Graduate Certificate in Analytics and Modeling

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 modeling focuses on foundational skills and knowledge for those working in or hoping to work in data science and analytics in any industry.

Students will learn various techniques to test real-world predictions about data. They explore data, identify appropriate models, and validate those models. With a focus on traditional methods of applied statistics, this certificate prepares data scientists to utilize algorithms for predictive modeling and analytics, developing models for marketing, finance, and other business applications.




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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 and Modeling

Graduate Certificate in Analytics and Modeling Learning Outcomes

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

  • Articulate analytics as a core strategy of data science
  • Transform data into actionable insights
  • Develop statistically sound and robust analytic solutions
  • Evaluate constraints on the use of data  

Analytics and Modeling Curriculum

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

  • MSDS 400 Math for Modelers
  • MSDS 401 Applied Statistics with R
  • MSDS 410 Data Modeling for Supervised Learning
  • MSDS 411 Data Modeling for Unsupervised Learning

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.

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Analytics and Modeling 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 and Modeling Tuition

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

Registration Information for Analytics and Modeling

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Analytics and Modeling Faculty

Instructors in the Graduate Certificate in Analytics and Modeling 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 and Modeling 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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