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Business Analytics Certificate

The business skills you need, when you need them. Certified.

At no time in history has there been more demand for professionals which possess excellent communication, leadership, decision-making, and business-analytical skills.

This certificate is designed to meet the growing industry demand for graduates with business analytics skills. Technology is fueling data growth at an exponential speed, which is driving the demand for professionals who understand how to apply business analytics to improve business innovation and productivity. Our Business Analytics certificate combines classes, such as quantitative data analysis with R, data visualization, and leading a data-driven organization, equipping you to thrive in an evolving and expanding field.


MBA Virtual Information Session

February 15

An online webinar for prospective graduate students to learn more about the Master of Business Administration program, as well as our post-baccalaureate certificates in Business Analytics, Esports Management, Healthcare Management, and Supply Chain Management. This event is designed to present an overview of our programs, provide an opportunity to connect with faculty, and hear from your admission counselor.

Apply today to start next term
Monday, March 13, 2023

Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.

AACSB Accredited

Accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the mark of excellence in business education earned by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide.

Top Reasons to choose Business Analytics Certificate
(Post-Baccalaureate) at florida southern college

Strong Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 115,200 new management analyst jobs will be created between 2016 and 2026.


Our expert and esteemed faculty are members of professional organizations and the community.

Flexible Schedule

Most classes meet on campus or online, utilizing an engaged learning structure in both environments.

Be Competitive

Our comprehensive courses prepare you with practical experiences and knowledge that will provide you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Meet our Mocs

Lauren Kenny

Lauren Kenny

Pursuing a concentration has allowed me to broaden my industry knowledge and explore concepts in greater depth. It also enabled me to better differentiate myself as a job candidate in a competitive marketplace.

Daniel Boston

Daniel Boston

Taking the Supply Chain Management course with Professor Ramey was key to my finding success in the CSCMP SCPro Bridge Exam program. Being exposed to the key tenants of supply chain management in class as well as using the text from CSCMP as our core learning materials gave me a head start, making my preparation for the certification exam a great experience.

Jennifer Dapko, Ph.D
- Assistant Professor of Marketing

"The Business Analytics certificate at Florida Southern College is designed to teach business-minded professionals to analyze data sets (of all kinds). Students will learn how to turn raw data into actionable insights that will help drive their businesses forward. Whether you’re just starting your career, or you’re a seasoned executive leading teams, the Business Analytics certificate will provide the skills necessary to work successfully on, or with, a team of analytics professionals."

Read More about Jennifer Dapko, Ph.DMeet Our Faculty

Program Details


Classes meet on campus two Saturdays per month, with the remaining coursework completed online, ideal for working professionals who still want face-to-face interactions and networking opportunities.


All coursework is completed online. With access to virtual advising, this option is ideal for working professionals who travel or require the convenience of an online delivery.

Florida Southern College attracts students who demonstrate the academic ability and strong motivation to succeed in challenging graduate courses. Applicants must have completed the graduate non-degree certificate application and submit official transcripts from an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 3.00+ GPA. The GPA requirement may be waived for applicants that meet any one of the following criteria:

The GPA requirement may be waived for applicants that meet one of the following criteria:

  • At least three years of significant managerial or military experience
  • Beta Gamma Sigma membership
  • An earned terminal degree (e.g. DBA, PhD, JD)
  • Hold an active CPA license

Please note, to be eligible to receive the certificate, students must attain a minimum 3.00+ GPA.


Due to SEVIS guidelines, we cannot consider international students for this track due to the fully online delivery method.

Additional Admission Requirements for Business Analytics Certificate

  • Personal statement that reflects your interest in our MBA program.
    • The essay should not exceed 2000 words, and should explain how your interest in pursuing an MBA degree at Florida Southern College relates to your professional/career goals. Your essay should also describe any experiences that have prepared you for success in our program.

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog

Certificate completion requires enrollment in four graduate level courses (a total of 12 credit hours) to immediately leverage skills and concepts learned upon certification.

