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College of Business and Analytics

Certificate in Analytics for Managers


The College of Business and Analytics at Southern Illinois University offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Analytics for Managers. Managers increasingly must process large amounts of data to make faster and better decisions. Analytics comprises a set of technical tools that can use this data to find solutions to business problems.

This certificate allows practicing executives, managers, and those on the managerial track to understand their organization in terms of analytics, to make the best use of their organization’s analytics function, and to apply analytical models back into their organization. This is not a deeply technical program because few managers will need the highly technical skills of data scientists. Instead, this program introduces executives and managers to the latest advances in analytics and artificial intelligence so they can understand how businesses apply them to become more profitable.

SIU also offers an online M.B.A. with a concentration in Analytics for Managers as well as a Master of Science in Strategic Analytics. Compared to these other programs, the Certificate provides a more streamlined overview of Analytics and is focused towards those wanting greater knowledge of Analytics without other graduate courses in business. This certificate is ideal for anyone with a background in business – either with a business degree or real-world experience – but who wants to complement this background with more exposure to the tools businesses increasingly apply in their operations.

Program Delivery

All courses in the Certificate Program are online. While you are invited to all on campus events and we would love for you to visit, students are never required to come to campus.

Coursework and Schedule

To earn the certificate, students must take the following six courses, completing them with a 3.0+ GPA. Please see course descriptions for more detail.





BA 524 - Foundations of Analytics for Managers


16 weeks


BA 525 - Data Science and Analytics for Managers


8 weeks


BA 560 - Management of Information Systems


8 weeks


Ba 526 - Advanced Analytics and AI for Managers


8 weeks


BA 527 - Advanced Analytics and Visualization for Managers


8 weeks


BA 528 - M.B.A. Analytics Capstone


16 weeks


Time to Completion

Students can complete the program in as little as two semesters although they can also complete the program at their own pace.

How to Apply

If you are not already a graduate student at SIU, you will need to apply for non-declared graduate student status. Please note: you cannot choose a certificate option at this stage in the application. You will select “non-declared graduate student status” and once admitted to SIU you will then contact us (see below for contact info) to proceed with the certificate.

To create an account and apply, please visit the SIU Application Portal. You will need to meet the following conditions and provide the following materials:

  1. SIU Graduate School application form (for those who are not already in a program of study).
  2. A Bachelor's degree, with a GPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale over approximately the last two years of study. Please provide a transcript.
  3. 3.0 or better GPA over all previous graduate coursework, if applicable. Please provide a transcript.
  4. Resume, including contact information for three professional references.

What might be required:

  1. If you are already in a graduate program of study during which you would like to concurrently complete the certificate, we may require the support of your graduate advisor.
  2. International applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or another equivalent test, as required by the Graduate School.
  3. Applicants who are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States should reach out to Nicholas Hoffman (nghoff@business.siu.edu) for additional guidance.

Cost of the Certificate Program

The cost for the program will be based on your student status. For most students, the cost will be $542.10 per credit hour which includes both tuition and fees. As the certificate includes 18 semester hours, this will amount to $9,757.80 for those students. As the University gives the same tuition rate to online students regardless of their residency status, this rate will be the same for Illinois residents, domestic US non-Illinois residents, and international students. Tuition rates may vary depending on if you are taking any on-campus courses, and depending on your “home” program (if not non-declared)

Please go to the Graduate School Catalog -- Tuition and Fees and the SIU Tuition and Fee Calculators page for more information, including reductions in cost for qualifying students.

Our Faculty

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Contact Information

For more information regarding the curriculum and how the Certificate can help you in your career, please contact:

Jim Nelson
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Analytics


Kevin Sylwester
Professor and Director of the School of Analytics, Finance & Economics

For help in applying or for more administrative questions, please contact:

Nicholas Hoffman
Coordinator of Assessment and Online Graduate Programs


Online Graduate Programs
College of Business and Analytics
Southern Illinois University
1025 Lincoln Drive
Rehn Hall, Suite 133 - Mail Code 4625
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Telephone: 618|453-3030