Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Program

Arati Srinivasan, Assistant Professor of ManagementPC’s new Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Program was developed in conjunction with leading employers (CVS, Johnson & Johnson, PwC, and others) to provide employees an opportunity to develop strategic critical-thinking and decision making competencies using data. This is a 3-course, 9-credit-hour business analytics certificate taught by PC faculty recognized as experts in their fields. The Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Program provides a rapid foundational education in decision making and quantitative analysis, with a focus on building confidence to use data to make strategic decisions. This competency has been identified as an integral business skill all employees will need to lead change and make better business decisions.

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Who should enroll?

High-performing employees who desire additional expertise in business analytics, and recognize the growth of business analytics and the use of data within their own firm or industry.

Takeaways

Participants in this program will:
• Increase their data analysis and problem solving skills
• Learn a variety of business analytics techniques
• Apply analytic techniques learned in a real-world problem with data supplied by a local company

Course 1: MBA 648 Special Topics in Finance: Business Analytics I Business analytics provides techniques for collecting and examining data, as well as the methods for turning that data into actionable knowledge. The course will explore analytical techniques to: describe what has happened (descriptive analytics), use the past to predict the future (predictive analytics), and identify what is the best action to take (prescriptive analytics). The course also examines data visualizations and querying database sources. Winter 2018: January 5 & 12, 6 to 10 p.m.; and, January 6, 13, & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Course 2: MBA 690 Operations and Service Management Many managerial decisions — regardless of their functional orientation — are increasingly based on analysis using quantitative models from the discipline of management science. Management science tools, techniques, and concepts (e.g., data, models, and software systems) have dramatically changed the way businesses operate in manufacturing, service operations, marketing, and finance. This course is designed to enhance students’ decision making analysis and introduce them to the various management science modeling techniques. Spring 2018: Wednesdays, January 16-May 12, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Course 3: MBA 648 Special Topics in Finance: Business Analytics II The abundance of available data that firms are able to access has dramatically changed the way businesses operate in manufacturing, service operations, marketing, and finance. This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate and apply the analytical skills and knowledge learned in previous courses to a real-world business analytics project. Summer 2018: May 16, 7 to 10 p.m.; June 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 3, 1 to 6 p.m.; and, June 16, 23, & 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Program Details

Dates

January 5, 2018 – June 29, 2018

Students will register for three courses that, once completed, will count toward the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate. Students who successfully complete the certificate program may use their nine management credits toward their MBA degree. Admission into the PC MBA Program and GMAT waiver consideration will be reviewed for up to one year after certificate completion.*

Fee

The program fee is $6,003.00 for all three courses.

Applying

Submit the Business Analytics Certificate application form along with a resume and official college transcripts by December 15, 2017 to: mba@providence.edu or the Ryan Center for Business Studies, Room 135, Providence College, 1 Cunningham Sq., Providence, RI  02814.

Location

Providence College campus

Ryan Center at night

Benefits to Enrollment

Students will register for three courses that, once completed, will count toward the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate. Students who successfully complete the certificate program may use their nine management credits toward their MBA degree. Admission into the PC MBA Program and GMAT waiver consideration will be reviewed for up to one year after certificate completion.*

*Expedited admission into the PC MBA Program is dependent upon completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and the completion of the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Program with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

About the MBA Program

The MBA degree is management-focused and designed to help students develop critical thinking skills, analyze data, and solve business problems. It is a total of 12 courses with 8-9 core courses and 3-4 electives. The MBA Program provides students with both the knowledge and practical experience needed to be competitive in today’s workforce. The Program has a reputation of helping job seekers enhance their careers, while also achieving their educational and personal goals. Learn more here.

Faculty

David Cortes, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Finance

Jonathan Jackson, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Finance

Adam Villa, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Computer Science

Learn more about our Faculty here.

*The 2017-2018 Tuition cost per three-credit course is $2,001. Courses must be paid for, in full, at the time of registration each semester.