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Online Certificate in Business Analytics

Prepare for the Business World of the Future

Business analytics drive organizational strategy and innovation, from top-level decision-making to operations and processes. Learn to address business problems with data-driven solutions with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

The professional certificate in Business Analytics program is a part of Saint Mary’s Accelerators, a carefully crafted series of master’s-level graduate certificates. You can advance your career while meeting your personal and professional goals as you pursue the certificate in a standalone program or apply your credits as a pathway toward a master’s degree.

Earning your Business Analytics certification online allows you to explore topics in computer and data science, business, project management, and communication on your schedule. Prepare for in-demand careers as you learn to become an analyst who operates effectively, communicates clearly, and leads project teams to success.

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Why Choose the Online Certificate in Business Analytics?

Saint Mary’s online professional certificate in Business Analytics delivers the flexibility you need to advance your education on your personal schedule. Similar to learning on campus, you’ll receive personalized instruction from expert faculty and explore a rigorous curriculum designed for your career success. Complete your Business Analytics certification online in a virtual platform at the times and in the location you choose.

Program Highlights

  • Digital Badging for all Graduate Certificate Courses
  • Apply Graduate Certificate Credits to an MS BIDA or MBA
  • No Prerequisite Courses or GRE/GMAT Required

Course List & Requirements

The online professional certificate in Business Analytics from Saint Mary’s combines the latest industry tools and approaches with data visualization, business modeling, and geographic information systems coursework. Courses are taught by expert faculty who bring industry experience to the online classroom. Featuring a project-based curriculum made up of 12 credits, this program gives you specialized training to solve business problems using data science methods.

  • This course introduces advanced concepts in predictive modeling and techniques to discover patterns in data, identify variables with the most predictive power, and develop predictive models. Students are introduced to descriptive, predictive, prescriptive analytics, and optimization models. The course utilizes Microsoft Excel to engineer and analyze business models. Students identify the proper use of complete regression, optimization, and exponential smoothing models.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Utilize datasets to develop statistics and probability to predict future outcomes
    • Implement appropriate models needed to analyze and critically evaluate business objectives
    • Develop written and oral communication skills required to report on data-intensive business situations
    • Organize data-intensive content in a professional setting.
    • Execute advanced analytics techniques

  • This course explores best-practice data visualization techniques. Professional storytelling and graphic design skills are introduced. Students study effective strategies and visualization tools to communicate with business decision-makers.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Source appropriate data to create effective visualization’s
    •  a compelling story with data to drive business action
    • Design persuasive data visualizations to communicate information to the viewer
    • Build visualizations that assist in error detection and data preparation

  • This course focuses on explaining complex datasets, models, and analyses to stakeholders, including internal and external organizations and personnel of multiple disciplines. Audience analysis and effective strategic communication are studied. Students identify and analyze problems. Professionalism in both oral and written communication is expected.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Conduct stakeholder analysis and communications results
    • Identify business problems and create analytical approaches to solve them
    • Write reports based on best-practice data analysis frameworks
    • Demonstrate best practice communication techniques to visualize, explore, and act on data science findings

    Prerequisites: BIA 630, MBA 633, DIGA 605, BIA 640

  • This course introduces the concepts of spatial data creation, editing, and analysis using GIS software. Emphasis is placed on spatial concepts and understanding and utilizing standard operating procedures. Topics covered include coordinate systems, data creation, derivation, editing, metadata, proximity and overlay analysis, and cartography. Technical proficiency is a primary objective of the course, reinforced by effective practical exercises utilizing GIS software. Examples of how the geospatial industry provides location intelligence to various disciplines are explored.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Apply knowledge of principles, theories, and concepts of spatial data analysis
    • Demonstrate standard techniques for creating, editing, storing, querying, and analyzing geospatial data
    • Use cartographic design principles for visual storytelling and effective communication
    • Implement practices to promote spatial data integrity based on understanding sources of error in spatial data

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.


The professional certificate in Business Analytics online program is financial aid eligible and can be completed in one year. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don’t need GRE/GMAT scores to apply. For admission to the program, you’ll need:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • A written statement: Your background and future goals all impact your success with Saint Mary’s and inform your education. As you prepare your written statement, think about including previous experiences, education, and your strengths and interests. Share your motivations for entering the online human resource management certificate program and how it will contribute to your career

  • No prerequisite coursework is required for the Business Analytics certificate online program.

  • You don’t need GRE/GMAT scores to apply for this program.

  • Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

    An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

    Two references: Provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors.

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s Business Analytics certificate online program:

    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s Business Analytics certificate online program:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the online Business Analytics certificate.

Online Certificate in Business Analytics Careers & Salary

The Business Analytics certification online program gives you the data science and analysis skill sets you need to design innovative data solutions, communicate with stakeholders, and lead project teams. The program also helps you prepare for the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) exam. When you complete the program, you will be qualified for a variety of advanced professional opportunities. Potential careers for aspiring business analytics professionals include:

Business Intelligence Architect


Business Analyst, IT


Data Scientist


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What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate tools, data models, and ethical approaches to solve specific business problems
  • Demonstrate project management techniques through business analytics projects
  • Communicate with a variety of stakeholders and audiences
  • Evaluate ways that the organization can improve its operations through analytics

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's Business Analytics certification online program anytime. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of any semester: Spring, Summer, or Fall.

Transfer credits are not accepted for graduate certificates.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

Yes. Certain coursework requires software that is only compatible with a Windows-based PC, and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.

Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and a number of different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

No. The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's is identical to the degree offered on campus.

The Business Analytics certificate online program requires you to complete 12 credit hours of program work. You'll be able to complete your coursework in as little as two semesters.

The program is fully online.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

It's easy! Your journey to a more rewarding career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information and we'll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your Business Analytics certification online, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process.


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