The graduate certificate program 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.

The curriculum 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.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Foundations in Business Analytics Graduate Certificate

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

Total Credits Required: 12

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

Course Rules and Program Progression

Courses must be taken in the order listed.

Overall Certificate Requirements

Review the overall graduate certificate requirements on the certificates overview webpage.

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 UCSP 630 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 (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

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Computing Club aims to create a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields.

    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    This club provides opportunities for students to learn more about the field of marketing, discuss their shared interests, and network with classmates and faculty members.