Program Overview:

Sports Analytics Certificate Program

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Sports Analytics focuses on the skills necessary to work in today’s data-intensive and data-driven world. This online certificate provides the technical and leadership training required for key positions in sports team management and analytics. Building upon Northwestern University's graduate program in predictive analytics and data science, it reviews key technologies in analytics and modeling, probability theory, applied mathematics, statistics and programming. It shows how analytic techniques may be utilized in evaluating player and team performance and in sports team administration.

Required Courses

To earn a certificate, students must complete the following four courses. In some cases, students who have previously completed equivalent coursework may be allowed to replace the required course with another course in the field. Graduates of the SPS Predictive Analytics program are automatically waived from Predict 400-DL and Predict 401-DL and will complete Predict 450-DL Marketing Analytics and Predict 455-DL Data Visualization in lieu of these course requirements. 

Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.


  • PREDICT 400-DL Math for Modelers
  • PREDICT 401-DL Statistical Analysis
  • PREDICT 456-DL Sports Performance Analytics
  • PREDICT 457-DL Sports Management Analytics