Business Analytics (Certificate) (Online)


Business Analytics, Cert

Online 12 cr

Sharpen your competitive edge and learn to leverage the power of big data with methods courses designed to help you solve real business problems and improve decision-making.


As big data and new technologies continue to transform business, there’s growing demand for individuals with experience in managing and analyzing data. The Certificate in Business Analytics will equip you with the skills necessary to be successful in this dynamic environment. Designed to build on any background, the 8-week courses are mobile-optimized and delivered 100 percent online, providing flexibility. While you pursue this certificate, you’ll engage with Big Ten faculty and gain access to a leading career center.

The curriculum consists of four methods courses taught by faculty with experience in the use of analytics techniques to solve real business problems. You’ll gain exposure to cutting-edge software, programming languages such as R and SQL, and the techniques used by industry to analyze data and make decisions, including statistics, data mining and simulation. With two core courses and several electives to choose from, you can tailor the certificate to fit your needs. The skills you’ll gain have broad appeal for employers and are applicable to virtually any industry, providing an edge in today’s competitive job market. Since the course credits you’ll earn are transferable, you can also roll your credits into a master’s program, including our M.S. in Business Analytics.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

MBA students wishing to pursue the certificate will not be subject to additional screening. Students seeking just a certificate will be reviewed by a faculty committee based on:

  • Bachelor’s degree: 3.0 GPA recommended*, but we will review candidates holistically (please see below). 
  • Letter of interest: Please include your background and professional goals. 
  • Professional resume: Include relevant work experience, skills, professional and community involvement and education.
  • Three References: All references must be former or current supervisors or professors. Nebraska will contact your references only if the committee deems it necessary. You do not need to include letters of recommendation.
  • Prerequisites: You are expected to have developed proficiency in using Microsoft Excel before they begin the program.

*We recommend applicants have three or more years of professional work experience. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA, but who have significant work experience (5+ years of professional experience) will be considered for the certificate program. 

Admission Deadlines

July 1 for Fall. November 1 for Spring. April 1 for Summer.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed


Business Analytics

Campus Address

301 Howard L. Hawks Hall

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