Economics and Decision Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Courses available on both the Macomb and Quad-Cities campuses as well as online.

The Department of Economics and Decision Sciences offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program to graduate level students who are interested in the field of Business Analytics. This program brings together the technical skills of data mining, statistical modeling, and forecasting for data driven decision making and for solving the analytical problems of the contemporary business world. The program is designed for graduate level students in diverse backgrounds. Graduates from undergraduate programs in quantitative and biological sciences, economics, sociology, psychology, business, computer sciences, physics, mathematics, actuarial science, engineering, or education, as well as working professionals desiring to sharpen their data-analysis and business analytical skills and/or learn advanced statistical methods will especially benefit from the high-demand post-baccalaureate certificate program in business analytics.


  • DS 500 - Introduction to Business Analytics 1 s.h.
  • DS 435G or DS 535- Applied Data Mining for Business Decision Making, 3 s.h.
  • DS 490G - Statistical Software for Data Management and Decision Making, 3 s.h.
  • DS 521 - Data Visualization, 2 s.h.
  • DS 580 - Business Analytics and Forecasting, 3 s.h.
  • Directed Elective, 3 s.h.
  • Capstone Experience, (DS 523 encouraged) 3 s.h.
  • Total Hours, 18 s.h.

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Enrollment Requirements

Students who want the post-baccalaureate certificate must meet admission requirements. Non-degree students must meet the admission requirements for the Graduate School; degree students must meet the admission requirements for their degree program. The post-baccalaureate certificate program in business analytics students must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Applicants are expected to have had at least one course in introductory statistics equivalent to Stat 171 or higher. A course in calculus (equivalent to Math 137) and/or a course in linear Algebra would be desirable but is not required to fulfill the deficiencies. Students deficient in the above minimum requirements may be required to complete deficiencies before starting the post-baccalaureate certificate program in business analytics.