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Certificate in Business Analytics


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Learn how to transform data into something meaningful and actionable while increasing your earning potential.

With a Certificate in Business Analytics (CBA) from Clark’s Graduate School of Management (GSOM), you’ll gain the deep analytical skills needed for the big data age. The program equips you with the skills to interpret data, formulate insights, and communicate your findings effectively — whether you’re a manager who needs to renew skills and techniques in analytics, an entrepreneur with innovative ideas for using big data, or a working professional and hope to better interpret your findings, in any field.

Courses are focused on the strategic use of data, providing a foundation that can be applied to fields such as business administration, public administration, policy analytics, health management, and education. If you decide to pursue a master’s degree in business analytics, all of your certificate courses can be applied to our degree program.

Why Study at Clark?

  • Earn a focused, five-course certificate that will help you become adept at using analytics software and interpreting results.
  • Complete the flexible program at your pace, including through evening classes ideally suited to working professionals.
  • Study at an AACSB-accredited business school within a leading liberal arts-based research university.
  • Work closely with world-class faculty who are leading scholars and practitioners in their fields.

Applying big data to big health

Professor Pankush Kalgotra received his Ph.D. in management science and information systems from Oklahoma State University. His research interests include health care analytics, network science, and neuroimaging in information systems.

Clark students develop capabilities to discover new problems through analytics, create predictive and optimization models, and tell a story in a simple manner.

The Essentials

Program Overview

Clark’s CBA program focuses on the application of analytics, combining theory with skill-building. Topics covered include database and data handling, business intelligence, and digital marketing analytics. The program does not require any prior expertise in statistics or programming, and can typically be completed in three semesters.

Upon completion of the certificate, students can seamlessly enter our M.S. in Business Analytics program if desired. All courses within the certificate count toward the requirements of the master’s degree.

The program covers the basics of descriptive analytics (what happened), diagnostic analytics (why it happened), predictive analytics (what will happen), and prescriptive analytics (how we can make it happen). Coursework includes online, hybrid, and in-person classes.

  • Foundations of Analytics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Database Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • Applied Business Analytics
  • Internship or experiential learning elective
  • Attend guest speaker series and panel discussions that bring executives from corporations around the world to the Clark campus.
  • Participate in networking events specifically created for business analytics students.
  • Take part in group projects benefitting our urban community.
  • Join Graduate School of Management student clubs and organizations, including the Clark Business Analytics Association.


  • 5 course units
  • 1 internship or experiential learning elective

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