Online Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate
Data science and analytics continue to redefine the business world, and their impact on the job market shows no signs of slowing down. The projected growth rate for data science jobs through 2031 is 36%, which is much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.1
The Online Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate from William & Mary combines the prestige of a “Public Ivy” business education with the agility of a short-term, targeted professional skills-development program. In just three courses that can be completed in little more than one semester, you will learn key business analytics tools and skills that can help launch you into analytics-driven roles or provide your point of entry into the Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program.
About the Certificate
Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate by the Numbers
A Foundation for Business Analytics Success
Our Online MS in Business Analytics program is designed around four content pillars that we have identified as essential to success in the field—business acumen, math modeling, computing technologies and communicating with impact. The three business analytics courses that make up this certificate provide the foundations to these pillars, skills in each area upon which deeper expertise can be built.
The “Probability and Statistics with R course provides essential background knowledge for the complex mathematical modeling that analytics roles demand. The “Business Modeling with Python” course builds your knowledge in the most essential languages to contemporary analytics computing technologies. Finally, the program’s culminating course, “Competing Through Business Analytics,” ties these skills together with business acumen and communicational fluency, preparing you to apply business analytics tools in any organization.
And when you complete your coursework for this certificate program, it could be just the beginning of your analytics education. The three courses of the business analytics certificate program comprise the prerequisites and first required course of the Online MSBA program. Students who complete the Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate program in good standing are invited to apply to the Online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program with no additional application requirements, and all credits from the certificate may be applied toward completion of the MSBA.
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Online Foundations in Business Analytics Courses Overview
BUAD 512A Probability and Statistics with R (4 credits)
BUAD 512B R Business Modeling with Python (4 credits)
BUAD 5112 Competing Through Business Analytics (4 credits)
Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate at a Glance
- Complete in just over one semester
- 100% online
- No residency or on-campus requirement
- Multiple opportunities to start per year
- Study with our faculty of industry experts
- Completion in good standing can fulfill admissions requirements for the Online MSBA program
- All credits can be applied to Online MSBA
Application Requirements for the Online Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate
The Online Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate is designed to be an opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing an analytics career, at any professional level, to move into this dynamic field. To promote this level of accessibility, the application requirements for the program are as follows:
- A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university
- One short essay
- Essay topic: Please explain what has led you to pursue the Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate. How do you plan to apply the certificate to your career goals?
We want to ensure you can take advantage of this opportunity to transition into a rewarding new analytics career. Feel free to schedule a call with an Admissions Outreach Advisor if you have any questions about the Online Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate, or about using it to transition into the Online MSBA program.
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