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  • Fall Semester: August 1, 2024
  • Spring Semester: January 1, 2025
  • Summer Semester: May 1, 2025

15-Credit Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics

The Data Analytics Graduate Certificate Program prepares students to analyze and extract data from a variety of sources and use it to develop actionable strategies that improve business results. Students will understand how organizations leverage information systems and analytics and utilize data to strengthen their decision-making. 

Through this certificate, students will:

  • Identify a business problem or opportunity and how data analytics can be applied to solve the problem and/or increase business value
  • Acquire, access, assay and prepare data for analysis
  • Conduct data analysis with regard for security, privacy and ethics
  • Interpret and communicate analysis results to stakeholders without bias

Students can complete the program fully online or with a mix of in-person and online classes. Its flexible schedule is designed to meet the needs of working professionals.

Become a Skilled Analyst

The 15-credit Data Analytics Graduate Certificate includes five courses to ensure students gain a strong understanding of data analytics and learn to apply these skills in a variety of business environments.

All students take the same four courses and then each student also selects a programming language for their fifth course, either DAN 609 or DAN 610.

A hands-on data analytics course for structured data using SAS Enterprise Miner. Covers the skills that are required to assemble analysis flow diagrams using the rich tool set of SAS Enterprise Miner for both pattern discovery (segmentation, association, and sequence analyses) and predictive modeling (decision tree, regression, and neural network models). Course includes defining a SAS Enterprise Miner project and explore data graphically, modifying data for better analysis results, building, and understanding predictive models such as decision trees and regression models, comparing and explaining complex models, generating, and using score code, applying association and sequence discovery to transaction data. Upon completion, students will have a set of practical data analytics skills and know how to apply these skills in a variety of business environment and with many types of structured data.

Practical survey course covering database and data warehouse fundamentals. Emphasizes SQL (simple and complex queries), the Extract-Transformation-Load (ETL) process, relational versus non-relational databases (and why relational databases can be a problem for analysis), an exploration of different database systems (Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, etc.), data warehousing concepts, normalization/de-normalization, and cloud data warehousing. Course provides practical skills for database querying and allows provides a foundational knowledge of database concepts so that students can work better with the database administration staff.

A hands-on course emphasizing the importance of data visualization in understanding data. Designed for those who have never used data visualization software before, this course will utilize Microsoft Power BI to prepare students to create reports and dashboards at all levels of an organization. Students will learn exploratory and explanatory data analysis and learn how to ask the right questions about what is needed in a visualization. Students will assess how data and design work together and learn which visualization to use in various situations. Students will learn how to balance the goals of their stakeholders with the needs of their end-users and be able to structure and organize a digital story for maximum impact.

A survey and case study course emphasizing the importance of data privacy and security. We need to share data in organizations, but the more we share it, the more it becomes necessary to protect it. By the end of the course, students will understand the legal, social, and ethical ramifications of data security and privacy as well as the concepts behind data guardianship and custodianship and data permissions. Special attention will be given to industry-specific data privacy laws (HIPAA, FERPA, PCI DSS, etc.).

A hand-on data analytics course for structured data using the Python programming language. Covers the skills that are required to explore and prepare data prior to analysis, create several types of predictive models, and perform data clustering. It also covers skills that are required for model assessment and implementation. Models covered include decision trees, regressions, neural networks, K-means, market basket analysis, and others. Upon completion, students will have a set of practical data analytics skills and know how to apply these skills in a variety of business environments and with many types of structured data. 

This course provides students with an introduction to the SAS programming language. It is for students who want to learn how to write SAS programs to access, explore, prepare, and analyze data. The course will also cover some intermediate topics as time allows. Through a series of mini projects, students will gain a basic working knowledge of the SAS programming language.

Elevate Your Platform

During this program, you will learn to master the cutting-edge platforms at the heart of data analytics.

Leverage the Power of SAS

Through this certificate, students will get extensive experience with products from SAS, a worldwide leader in analytics software. As the demand for data analytics skills and SAS experience grows, students will gain the in-demand skills employers seek.


In 2021, more than 219,000 job postings listed SAS as a desired skill, according to Emsi, an aggregator of labor market data.


According to SAS, survey respondents say a base programming credential from SAS led to an average salary increase of 8.5%.

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