Important Information for Spring 2021

In consideration of the health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff, we have made the decision to hold all Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 off-campus graduate business analytics courses fully online.

Enrollment specialists are available for virtual appointments five days a week. Book a time to get your questions answered.

Graduate certificate in business analytics

It’s time to show off what you can do with data.

Build in-demand skills that will take your career to new heights—or pivot in a new direction. You can add the Business Analytics Certificate to your resume in as little as one year. All five courses are offered in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and the Quad Cities.

The certificate's five courses are all required for the master’s degree in business analytics. So when you’re ready to make the leap to the master’s program, you’ll have a healthy head start, with half the credits already under your belt and no time lost.

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Alumni Story
Phaedra Strohmaier

Feeling stuck in your biz analytics career

At Wells Fargo, she was a technical writer who advanced into an operations analyst role. But she wanted the ability to interpret complex data for senior leaders who had limited analytics knowledge.

Phaedra capped off her Iowa MBA with a business analytics certificate—the result of a sequence of courses building deep expertise in data analysis. Now promoted to an analytic consultant in capacity planning, Phaedra uses big data to forecast work volume and personnel needs for teams across one of the world’s largest banks.

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What you'll study

Certificate courses are designed to give you great fundamentals. They work well as a stand-alone or as a gateway to the master's program. Five courses cover subjects from data science to data programming and advanced analytics.

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Applying to the program

You'll need to fill out the Business Analytics Certificate Application. Start by gathering the documents you need—your resume, transcripts, and a few other things. No GRE/GMAT required. See the complete application checklist in the Admission section.

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Business Analytics Certificate + Iowa MBA

Have your cake and eat it too. All your analytics coursework—five courses—can be counted toward your Iowa MBA through the Professional MBA Program. That gets you a third of the way through Iowa's #1 part-time MBA. And gives you a resume that would be hard to pass up for any employer. Start by getting admitted to the Professional MBA Program; visit the website to see admissions requirements.

Already a Professional MBA student? Get more information, including when to apply to the certificate program so your courses can count towards the certificate.

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