Graduate Certificate in Analytics Management

The ability to harness data for actionable insight is increasingly essential for nearly every sector of the economy. We are awash in data, yet companies and organizations don’t always know how best to leverage their data to meet strategic goals, improve outcomes, or simply gain deeper understanding of their operations. This stackable graduate certificate in Analytics and Management focuses on foundational skills and knowledge for those working in or hoping to work in data science and analytics in any industry. 

Analytics managers bridge the work of analysts and modelers with business operations and strategy to help address future business needs, identify business opportunities, and translate the work of data scientists into language that business management understands. This certificate equips data scientists with the communication and management strategies needed to be data-driven leaders who utilize models, analyses, and statistical data to improve business performance.



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Complete this four-course certificate and apply your credit to Northwestern’s MS in Data Science program.


About the Graduate Certificate in Analytics Management

Graduate Certificate in Analytics Management Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the  certificate, students will be able to:

  • Develop statistically sound and robust analytic solutions
  • Demonstrate leadership 
  • Formulate and manage plans to address business issues 
  • Evaluate constraints on the use of data

Analytics Management Curriculum

Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the certificate:

  • MSDS 474 Accounting and Finance for Technology Managers
  • MSDS 476 Business Process Analytics
  • Two of the courses below:
    • MSDS 402 Research Design for Data Science
    • MSDS 403 Data Science and Digital Transformation
    • MSDS 472 Management Consulting
    • MSDS 475 Project Management
    • MSDS 480 Business Leadership and Communications
Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Analytics Management Courses

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Analytics Management Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Analytics Management Tuition

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate in Data Science program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the Analytics Management Certificate Tuition page.

Registration Information for Analytics Management

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Analytics Management Faculty

Instructors in the Graduate Certificate in Analytics Management program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on our Analytics Management Faculty page.

Applying Credit to the MS in Data Science Program

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to the SPS MS in Data Science program must submit an online application and submit all required application materials.

Students that elect to apply to a master's program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable master's degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact the SPS graduate advising team for information on how to pursue a master's degree at SPS.

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Corporate Data Science Training

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  • Your team members will learn together in small online classes and build the skills needed to implement consistent, high-level best practices across your organization.
  • You can increase the decision-making and forecasting ability of your organization without adding new positions.
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