Program Summary

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Online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

This program is AACSB accredited

Learn how to make informed, data-driven business decisions with Penn State's 9-credit online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. Learn how to apply data analytics to meet your organization's business objectives — and leverage this information to gain a competitive advantage.

The Penn State Difference

Offered in partnership with the Penn State Smeal College of Business, you can learn from the same faculty who teach in resident programs at Smeal, which is AACSB–accredited and consistently recognized by employers for having outstanding graduates.

Business Analytics Curriculum: More Than Predictive Analytics

The focus of the business analytics curriculum is to explore and analyze data to support data-driven business decisions through the complete spectrum of analytics activities: descriptive (what happened), diagnostic (why it happened), predictive (what will happen), and prescriptive (what should happen). In addition to learning how to use optimization and forecasting techniques, you can gain a practical skill set to perform tasks in various areas of business, such as marketing, supply chain management, operations, and risk management.

Start with a Business Analytics Certificate and Step Up to a Master's Degree

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics consists of three courses from the Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics – Business Analytics option. You can begin by pursuing the certificate, and then choose to continue and apply to the master's degree program. If you apply and are accepted to the master's degree program, you can apply the 9 credits from the certificate toward the degree.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.