics: Digital Analytics
  • DNSC 6290 | Special Topics: Supply Chain Analytics

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