UMass Boston

Business Analytics Certificate

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Gain the necessary analytical skills to get ahead.

As a student pursuing the Business Analytics graduate certificate* at UMass Boston, you’ll acquire the skills you need to guide business operations towards achieving strategic objectives in any industry, from health care to finance and retail. Understanding and learning Business Analytics (BA) is becoming a necessity for all business professionals. This online certificate consists of four courses focused on the transformative capabilities of BA and the technologies needed for implementation.

*Course credit from a certificate will count toward a graduate degree in Business Administration (MBA), Business Analytics, or Information Technology should you choose to continue.

In this program, you will:

  • Be able to effectively analyze data to inform business decisions and strategies
  • Use various tools and techniques to collect, clean, and manage large datasets, including machine learning and data mining algorithms
  • Learn to effectively communicate your findings to various stakeholders and make recommendations for action based on their analysis

Career Possibilities

Analyze data and identify patterns or trends to make informed decisions as a business analyst. Implement statistical models to analyze large datasets as a data scientist. Or, conduct research to understand consumer behavior and preferences as a market research analyst. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Become a(n):

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Operations Research Analyst

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How to Apply

Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

  • A minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or international equivalent) in all undergraduate work
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing or an international equivalent at the time of enrollment
  • Official transcripts for all institutions where you have earned more than 6 credits
  • One (1) letter of recommendation
  • Statement of intent essay: This statement is your opportunity to show the graduate admissions committee why you wish to pursue graduate study, as well as your specific interest and goals.
  • Applicants who completed the majority of their undergraduate coursework outside of the United States are typically required to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo English proficiency test scores.

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: June 1 for fall, October 1 (priority deadline) or December 1 (final deadline) for spring

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website


Required Courses (12 Credits)

  • MSIS 656 - Information Storage Management 3 Credit(s)
  • MSIS 670 - Enterprise Business Intelligence 3 Credit(s)
  • MSIS 671 - Enterprise Data Warehousing for Business Intelligence 3 Credit(s)
  • MSIS 672 - Enterprise Data Mining and Predictive Analytics 3 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Complete twelve credits from four required courses.

Statute of limitations: Three years.


Graduate Program Director Romilla Syed
(617) 287-7014

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