The state-of-the-art foundations in business analytics graduate certificate is designed with input from leading employers to give you a competitive skill set for the job market.

The graduate certificate in foundations in business analytics at University of Maryland Global Campus combines study in technical and business disciplines to help you become a powerful data analyst with strong career potential. You'll learn how to manage and manipulate data and make strategic data-driven recommendations to influence business outcomes.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Foundations in Business Analytics Graduate Certificate

The curriculum for the foundations in business analytics graduate certificate is crafted, reviewed, and updated by a team of advisors and industry experts to ensure that what you learn aligns with the trends and technologies in the workplace today.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Transform big data into actionable insights using advanced analytics software
  • Manage data analytics projects, present findings, and make strategic recommendations to organizational leadership
  • Evaluate modeling approaches for data analysis and predictive analysis
  • Design and deploy databases and dimensional models
  • Apply advanced data warehousing and data mining methods
  • Manage infrastructure systems to ensure the quality, security, and privacy of data

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Apply predictive modeling, decision theory, and big data analytics to projects from a range of industries
  • Use regression analysis and univariate and multivariate research methods on big data systems
  • Develop expertise manipulating large data sets using IBM SPSS Modeler, SAS Enterprise Miner, and Tableau, among other software applications
  • Build key leadership competencies in presentation, persuasion, and negotiation

Foundations in Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
  • DATA 610
  • DATA 620

Courses must be taken in the order listed.

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMGC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • If you apply credits from your graduate certificate to a related master's degree, then you must apply for your certificate once you have completed its requirements before finishing the master's requirements.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0). Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits, if applicable, must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

Career Preparation

This certificate is designed to help you prepare for work in database design, data warehousing, data mining, data modeling, and predictive analytics.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend a background in software programming and statistics. If you do not have demonstrated experience or prior coursework in programming, you may be required to complete additional coursework. If you have not taken programming courses, we strongly recommend you take UCSP 635 and UCSP 636 or equivalent. If you lack a background in statistics, you must take STAT 200 or equivalent. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Program Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, you must meet the standard criteria for graduate admission at UMGC and provide one of the following:

  • An official transcript reflecting completion of coursework at the 200-level or higher in statistics and computer programming from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade of B (credit from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Proof of industry certification, such as IBM certification in Cognos, Risk Analytics, SPSS, SAS certification, Microsoft certification, Certified Analytics Professional, Certified Business Intelligence Professional, or Certified Health Data Analyst

Note: The complete admission file must be reviewed before you can enroll in DATA 610.

Student Clubs and Organizations

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    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

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    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

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