Sports Analytics Certificate Program

The graduate certificate 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 data science, it reviews key technologies in analytics and modeling, probability theory, applied mathematics, statistics and programming. It shows how analytic techniques may be used in evaluating player and team performance and in sports team administration. 



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Complete this four-course certificate and apply your credit to either the MA in Sports Administration or MS in Data Science program at SPS.


About the Sports Analytics Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate in Sports Analytics Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the certificate, students will have the knowledge, skills, and aptitude to:

  •  Build and interpret mathematical models of real-world phenomena in and across multiple disciplines
  • Apply statistical techniques to the processing and interpretation of data from various industries and disciplines
  • Use exploratory data analysis, predictive modeling, and presentation graphics in working with player on-field and on-court performance measures
  • Employ modeling methods in studying player and team valuation, sports media, ticket pricing, game-day events management, loyalty and sponsorship program development, and customer relationship management


Sports Analytics Curriculum

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

  • MSDS 400 Math for Data Scientists
  • MSDS 401 Statistical Analysis
  • MSDS 456 Sports Performance Analytics
  • MSDS 457 Sports Management Analytics

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.

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

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.

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.

Applying Credit to SPS Graduate Programs

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to either the MA in Sports Administration or the MS in Data Science program at SPS 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.

Find out more about Northwestern's Sports Analytics Certificate Program

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