Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics (GCBA) allows students to gain specialized knowledge in both data analytics and management. Obtaining a graduate-level analytics certificate will provide an advantage to those seeking to advance their careers in the rapidly growing market for data and analytics professionals.

This 18-credit hour certificate program is an evening program designed for working professionals and offers students a wide choice of courses. Students can pursue the certificate at either a full-time or part-time pace. Program electives and faculty are shared with the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program and provide the same high level of instruction and interaction.

  • The GCBA requires 18 credit hours. All requirements must be completed within three years.
  • Current graduate students, as well as students not currently in a degree program (non-matriculated), are eligible for the GCBA program.
  • For current graduate students, certificate credits can cross-count toward your graduate program requirements.
  • For non-matriculated students, up to nine GCBA credits can transfer into the MSBA program, should you choose to pursue the full master degree.
  • Certificate students may start the program in Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.

Core Courses – 4.5 Credits

  • IS 6489 Statistics & Predictive Analytics (3)
  • MKTG 6487 Introduction to Business Analytics (1.5)

Elective Courses Group A – 10.5-13.5 Credits

  • IS 6420 Database Theory & Design (3)
  • IS 6482 Introduction to Data Mining (3)
  • IS 6493 Data Science & Big Data Analytics (3)
  • IS 6491 Data Visualization (1.5)
  • MKTG 6600 Algorithms for Business (3)
  • MKTG 6620 Machine Learning for Business Applications (3)
  • MKTG 6640 Business Algorithms for Text Analysis (3)
  • OIS 6610 Analytical Decision Models I (1.5)
  • OIS 6611 Analytical Decision Models II (1.5)

Elective Courses Group B – 0-3 Credits

Students can take up to 3 credits from Group B.

  • IS 6483 Advanced Data Mining (3)
  • IS 6484 Advanced Data Management (3)
  • IS 6480 Data Warehousing Design and Implementation (3)
  • IS 6850 Advanced SQL (1.5) (available Summer 2020)
  • MKTG 6730 Strategic Marketing Communications (3)
  • MKTG 6770 Consumer Insights & Analytics (3)
  • FINAN 6380 Financial Modeling (3)
  • FINAN 6400 Financial Engineering (3)
  • OIS 6040 Data Analysis & Decision Making I (1.5)
  • OIS 6041 Data Analysis & Decision Making II (1.5)
  • OIS 6425 Six Sigma for Managers (3)
  • OIS 6500 Visual Basic Applications for Business (1.5)
  • OIS 6510 Visual Basic Applications for Business II (1.5)
See course descriptions on the University of Utah course catalog
  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (non-matriculated students) or a minimum 3.0 GPA in their current graduate program.
  • A GMAT/GRE score is not required for admission to the GCBA.
  • There are no pre-requisites for admission into the certificate program; however, some courses may have individual pre-requisites.

Step 1: Apply for Non-Degree Seeking Admission

Applicants who are not current, matriculated University of Utah students will need to submit a non-matriculated application for admission. (Note: the non-matriculated application is the same as the undergraduate application. Once the application is started, students can elect to apply for non-matriculated status).


To be eligible for non-matriculated admission, students must:

  • Have graduated from high school at least three years ago.
    • For GED-holders, a minimum 550 composite score with no individual score below 500 is required.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • International students requiring an F-1 visa are not eligible for non-matriculated admission.
    • Note that permanent residents and other international applicants must meet English-proficiency requirements.
  • Be in good standing with the last college or university attended and have a minimum 2.6 GPA. (Please note that while the university requires a 2.6 GPA, the certificate requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.)
  • Find more information about non-matriculated admission.
Submit your Non-Matriculated Application

Step 2: Apply for the Graduate Certificate

Once you’re admitted as a non-matriculated student, you can submit the Eccles School graduate certificate application.

The GCBA application will ask applicants to:

  • Upload an unofficial copy of transcripts from your undergraduate degree institution
  • Provide a short personal statement telling us about your interest in the graduate certificate (2000 character limit)
  • Upload your current resume
  • Provide verification of University of Utah student status (student ID number)
Submit your GCBA Application

Non-matriculated students are required to apply for non-matriculation admission prior to applying to the certificate program. For students not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, admission into the GCBA is contingent upon admission to the University as a non-matriculated student.

Application Requirements

The GCBA application will ask applicants to:

  • Provide a short personal statement telling us about your interest in the graduate certificate (2000 character limit)
  • Upload your current resume
  • Upload unofficial transcripts
  • Provide verification of University of Utah student status (student ID number)
  • List current graduate program, start date and anticipated graduation date
Submit your GCBA Application
  • Students must apply for the certificate at least one semester prior to the semester in which they will graduate.
  • GCBA applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Certificate students may start the program in Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.
  • Note: the University of Utah non-matriculated application may close at any time.
  • Resident / Full-Time: $19,000
  • Resident / Part-Time: $20,300

These estimates reflect the tuition and fees for all required credit hours taken over the course of either two semesters (full-time) or three semesters (part-time) at the current tuition rates. Tuition rates are subject to change. For the most updated tuition information, please view the University of Utah tuition rate schedule.

  • Access to individual career coaching is not available for non-matriculated students.
  • Financial aid is not available to non-matriculated students; however, private loans may be available.
  • A maximum of up to 15 credits may be retroactively applied toward the certificate program should students apply for the certificate after graduation.
  • MSBA capstone classes are not available to certificate students.
  • Scholarships are currently not available for certificate students.
  • International students seeking an F1 visa are not eligible to apply for the certificate as non-matriculated students.
  • Grades, credits, and the certificate appear on an official university transcript.
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA in certificate courses is required for successful completion of the certificate.
  • Students must apply for the certificate at least one semester prior to the semester in which they will graduate.
Apply for the Graduate Certificate