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Business Analytics - ADV CERT

Program Overview:

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Business Analytics is designed for graduate students interested in gaining insights that inform business decisions and optimize business processes. Data-driven companies treat their data as a corporate asset and leverage it for a competitive advantage. Successful business analytics depends on data quality, skilled analysts who understand the technologies and the business, and an organizational commitment to data-driven decision-making. The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics will prepare students to further their careers in a variety of organizations.

The certificate is designed for students who have a strong technical/computer background and/or significant work experience in technical areas.  Students who do not have the requisite background should explore the Master of Science in Business Analytics program.  Alternatively, students may be required to take additional prerequisite coursework (listed below) to satisfy any deficiencies.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Angela Gordon, SHRM-CP

Management and Marketing Department, Chair


Program Requirements:

Required Courses (15 Credits)

CSC 571Big Data Programming


BDA 500Stats for Business Analytics


BDA 620Predictive Modeling


BDA 660Machine Learning with R


BDA 662Quant Mthds & Operations Rsch



The use of computers is an integral part of graduate business courses. Students will have classroom assignments that require proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software applications. The College of Saint Rose computer facilities include computer laboratories with open-time access available to all students. Scanning and laser printing are available. Since students use computer applications throughout the graduate business program for assignments, analysis, presentations, and as a managerial tool, computer ownership is strongly recommended.

Professional Accreditation:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs are fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

General Admission Information

Eligibility for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate programs is typically based upon the following minimum requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed application, a resume, and Statement of Purpose of approximately 300 words detailing the applicant’s goals for graduate study.
  2. Evidence of the possession of a U.S.  baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution through submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary education.
  3. Academic and professional qualifications for graduate study, as indicated by two letters of recommendation. The Communication Sciences & Disorders and School Psychology programs requirethree letters of recommendation.
  4. A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), overall and in the undergraduate major.
  5. Other admission criteria specified by academic programs such as submission writing samples, portfolios, test scores, and participation in interviews or admissions workshops.

Applicants to The College of Saint Rose are responsible for completing their applications by submitting all required components. Prospective students can access the online application and application instructions at

See Graduate Admissions section for more information.

Financial Aid

The College of Saint Rose has long been committed to the premise that a quality education should be within the reach of qualified students. To this end, the College serves its student body through a comprehensive program of federal, state, and institutional financial aid. While the basic responsibility for financing education lies with the students and their families, scholarships, loans, and/or assistantships can supplement insufficient family resources. The amount of aid available through the College is limited and is awarded on the basis of academic merit. All financial assistance from the College is subject to adjustment if the recipients are later granted aid from other sources. Financial aid awards are contingent upon students’ maintaining good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress.

See Financial Aid section for more information.

Additional Business Analytics Admission Information:

Admission Requirements for the Certificate in Business Analytics

At a minimum, an applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Applications require a statement of purpose, current resume and all academic transcripts. Normally, the minimum admission requirement is an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, if the overall undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0, additional information such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores may be requested. Applicants to the MBA+ Business Analytics certificate must meet all admissions requirements for the MBA degree.

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants are not required to have a specific undergraduate degree. However, previous coursework in statistics, computer programming and database management/design are required. Any deficiencies in prerequisites may be satisfied by taking appropriate coursework before beginning CAS coursework.

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