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Graduate Certificate in 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.

“The Business Analytics program is great because students gain so much practical knowledge. Many of our students interact with real world companies, helping them implement databases so that they can have that as a takeaway product to show what they've been able to do.”

—Dustin Ormond, PhD | Assistant Professor, Heider College of Business

You’ll practice advanced data analytics, learning to solve complex problems and drive decision-making processes—and because Jesuit values are infused in every program at Creighton, you’ll learn all those things through a lens of spirited inquiry, social justice and service to others.

Prepare for a future focused on analytics

There’s no time like the present to further your education in business analytics. Out of over 535,000 finance and insurance industry related job postings listed in January 2017, 77% of them were analytics-enabled positions, according to research conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).

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

A program designed to fit your busy schedule

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.

You can complete this certificate program in about a year. If you decide to pursue a master’s degree, your credits can be applied to a Master of Science in Analytics or a Master of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics, which adds just another year or so to your studies once you’ve earned the certificate.

Program At A Glance

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

This program is offered On Campus

Application Deadline

August 1

January 15

April 15

June 1


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Proficiency in programming and undergrad statistics experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Additional requirements for international students


Program Goals and Curriculum

To earn a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics at Creighton University, you must complete 15 credit hours:

  • Core Courses
    • Survey of Business Intelligence and Analytics
    • Data Visual Analysis and Visualization
    • Database Management Systems
  • Elective Courses (Choose two)
    • Introduction to Business and Data Analytics
    • Predictive Analysis
    • Applications of Optimization Modeling
    • Applications of Artificial Intelligence
    • Database Warehousing and Advanced Database Systems

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Our respected faculty at Creighton strives to help students in the business analytics certificate program strengthen their skills, expand their knowledge and work to achieve their goals.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application & submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • 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)
  • Submit a personal statement: 300-500 words that explains why you’re interested in Creighton and this program in particular, as well as what you plan to do with your certificate
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members

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

International applicants must:

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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Credits earned for this graduate certificate can be applied toward a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics degree, which can also be combined with an MBA for a dual degree.

Master of Science in Analytics (33 credits)

  • In the MS in Analytics program, you’ll gain practical knowledge in predictive and prescriptive analytics, data visualization and modeling, machine learning, database management, research and more.
  • Available online

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Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (33 credits)

  • In the MS in Business Intelligence and Analytics program, you’ll learn to manage data from a variety of sources, use analytical tools to gain insights from that data, and effectively communicate results to decision makers within your organization.
  • Available online and hybrid

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Dual Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA) / MS in Business Intelligence and Analytics

  • Combine the business focus of the MBA program with the data and technology aspects of analytics. Earn two master’s degrees in a short amount of time.
  • Available in on-campus, online, or hybrid formats

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Learn about how to fund your investment in education at the Creighton Financial Aid Office.

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