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 University College 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 2017–2018 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 UMUC student.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMUC 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

You must provide one of the following criteria:

  • A score in the 75th percentile on the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Exam, known as GRE, or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test, known as GMAT
  • One of the following industry certifications:
    • IBM certification in Cognos, Risk Analytics, or SPSS
    • SAS certification in Foundation, Analytics, Administration, Data Management, or Enterprise Business Intelligence
    • Microsoft certification, such as MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, MCSM, or MCDBA
    • Certified Business Intelligence Professional
    • Certified Analytics Professional
    • Certified Data Management Professional
    • Certified Health Data Analyst
  • Coursework at the 200-level or higher in linear algebra, calculus, discrete mathematics, probability, statistics, hypothesis testing, estimation, computer programming, data structures, database development, or data mining 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); official transcripts are required

If you do not have demonstrated experience or prior coursework in software programming, you may be admitted but required to complete additional coursework.

Apply Your Certificate Credits Toward a Degree

Courses in this certificate can also be applied toward

Student Clubs and Organizations

Computing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Computing Club allows its student members to share experiences and offer each other guidance on academic major and career options. Club events provide opportunities for professional socialization and networking, and members are privy to club resources that will help them further their education and careers.

Marketing Club

Type: Academic club
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.

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