Course Number Course Name
BUS 6010 Graduate Business Foundations I: MBA Math Foundations (non-credit)
BUS 6860 Data Analytics
BUS 6870 Quantitative Analysis with R
BUS 6880 Data Visualization
BUS 6890 Leading a Data-Driven Organization

Course Descriptions

BUS 6010 Graduate Business Foundations I: MBA Math Foundations (PreREquisite for all courses)

Intensive focus on accounting, finance, economics, and statistics to equip students with overview of fundamental background knowledge and skill-sets essential for success in FSC MBA program and career. Students acquire and apply concepts quickly with high level of competency.

BUS 6860 Data Analytics

Today’s business environment is both highly complex and competitive. Businesses collect a vast array of data. Knowing how to use this data (to understand the business, address important business questions, and to improve the business) is a critical skill to any successful business manager. This course provides students with an opportunity for hands-on work with data collection, data manipulation and exploration, predictive analytics, decision under uncertainty, and analytics tools.

BUS 6870 Quantitative Data Analysis with R

This course introduces the basic concepts of data analysis and statistical computing, using the R programming language, both increasingly used in the social sciences and the humanities. The emphasis is on the practical application of quantitative reasoning, data analysis, and visualization. The goal is to provide students pragmatic tools for assessing statistical claims and conducting their own basic statistical analyses. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, measures of association, sampling and sample size estimation, random variables and probability, correlation testing, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals. These analytic techniques and tools are widely applicable to a myriad of industries and business contexts. A thorough understanding of statistics will be emphasized.

BUS 6880 Data Visualization

This course focuses on the art and science of turning data into readable graphics. The course will begin with an understanding and application of exploratory data analysis which is the first critical step in the data analysis and modeling workflow, and it most always helps to refine an analyst’s research question. Then the course will explore how to design and create data visualizations based on data available and tasks to be achieved. This process includes data modeling, data processing (such as aggregation and filtering), mapping data attributes to graphical attributes, and strategic visual encoding based on known properties of visual perception as well as the task(s) at hand. Students will also learn to evaluate the effectiveness of visualization designs, and think critically about each design decision. Students will create data visualizations using data visualization tools such as Tableau or an equivalent. Students will also read academic and non-academic papers in the visualization literature and will create video presentations of their findings.

BUS 6890 Leading a Data-Driven Organization

Effective leaders should understand how to capitalize on the wealth of data available to them in order to successfully manage people and processes. This course introduces students to concepts important to effective data-driven management.

The Post-Baccalaureate Business Analytics Certificate is not associated with certification or licensure through any national agency.

Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.

Courses completed for the graduate certificate are viewed as non-degree credits and are charged at a rate of $675 per credit hour. Students can apply certificate credits towards the FSC MBA degree program by submitting an MBA application. They would also need to cover the balance of the MBA per credit hour rate of $1035 for any certificate credits already completed. Courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of B in the certificate program and would accelerate completion allowing you to earn your degree in as few as three semesters.

*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Online courses asynchronous?

Yes. Assignments are due weekly and there is no requirement to login at specific time frames.

What are the hours of the Saturday-hybrid classes?

There are 3 different time blocks for Saturday courses: 9:00 to 11:45 AM, 12:45 to 3:30 PM, and 3:45 to 6:30 PM.

Can I change delivery methods at any point of the program?

Yes. Our Flex Saturday-hybrid delivery allows you to take both Saturday-hybrid and Online courses. If you started with our fully Online delivery, you are able to switch to our Flex Saturday-hybrid delivery.

How many classes can I take each 7-week term?

We recommend students take one course each term, but students can take up to two courses per term if they want an accelerated progression. We encourage you to reach out to us to discuss your preferred timeline.

Can the GRE/GMAT requirement be waived?

Yes. To be considered for a test waiver, you must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA meet one of the following criteria:

  • Applicant currently holds a master’s or terminal degree (JD, MD, PhD, etc.) OR
  • Applicant is a graduate of an AACSB-accredited business school with a 3.3+ GPA OR
  • Applicant is a lifetime Beta Gamma Sigma member OR
  • Applicant currently holds an active CPA license OR
  • Applicant has a minimum of three years of qualifying managerial experience

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