Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics and Data Science

Department of Business and Information Technology



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Program Description:

 Data analytics facilitates realization of objectives by identifying trends, creating predictive models for forecasting and optimizing business processes for enhanced performance.  Three main categories of analytics are:

  • Descriptive- the use of data to find out what happened in the past
  • Predictive- the use of data to find out what could happen in the future
  • Prescriptive- the use of data to prescribe the best course of action for the future

Big Data is an emerging phenomenon.  Computing systems today are generating 15 petabytes of new information every day- eight more times than the combined information in all the libraries in the U.S.; about 80% of the data generated every day is textual and unstructured data.

This graduate certificate is one of three graduate certificates offered by cooperating departments at Missouri S&T to fulfill the needs in the area described as "Big Data."  The other two graduate certificates are:

   Big Data and Security
   Big Data Management and Analytics

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This graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PhD degree in areas such as business, social sciences, sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines.  The certificate program consists of four courses. In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken.  Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete.  The core courses will be offered at least once per year.  The courses in the certificate program will be offered such that students can complete the program in a timely manner.  If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Master of Business Administration or to the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology.  The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count towards the MBA program or the M.S. in Information Science and Technology degree program.  Once admitted to the Certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.

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IST 5420: Business Analytics & Data Science
IST 6420: Information Visualization and Analytics

Choose one of the following five courses: 

IST 5001: Data Methodologies Using Python
ERP 5410: Use of Business Intelligence
COMP SCI 5204: Regression Analysis
COMP SCI 5402: Data Mining & Machine Learning
COMP SCI 6304: Cloud Computing and Big Data Management
COMP ENG 6330: Clustering Algorithms (Co-listed with EE 6340, SysEng 6214, CSc 6405, Stat 6239)
STAT 5814: Applied Time Series Analysis 

    Choose one of the following seven courses:

    IST 6443: Information Retrieval and Analysis
    IST 6444: Essentials of Data Warehouses (Co-Listed with ERP 6444)
    IST 6445: Database Marketing
    IST 6448: Building the Data Warehouse
    IST 6887: Research Methods in Business and IS&T (Co-listed with BUS 6887)
    ERP 5210: Performance Dashboard, Scorecard and Data Visualization
    ERP 6610: Adv. Customer Relationship Mgmt in ERP Environment
    ERP 6220: Enterprise Performance Dashboard Prototyping
    BUS 6425: Supply Chain and Project Management

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    Course Descriptions:

    Course description can be found in the catalog at

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    Graduate Degrees

    Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

    Business Administration (MBA) 
    Information Science and Technology (MS)

    (Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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    Gainful Employment Program Disclosure


    Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)


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