Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence

Department of Business and Information Technology


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Program Description:

Interest in business intelligence has been a recent strong theme among employers of our graduate students and among our distance students. Medium and large-sized businesses are especially interested.  In order to make appropriate decisions, upper-level administration of an organization needs to draw the data together from different systems in order to get a crisper picture of the status and performance of an organization and present it in helpful ways.  Examples include the development of organizational scorecards, dashboards and other tools that provide a picture of how an organization is performing. People capable of creating and maintaining such information are needed, but the in-depth education necessary for these people is available in only a few places.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence focuses on the technologies that allow an  organization to make effective business decisions based on operational data pulled together from many different sources inside an organization. The target audience consists of any individual who would manage any type of IT professionals, database administrators, business analysts, and any person who would need to understand the technologies behind the capabilities of those technologies.

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The business intelligence certificate program is open to all individuals who hold a bachelor's, master's or PhD degree and who have a minimum of 12 months of post-BS professional employment experience. You must complete the certificate program with a grade of "B" or better (3.0 GPA) in each of the certificate courses, and then may be admitted to the MBA program in business administration or the MS program in information science & technology. The normal application process will be followed, but the minimum undergraduate GPA and GRE score requirement will be waived. Normal course prerequisites still apply.

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  • ERP 5410: Use of Business Intelligence 
  • IS&T/ERP 6444: Essentials of Data Warehouses 

Choose two courses from the following:

  • ERP 5110: ERP Systems Design and Implementation 
  • ERP 5210: Performance Dashboard, Scorecard and Data Visualization 
  • ERP 6610: Customer Relationship Management 
  • ERP 6220: Enterprise Performance Dashboard Prototyping
  • IS&T 6443: Information Retrieval & Analysis
  • IS&T 6445: Database Marketing


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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