The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics will help analysts and professionals from diverse domains to effectively analyze data through the hands-on use of decision modeling and other techniques using popular software tools. The program covers a wide array of methodologies and techniques — from data collection, organization, reporting and mining to extraction of useful and actionable information for decision makers.

Courses (grades of C* or better) taken as part of the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics can be applied toward the Mason MBA of MS in Business Analytics degree upon acceptance into the degree program. To see which certificate courses apply to the degree programs, visit the School of Business website.

*Students earning a C in a certificate course should refer to catalog policy AP.6.6 for details on the impact of unsatisfactory passing grades on academic standing.

Non-MBA students enroll in GBUS courses while MBA students enroll in MBA courses.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics operates on an 8-week module structure and can be pursued either as face-to-face or online format.

To verify if this certificate currently qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid please visit the unit website.


Eligibility Requirements

All students registering for School of Business graduate courses must have graduate standing.  Non-degree student status is not available. 

Full eligibility and admission requirements can be viewed on the program website.


Students may use the credits completed as part of their graduate degree requirements in accordance with program requirements and AP.6 Graduate Policies. A maximum of 3 graduate credits taken at another institution can be transferred to the graduate certificate. The time limit for completion is six years from the date of admission to the graduate certificate. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 to complete the certificate. 

Graduate level courses offered by the School of Business cannot be audited.

Banner Code: BU-CERG-BUSA

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Required Course

MBA 738Data Mining for Business Analytics3
or GBUS 738 Data Mining for Business Analytics
Total Credits3


Select three courses from the following: 9
Marketing Analytics
Marketing Analytics
Marketing Research
Marketing Research
Advanced Data Mining for Business Analytics
Advanced Data Mining for Business Analytics
People Analytics
People Analytics
Fraud Examination
Fraud Examination
Total Credits9