Certificate in Business Analytics

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Join professionals and graduates who are helping businesses use expert analysis to make informed decisions. Complete this intensive four-course online Business Analytics certificate within a year and enjoy the flexibility to learn around your schedule.

The Certificate in Business Analytics program is designed for individuals who want to gain insight and make data-driven decisions in all areas of business including marketing, operations, finance, international business, or human resources.

Courses are taught by the Lucas Graduate School of Business faculty. Most courses are online and asynchronous, with the exception of BUS 260 Managerial Decision Analysis, an elective that is partially online (with some  in-person meetings). You can transfer 12 units to the MBA program if later admitted.

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*Fee listed will increase by 5% in Fall 2026. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Benefits

A tool for the future

Analytics are touching every industry and business. Professionals with this experience are in demand, and according to a Forbes.com article, employment of people with analytics expertise is growing rapidly.

Learn when you can

This certificate is online and asynchronous, which means students can learn on their own schedule.

Pursue an MBA

12 units from this certificate can be transferred to the MBA program if students later choose to pursue this degree and are admitted.

Career Opportunities 

The opportunities with this certificate are vast. Business analytics tools are not limited to one industry but are instead used across a range of industries and roles. 

Analytical jobs are highly rated. 

Analytics is for entrepreneurs. 

  • Data analytics can greatly improve businesses, both small and large. Check out this article from Entreprenuer.com on why “everyone is making a shift towards a stronger focus on data collection.” 

"I have recently started to work as a data analyst at Cisco's marketing department. I enjoyed the business simulation class. I have to admit the competition on the simulation is highly addictive. It provides a good introduction to how business works as well as hands-on experience with doing business analytics."

Rui Zhang
Business Analytics student

Apply To The Program

Learn more about how to apply below.
  • Prerequisites

    To enroll in the Certificate in Business Analytics, you must have completed a college-level statistics course with a grade of B (3.0) or better at an accredited college or university within the last five years.

  • Admission Requirements
    • 4 year bachelor's degree from a US institution
    • A GPA of 3.0
  • How to Register
    • Current SJSU MBA students can enroll through MySJSU.
    • If you are not currently a student at SJSU, please submit the pre-screening form.
    • Visit the certificate site for more information. 
  • Application Deadlines

    For students not currently enrolled at SJSU: Admission is on a rolling basis. Submit the pre-screening form, as early as possible and a Lucas Graduate School staff will evaluate your form and notify you of the results.

  • FAQ

    Check out the full list of FAQs at the certificate program page.

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