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2022-2023 GSU Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 GSU Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Analytics Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is designed to prepare students with foundational concepts in business analytics including problem solving and analytics techniques, as well as use of several software tools and datasets for reporting, visualizations, and descriptive and predictive analytics.

The certificate is offered through the College of Business and is open to professionals and graduate students from any program. Coursework in the certificate may also be applied to the MS in Business Analytics, although additional admission requirements may have to be met.


Special Admissions

Special Admission Requirements

  1. a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative G.P.A of 3.0 or higher. This G.P.A. requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed a master’s degree or other post-baccalaureate certificates from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. the applicant’s transcript should document completion of a bachelor’s degree in an area such as business analytics, computer science, engineering, information technology, management information systems, math, or a closely related area. Applicants without one of the above related undergraduate degrees may be required to demonstrate technical knowledge via work experience or a technical proficiency skills assessment.
  3. a one-page, double spaced statement of intent which discusses personal goals and reasons for pursuing a certificate in business analytics and how the certificate is going to help reach those goals. The statement of intent offers applicants the opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills; and
  4. a professional resume



  • Statistics Course (descriptive and inferential statistics, including hypothesis testing, normal distribution theory, regression analysis)
  • Basic programming (variables, syntax, objects, libraries/modules/packages
  • Basic spreadsheet analysis (formulas, charts, pivot tables),
  • Basic database skills (fields, tables, queries).

Prerequisites may be waived if the student is able to demonstrate proficiency through equivalent coursework, work experience, or certifications.

Required Courses (12 Hours)

In order to receive the Business Analytics Certificate, students must complete each required course with a grade of “B” or better and submit the application for award of certificate to their advisor.

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