Skip to main content
SPS Logo

Program Overview

Sports Analytics

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.

START MY APPLICATIONRequest InformationATTEND AN INFORMATION SESSION

 

About the Sports Analytics Certificate Program

Sports Analytics Course Schedule

The Sports Analytics Course Schedule page provides you with detailed information on the program's offerings.

Sports Analytics Faculty

You can find a full listing of our instructors in this certificate program on the Sports Analytics Faculty page.

Admission for the Sports Analytics Certificate Program

Applicants to this certificate program must hold a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. A competitive graduate record that indicates strong academic ability is required, though applicants need not have extensive academic experience in public policy. Work experience in the public sector is desirable but not necessary.

A list of admission requirements can be found on our Sports Analytics Admission page.

Sports Analytics Tuition

Tuition costs can vary for each of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on financial obligations, please visit our Sports Analytics Tuition page.

Sports Analytics Registration Information

Our Sports Analytics Registration Information page outlines important dates and deadlines as well as the process for adding and dropping courses.

Gainful Employment in Sports Analytics

Common questions and answers related to cost, financing and success in this certificate program are found on our Gainful Employment in Sports Analytics page.

Find out more about Northwestern's Sports Analytics Certificate Program

Sports Analytics 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.

Core Courses:Course Detail
Math for Modelers <> PREDICT 400-DL

Students learn techniques for building and interpreting mathematical models of real-world phenomena in and across multiple disciplines, including matrices, linear programming, probability, and both differential and integral calculus, with an emphasis on applications. This is for students who want a firm understanding and/or review of these fields of mathematics prior to applying them in subsequent courses. Counts as an elective for students admitted prior to fall 2014. Required as a core course for students admitted for fall 2014 and after.


View PREDICT 400-DL Sections
Statistical Analysis <> PREDICT 401-DL

Students learn to apply statistical techniques to the processing and interpretation of data from various industries and disciplines. Topics covered include probability, descriptive statistics, study design and linear regression. Emphasis will be placed on the application of the data across these industries and disciplines and serve as a core thought process through the entire Predictive Analytics curriculum.

Prerequisite: PREDICT 400-DL Math for Modelers.


View PREDICT 401-DL Sections
Courses:Course Detail
Sports Performance Analytics <> PREDICT 456-DL

An introduction to sports performance measurement and analytics, this course reviews roles of athletes at each position in sports selected by the instructor. It discusses the development and use of accurate assessments and variability due to factors such as body type, climate, and playing surface. The course reviews athletic performance measurements, including jumping ability, running speed, agility, and strength. It utilizes exploratory data analysis, predictive modeling, and presentation graphics, showing real-world implications for athletes, coaches, team managers, and the sports industry.

 

Prerequisite: PREDICT 401-DL Introduction to Statistical Analysis.


View PREDICT 456-DL Sections
Sports Management Analytics PREDICT 457-DL

This course provides a comprehensive review of financial, statistical, and mathematical models as they relate to sports team administration, marketing, and business management. The course gives students an opportunity to work with data and models relating to sports business tactics and strategy. Students employ modeling methods in studying sports team media, ticket pricing and game-day events, loyalty and sponsorship program development, player and team valuation, and customer relationship management. The course makes extensive use of sports business case studies.

 

Prerequisite: PREDICT 401-DL Introduction to Statistical Analysis.


View PREDICT 457-DL Sections
Back to top