Business Analytics (Graduate Certificate)

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Learn the fundamentals behind business analytics.

A Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics from Creighton University’s Heider College of Business can help you learn the core concepts behind business analytics in less than one year. You’ll use real-world data sets to develop skills to manage and analyze critical data as well as learn how to communicate your findings to key decision makers in your organization. Skills and techniques learned in this program can be applied in various settings to help make better business decisions and keep your company running smoothly.

Prepare for a future focused on analytics.

There’s no time like the present to further your education in business analytics. Demand for business professionals with a background in analytics is booming.

Out of over 535,000 finance and insurance industry related job postings listed in January 2017, 77% of them were considered to be analytics-enabled positions, according to research conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). In addition, a study done by the Business-Higher Education Forum found that 69% of employers will prefer job candidates with analytical skills by 2021.

Employers are searching for financial experts who can pull together and manage the proper data, pinpoint key takeaways from that information, and make important business decisions based on their findings to move their companies forward.

Designed for working professionals.

Creighton University’s Business Analytics Graduate Certificate program is designed with your schedule in mind. Classes are held in the evenings on-campus at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. In addition, you can customize the curriculum to fit your career goals with two elective courses. A full listing of courses can be found in the curriculum section below.

Courses included in the curriculum for this graduate certificate can also be applied toward a Master of Science in Analytics. After completing this certificate program, students can complete additional coursework to complete their master’s degree.


To earn the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics at Creighton University, you must complete 15 credits:

  • Core Courses
    • BIA 762 – Survey of Business Intelligence and Analytics
    • BIA 772 – Data Visual Analysis and Visualization
    • BIA 782 – Database Management Systems
  • Elective Courses – Choose two from the following based on your area of interest:
    • BIA 741 – Introduction to Business and Data Analytics
    • BIA 742 – Predictive Analysis
    • BIA 746 – Applications of Optimization Modeling
    • BIA 780 – Applications of Artificial Intelligence
    • BIA 792 – Database Warehousing and Advanced Database Systems


This course listing can also be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

Read more about the program goals of Graduate Study in Business Intelligence and Analytics.


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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree, regardless of field, with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must include proficiency in computer programming and at least one undergraduate statistics course that covered correlation and regression. You may complete a noncredit statistics tutorial and/or a one-credit computer programming course to fulfill these requirements
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting


A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

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Tuition & Scholarships

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Master's Degree & Dual Degree Programs

Credits earned for this graduate certificate can be applied toward a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics degree.


Important Dates & Deadlines

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August August 1
February January 2
May April 15
July June 1