Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Business Data Analytics Certificate

Get the skills you need to interpret data and make data-driven business decisions in our Business Data Analytics certificate program. Our certificate will equip you to be a strategic, data-driven leader, while also guiding you through the software, languages, and methodologies for modeling and analyzing data.
Upon completion of the certificate program, you will be able to leverage your knowledge to identify new business opportunities, assess a current business situation, formulate strategic recommendations, and help your company gain a competitive advantage through data analysis. You’ll also be prepared to manage teams of developers, as you will be exposed to languages and tools, including R, SQL, Tableau, and data modeling software.

About the Certificate Program

The Certificate in Business Data Analytics is a graduate-level, five-course certificate that prepares professionals to derive value from data and understand the business implications. It provides an essential foundation for business professionals who need to acquire skills and credentials in business analytics.

It is an excellent specialization for students who are currently pursuing a Quinlan graduate degree, professionals with a business degree, or any professional who needs to understand current business data analytics methodologies.  Successful certificate program students come from a variety of backgrounds and undergraduate degrees.


The certificate requires completion of five courses. There are three required core courses and two electives, which may be selected to focus on specific application areas.

Required Courses

  • INFS 492: Database Systems (must be taken before 494 and 796)
  • INFS 494: Data Mining
  • INFS 796: Data Warehousing

Elective Application Courses (select 2)

  • BSAD 443: Business Analytics 
  • ECON 625/FINC: Applied Econometrics
  • HRER 490: Data-Driven Decision Making
  • INFS 592: Data Visualization
  • INFS 791: Programming for Business Decision Making
  • ISSCM 495: Forecasting Methods
  • MARK 461: Research Methods in Marketing
  • MARK 562: Database Marketing Strategy
  • INFS 590: Global Strategy and Data (study abroad summer class)

Program Structure

Courses are scheduled to enable completion of the certificate in 9 to 12 months. Sessions meet once per week for ten weeks. Courses are offered at our Water Tower Campus in Chicago (weekday evenings or Saturdays), with some courses also available online. 

All courses completed in the certificate program can be applied toward a Quinlan MBA degree or M.S. in Information Systems Management.

Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

Students should have completed one course in statistics (or can complete a statistics course at Loyola before beginning the certificate program) and have the U.S. equivalent of a BA or BS degree.

Application Deadlines

All academic programs in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system, and new students begin during all quarters.

QuarterApplication DeadlineQuarter Starts
Fall July 15 Late August
Winter Oct. 1 Early November
Spring Jan. 15 Late February
Summer April 1 Late May

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