Certificate in Business Analytics

Program Overview
Admission Requirements
Prerequisite Course
Program Cost
Registration Information
Pre-Enrollment Instructions
Registration Instructions
Job Opportunities
Contact Information

Program Overview

Today's successful businesses need to base decisions on expert analysis of large volumes of data. The need for successful graduates with a strong analytical background and skills – MBA graduates in particular – has never been higher and is expected to increase over the coming years.

The Online Certificate in Business Analytics is an intensive online program designed for business professionals and graduate students who want to transform terabytes of data into useful and timely business intelligence. Whether your focus is on marketing, operations, finance, strategy, international business or human resources, you will learn how to use data to make knowledge-driven business decisions. 

This four-course (12 unit) program is taught by San Jose State University College of Business faculty. Each course is delivered over an eight-week period. In order to complete the certificate, you must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the program as a whole. Only three units of "C" and 0 units of less than "C" coursework can be applied toward a certificate. Only three units of an entire program can be repeated (and can be repeated a single time only). If a course is repeated, both grades will be used in the computation of program GPA.

You can complete the courses asynchronously. Therefore, our program is designed with a flexible schedule ideal for working professionals. You can begin the certificate in the fall or spring semester and complete it in less than one calendar year.

And you can take these courses separately from the certification program, as well.

The four courses include:

BUS 235A: Introduction to Business Analytics
BUS 235B: Business Research
BUS 235C: Data Mining for Business Analytics
BUS 235D: Business Analytics Simulation

For students interested in pursuing an MBA program offered by the Lucas Graduate School of Business, SJSU allows a transfer of up to 12 units for courses completed in the certificate or eligible graduate courses taken at another institution. 

The completion of the certificate or any of its individual courses does not guarantee admission to the MBA program or eligibility to enroll in graduate courses outside of the certificate.

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Admissions Requirements:

Please note: This program is 100% online and you can complete it from wherever you are located.  San Jose State University will not issue an I-20 to secure an F-1 visa to enter the United States for this program.  This is not a STEM program.

Educated Within the United States

You must have completed a four-year bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in the United States.

Your GPA should be 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of study, with an absolute minimum overall GPA of 2.5. There is no conditional admission to the certificate program.

Educated Outside the United States

If you earned your degree from a higher education institution outside the United States, you must take an English-language proficiency exam. You must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized institution if you earned your degree outside the United States. SJSU does not accept classes taught in English as a substitute for an English-language proficiency exam.

The Online Certificate in Business Analytics requires a minimum score of:

TOEFL (internet-based): 80, or

IELTS: 7.0, or

Pearson’s Test of English (PTE): 68

Letters from applicants or institutions will not be accepted. 

SJSU will consider waiving this requirement if you:

  • Earned a bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  • Earned a bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited institution for which English is the official and primary language of that country
  • Completed three years of full-time coursework in an accredited U.S. institution

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Prerequisite Course, All Applicants:

To enroll in the Business Analytics certificate, you must have completed a college-level statistics course with a grade of B (3.0) or better (on a 4.0 scale) at an accredited college or university within five years prior to enrolling in our program. 

If you have not yet met the statistics requirement, we recommend: 

  • Local community colleges (for Statistics, please refer to our articulation page and search for BUS 90 equivalencies)

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  • $2,550 per 3-unit course
  • $10,200 total cost

The above costs do not include books, supplies, etc. Tuition fees are subject to change.

Registration Information:

If you are currently enrolled in SJSU’s MBA program, please register as you normally would through MySJSU.

If you are not a currently enrolled SJSU student, please follow the pre-enrollment instructions below.

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Pre-Enrollment Instructions*:

  1. Submit the pre-screening form, as early as possible.
  2. We will evaluate your form and notify you of the results.

If you are notified that you are eligible, please continue following the Registration Instructions (below).

*You only need to complete the pre-screening process once, but will be required to submit the registration form prior to each class.  

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Registration Instructions:

Educated within the United States

Complete and submit the Registration Form (PDF) each term. If you take two classes during the term, you do not need to register for both at the same time. (Please note, you may not take classes through Open University in the Business Analytics program if you have previously been denied admission to an SJSU graduate program.)

As soon as you register, the tuition fee will be due in 21 days. If you would like to register for the later class at a later time, that is fine. Just submit the form again prior to the next class.

Please scan or take a picture of the form and email it to catherine.dougherty@sjsu.edu at least one week prior to the beginning of the class you wish to take. This is a standardized form that is processed by a different SJSU office. Therefore, you may notice that the form repeats many of the questions you were asked during pre-screening. We apologize for the repetitive steps and appreciate your cooperation.

  1. The Lucas Graduate School of Business will screen your form and forward it to the Registrar's Office.
  2. You will be notified by email when you are officially registered in the course. We will give you your SJSU ID number, as well as the due date for the tuition fee.
  3. Pay the tuition fee, which runs $2,550 per three-unit class. See the Registration Form for payment methods.

If you have any questions, please contact the program director.

Educated Outside the United States

If you were educated outside the United States, you must apply for the Business Analytics Certificate through Cal State Apply. Your application to begin classes in the fall semester must be submitted by June 1, and your application to begin classes in the spring semester must be submitted by November 1. After your application is approved, you will receive instructions for registration.

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Job Opportunities:

Business analytics skills are in big demand by all industries. Here are a few jobs that benefit from our program:

  • Market Research Analysts
  • Business Analysts
  • Corporate Managers
  • Small Business Owners
  • Sales Managers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Operations Managers
  • Non-Profit Managers
  • Billing Managers
  • Customer Service Managers
  • Web Behavior Analysts
  • Database Managers

In short, if you would like to develop business analytics skills, you will find employment at all levels of management – from entry-level database managers to any number of upper management jobs that involve tactical and strategic decision-making.

The Bay Area is home to an abundance of industries and companies in need of business analytics skills, so earning this certificate at SJSU will serve you well. However, because our program is offered online, you don’t have to live in the Bay Area to participate. The program is open to everyone, anywhere.

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Spring 2020

Course: BUS 235A Introduction to Business Analytics
Instructor:   D. Czerwinski
Date: January 21 - March 14
Class Number:  29792
Units: 3
Cost: $2,550

Course: BUS 235B Business Research
Instructor:  J. Zhang
Date: March 16 - May 16
Class Number:  29793
Units: 3
Cost: $2,550

Fall 2020

Course: BUS 235C Data Mining for Business Analytics
Date: August - October 
Class Number:  
Units: 3
Cost: $2,550

Course: BUS 235D Business Analytics Simulation
Date: October - December 
Class Number:  
Units: 3
Cost: $2,550

*Fees are subject to change.

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Contact Information:

Catherine Dougherty
Program Coordinator
Phone: (408) 924-3424
Fax: (408) 924-3426
Email: catherine.dougherty@sjsu.edu

Dr. Kenneth Gehrt
Program Director
Phone: (408) 924-3534
Fax: (408) 924-3445
Email: kenneth.gehrt@sjsu.edu

If you would like additional information on this program, please leave us your contact information.

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