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. Add the online Business Analytics Certificate to your resume in as little as one year.

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.

“One of the things that it’s really helped me with is being able to communicate with senior business leaders.”

At a glance


Courses are available online.


Complete five core business analytics courses


11-week classes, one night a week. No Fridays or weekends.

Time to complete

As little as 1 year


$11,250 (Five courses at $2,250 each) 


No entrance exam required.

University fees

Business Analytics Certificate students pay one university fee, a one-time Records and Documents fee, in the amount of $75. University of Iowa graduates who earned a degree prior to Fall 2016 get to skip this fee. If you begin with the certificate and later enroll in the master's, you'll pay only one records fee of $225.

Required courses

These five courses comprise the complete Business Analytics Certificate. You can use these courses toward the Iowa MBA or a Master’s in Business Analytics should you choose to pursue them later.

  • Data and Decisions (BAIS:9100 or MBA:8150)
  • Data Management and Visual Analytics (BAIS:6050)
  •  Data Programming in Python (BAIS:6040)
  • Data Science (BAIS:6070)
  • Advanced Analytics (BAIS:9110)

Business Analytics Certificate + Iowa MBA

Have your cake and eat it too. All your analytics coursework—five courses—can be counted toward your MBA through the Iowa 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 Iowa MBA Program.

Visit Iowa MBA admissions

Already an Iowa MBA student? Simply talk to your advisor about adding the Business Analytics Certificate to your plan of study.

Take the next step

Find out what you’ll need to apply for your business analytics certificate, when to submit your app, and more.

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