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Business Analytics Certificate

About Business Analytics Certificate

About Business Analytics Certificate

Please note: The Business Analytics Certificate application closed in December 2020 and will reopen soon. Please check back later in spring 2021 for more information.

Data has changed the way businesses make decisions and the way business leaders give their companies a competitive edge. The Professional Certificate in Business Analytics can empower graduates with the knowledge, tools and decision-making skills to solve businesses’ most pressing problems, while advancing their professional careers in the exciting and fast-growing field of data analytics.

The certificate can be completed in conjunction with other graduate programs, including an MBA, by taking the certificate courses as electives. For those wanting to further enhance their expertise in business analytics, the certificate can also be used as a stepping stone to the MS Business Analytics graduate program.


In order to earn the Professional Certificate in Business Analytics, a student must complete the program coursework as follows:

Professional Certificate in Business Analytics Coursework
Course NumberCourse TitleUnitsTypical Term
Required Prerequisite*
GSB 512*Quantitative Analysis4Intersession I
Required Core Course
GSB 520Data Management for Business Analytics4Fall
Additional Required Core Course
(choose one course from the following)
GSE 524
Computing & Machine Learning for Economics4Fall
GSB 530
Data Analytics and Mining for Business4Winter
(choose 4 units from the following)**
GSB 510Data Visualization and Communication in Business4Intersession II
GSB 516Strategic Marketing Analytics4Winter
GSB 570Adv. Special Topics: Data Ethics for Analytics2Spring
GSB 570Adv. Special Topics: Python Fundamentals2Spring
GSB 570Adv. Special Topics: People Analytics2Spring

For course descriptions click HERE to see the Cal Poly catalog. 
To see Business Analytics Certificate sample schedules, click HERE

* Students may substitute IME 503 or GSE 518 for GSB 512, if already part of an existing graduate study plan. The prerequisite may be waived if the student’s undergraduate major (or minor) is Statistics, Applied Math, or similar quantitative coursework with approval from the Program Director.
** Other analytics-related courses may be used to satisfy the elective requirement, upon approval from the Program Director.