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Certificate in Business Analytics

Enhance your Graduate Degree With the Certificate in Business Analytics

Develop data analytics skills geared to your business specialization

Graduate students earning an MBA, MS, or MAcc in the Wisconsin School of Business may also earn a Certificate in Business Analytics. The certificate offers the opportunity to build on the business perspective you develop through your specialization coursework as you study business operations, communications, and decision-making.

As demand for critical data analytics skills grows, you can develop these skills in your business specialization with this flexible certificate.

If you graduate in the spring or summer semester, you must apply by December 15th of the previous year. If you graduate in the fall semester, you must apply by April 15th of your graduating year.


Certificate Declare/Withdraw

Use MyGradPortal (accessible through MyUW) to declare, change, or withdraw certificates.

Completion form

Graduate students should submit the Completion Form the semester certificate coursework is completed, which may be the semester of graduation.

Credit Overload Form »

Frequently Asked Questions

No. At this time, only MBA, MS, and MAcc students in the Wisconsin School of Business are eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.


No. If you want to exceed 15 credits in any one semester, you must apply for approval using the UW protocol, including submitting a Credit Overload Form.

No. The certificate does not provide priority access to any classes. Furthermore, all stated prerequisites and course requirements apply to all students regardless of the certificate.


Earlier is better, but you must apply at least one semester (two if you graduate during the summer) prior to your graduation semester.

If you graduate in the spring or summer semester, you must apply by December 15 of the previous year.

If you graduate in the fall semester, you must apply by April 15 of your graduating year.

If you decide not to pursue the certificate, please complete the Withdrawal Form.

Please refer to My Course Guide in MyUW for official course offering information. Typical semester offerings are subject to change.

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics (9-12 credits) has three requirements:

Elective courses are chosen from two knowledge areas:

Learn more about certificate requirements below.

Please note that the Personal Reflection Executive Summary and the Completion Form must be filled out at least 2 weeks prior to the end of your graduating semester.

Required Foundation Course


Knowledge Area Courses

Note: Typical semesters offered subject to change

Personal Reflection Executive Summary

In addition to completing required coursework, students will write and submit an executive summary of a project in one of the certificate courses.

The Personal Reflection Executive Summary must include:

  1. Questions addressed by the project
  2. Rationale for the design of the model
  3. Justification for recommendations
  4. Additional modifications to your model you would suggest based on your analytical coursework.
  5. Personal learnings gained through the process

The executive summary is expected to be roughly three pages, double-spaced, and written for a reader who is technically strong but unfamiliar with your project. It is separate and apart from the chosen certificate courses and you will receive more information from the certificate administrator(s) during your graduating semester.

Course Options by Specialization

After reading the Program Overview, you should ask your advisor to help you select your certificate curriculum to complement your program and expand on the breadth of your graduate degree.

Please feel free to direct questions to the certificate administrator.

Contact Us

Want to learn more about the Certificate in Business Analytics? Please contact us for more information about the program, or to get answers to your specific questions.

Richard Crabb

Richard Crabb

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