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Coming fall 2023

The Business Analytics graduate certificate features selected courses from our Master of Business Administration curriculum that help you develop the analytical skills you need to manage organizations successfully.


To be eligible for this certificate, you must apply to SFA as a graduate student and be admitted to pursue graduate coursework.

Any person who has earned an undergraduate degree and any undergraduate major can apply. Generally, if you have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, you are a candidate for clear admission.

After acceptance, non-business majors who do not have extensive managerial experience may need to complete some leveling work.


The certificate program consists of 12 semester hours (four courses), which may be taken as part of the MBA program, another graduate degree, or without completion of a graduate degree. You can complete these courses in as little as two semesters.

  • BUSI 5380: Applied Business Analytics and Data Visualization
  • One of the following:
    • ACCT 5366: Advanced Statistical Methods and Data Analytics for Detecting Fraud
    • ECON 5325: Data Driven Decision Making
    • MGMT 5380: Quantitative Management Applications
  • FINC 5314: Advanced Financial Management
  • ECON 5320: Managerial Economics

The courses are taught face-to-face or via Zoom (synchronous) in the evenings, with one course offered as an asynchronous online course. Because this certificate is offered through a hybrid approach, you can complete it no matter where you live.

Business Analytics Certificate benefits both employees and employers


In addition to providing the marketable analytical skills you need to be successful in business, this certificate can help you further advance your career in business analytics.

Plus, the courses in this certificate program complete one-third of the requirements for an MBA. To earn the MBA, you must apply to the MBA program and complete 36 credit hours.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for the following analysts will increase by these percentages between 2020 and 2030: 14% for management analysts, 25% for operational research analysts, 22% for market research analysts, and 6% for financial analysts.


Jason Reese, PhD
MBA Director and Associate Dean of Finance and Administration


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